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Dr. Michael VanZant

Professor of Biblical Literature

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School of Christian Ministry
740-392-6868 Ext. 3616Email Dr. VanZant

In The News

  • MVNU students to open excavations of the city of Hazor

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (February 14, 2023) — Ministry and History students at Mount Vernon Nazarene University have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be among the first to dig at a lower Late Bronze Age Canaanite city this summer.

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Professional Experience:
  • Africa Nazarene University: Professor of Biblical Literature and University Chaplain
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Assistant, Associate, Professor of Biblical Literature; Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs; Coordinator of MMIN program
  • Pastoral Ministry in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, and West Virginia
Professional Organizations:
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Wesleyan Theological Society
Awards and Recognitions:
  • Ordination in the Church of the Nazarene
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, MVNU
  • Biblical Archaeological Society Outstanding Paper in the area of Bible and Archaeology
Published Works & Presentations:
  • Presented the paper, “An Analysis of Fortification Typology of Iron Age IIB: Identifying Context for Khirbat al-Mudaybiˤ” at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 14-17, 2018. The paper added data to the corpus of information regarding fortifications during the 8th-6th Centuries BC in the biblical geographic context.
  • The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 1-5, 100 Articles “Identity and Relationships: Amos 3:1-8” in South African Theological Journal Multiple Adult Lessons and Articles in Nazarene Publishing House WordAction Series
  • Ph.D. in Old Testament Literature and Archaeology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
  • M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry and Education, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
  • B.A. in Religion, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas


"(MVNU professors) feel a great weight of responsibility to get it right for the students who enter our community each year."

John Ballenger - Director of the Writing Lab, Assistant Professor of English