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Encyclopedia > Thomas L. Thompson

Thomas L. Thompson is a Bahá'í[1] American biblical theologian, born Jan 7, 1939 in Detroit Michigan. Known in India as the Lotus Temple, the Baháí House of Worship attracts an average of four million visitors a year (around 13,000 each day). ... January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full year calendar). ... This article is actively undergoing a major edit. ...

Attended Vanderbilt University - the same year as fellow alumni William S. Hatcher. He went on to obtain a B.A. from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962, and did graduate work a few universities before finishing his PhD at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1976. He went on to produce a widely cited liberal review of history and the Bible called The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past published in 1999[2] but has published over a dozen articles and six books on the history of ancient Palestine and Israelies. He has held professorship positions at École Biblique, Lawrence University, Marquette University and is presently at the University of Copenhagen since 1993. He was named a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in 1988. Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, Steel Town, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Temple University is a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ... Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a private undergraduate college founded in 1847. ... Marquette University is a, private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. ... The University of Copenhagen (Danish: Københavns Universitet) is the oldest and largest university and research institution in Copenhagen, Denmark. ... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency of the United States established by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (Pub. ...


  • The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives, (Berlin, 1974) (reprinted 2002)
  • The Bronze Age Settlement of the Sinai and the Negev, (Wiesbaden, 1975).
  • The Bronze Age Settlement in Palestine, (Wiesbaden, 1979).
  • The Origin Tradition of Ancient Israel, (Sheffield, 1987).
  • The Early History of the Israelite People, (Leiden, 1992, translated into Arabic in 1995, 2nd revised ed. forthcoming in Arabic, 1999).
  • The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past, (London, 1999)
  • The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David, (Jonathan Cape, Publisher, 2006)


  1. ^ reprint of open letter to fellow students on conversion in 1957 Pamphlet copyright 1965, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States of America, Baha'i Publishing Trust, Wilmette, Illinois
  2. ^ A book review by Danny Yee

External Links

  • Online Curriculum Vitae Thomas L. Thompson, professor. IBE, University of Copenhagen
  • Creating Biblical Figures By Thomas L. Thompson, Professor of Old Testament, University of Copenhagen, May 2005
  • The Divine Plan of Creation: 1 Cor 11:7 and Gen 2:18-24 by Thomas L. Thompson



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