John H. Sailhamer is an evangelical Old Testament scholar/theologian who currently teaches at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California. Sailhamer completed a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA in 1981. He was the president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2000, and he has been in the classroom since 1975 (Biola College, Bethel College & Seminary, Trinity, SEBTS, and GGBTS).
His work is characterized by a consistent focus on the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible and the compositional strategies of the biblical authors. The lion's share of his writing has centered on reading the Bible, and the Pentateuch in particular, as a unified, coherent whole.
The following comprehensive bibliography lists books, essays/articles, and reviews that John Sailhamer has written. Under each heading the works are numbered and listed in chronological order. This sequence will allow a reader to follow Sailhamer's thinking over the course of his career. Any relevant links are provided after the bibliographic entry.
From the Abstract: "This dissertation is a study of the translation technique of the Greek Septuagint of the Book of Psalms. The determination of the text of the Hebrew original of the Septuagint is contingent on the nature of the translation. Was it a formal translation or a dynamic equivalency translation? Until this feature of the Septuagint is determined, the evidence from this version cannot be adequately controlled" (xv). Part of his conclusion is that "the tense chosen by the translator of the Septuagint was often motivated by a religious hope that saw the future as a time when the wicked would be punished and the righteous rewarded" (xvi).
From the Introduction: "This book is a study of the theology of the Pentateuch. It follows an approach that looks for the biblical author's "intention" in the "verbal meaning" of his book. It seeks the meaning of his words, phrases and sentences. How do the individual pieces fit together within the whole? Central to the aim of this book is the discovery of the compositional strategy of the biblical author of the Pentateuch" (11).