Dr. Oswalt holds degrees from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana; Asbury Theological Seminary; and Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. From Brandeis he received the Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies. His particular interest is in Old Testament studies with special attention to the Hebrew language and to the formation of Hebrew religion against the background of the ancient Near East.
Dr. Oswalt’s writings have appeared in Bible encyclopedias, scholarly journals, and popular religious periodicals. Many of these articles have dealt with the application of Biblical teachings to modern ethical questions. He has written or edited twelve books, the best-known of these being a two-volume commentary on Isaiah in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series. His most recent book is The Holy One of Israel, a collection of his articles on the book of Isaiah.. He was the Old Testament editor of the Wesley Bible, a study Bible from the Wesleyan perspective published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1990, and also served as consulting editor for the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan, 1997). He was a member of the New International Version translation team, and is one of an eleven-member editorial team which has revised the Living Bible (New Living Translation, 1996, 2006) for Tyndale House Publishers. He is under contract to write a commentary on the Books of Kings in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary being produced by Logos.
Dr. Oswalt is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, with membership in the Kentucky Annual Conference of that denomination. He has served as part-time pastor to congregations in New England and Kentucky, and is a frequent speaker in conferences, camps and local churches. He is an associate evangelist with the Francis Asbury Society, located in Wilmore, Kentucky.