Signed in as:

Stephen L. Cook, ph.d.

Brief Biography

  • Stephen L. Cook, Ph.D. is the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary, the largest seminary in the worldwide Anglican Communion ( He joined the VTS faculty in 1996. His areas of expertise include Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology, Hebrew Exegesis, Ezekiel's Prophecies, The Book of Deuteronomy, Prophetic and Apocalyptic Scripture, the Social Settings of Scripture, and educational technology. 
  • Prior to joining the VTS faculty, Stephen served on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University in New York City for four years. He did his doctoral training in Old Testament at Yale University after completing an M.Div. degree at Yale’s Divinity School, where he also served as an instructor and fellow. His undergraduate work was at Trinity College, Connecticut, where he graduated with honors as a religion major in 1984.
  • Stephen is the author of several books, including an Anchor Yale Bible Commentary on Ezekiel's Apocalypse and Utopian Vision of a New Temple and Land. Other books include The Apocalyptic Literature (Abingdon, 2003); The Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism (Society of Biblical Literature, 2004); and Prophecy and Apocalypticism (Fortress, 1995). He has also written Reading Deuteronomy (Smith & Helwys, 2015), Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah (Morehouse, 2008), and “The Season of Epiphany” in New Proclamation Year B, 2008–2009, Advent through Holy Week (Fortress, 2008). His other publications include journal articles, introductions and annotations to biblical books for the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the CEB Study Bible, and the Harper Collins Study Bible, as well as entries for The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Oxford Biblical Studies Online, the Society of Biblical Literature's Bible Odyssey, and the New Interpreter's One Volume Bible Commentary. He maintains a fascinating FaceBook Page and a Bible Blog on the web.
  • Stephen has served in several capacities as an officer of the Society of Biblical Literature, including as a Regional Coordinator for the guild and as the Program Unit Chair of SBL sections. He presents papers each year at the SBL annual meetings (click here). He is also the Corporation Representative for Virginia Seminary to the American Schools of Oriental Research and a member of such other professional societies as the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars and the Catholic Biblical Association. He is in high demand around the country as a lecturer, seminar speaker, and workshop leader.
  • He and his wife Catherine, a psychotherapist, live amid the seminary community on its campus in Alexandria, Virginia with their teenage daughter from China, Rebecca. 


CV Download (PDF)

cv-cook.pdf (pdf)


A New VTS "Hyper-Office"

Introducing Old Testament Interpretation

A video clip introducing new seminarians to Prof. Cook's Old Testament Interpretation sequence. 


A Sample Homily by Dr. Cook, the VTS Chapel

VTS Holy Eucharist Homily, Wednesday, October 17, 2018