portrait of Richard O. Rigsby

Richard O. Rigsby

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitics

Former Director, Talbot/Bible Lands Program

  • Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A., John B. Stetson University

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Dr. Rigsby, a noted Hebrew scholar, translated Ezra, Nehemiah, and Job for the New King James Bible. He has contributed many articles to Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, The Holman Bible Handbook, and The Anchor Bible Dictionary. He authored many of the notes and study materials regarding the Old Testament for the Open Bible and the Life Recovery Bible. Dr. Rigsby prepared and recorded lectures and accompanying written material on the Post-Exilic Prophets for The Institute of Theological Studies. He also serves as pastor of a local church and often speaks at seminars and church retreats. Along with Donna, his wife, he leads the Bible Lands Programs: Talbot Israel and Talbot Turkey-Greece.


  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • The Phi Society
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Alpha Phi
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • National Association of Professors of Hebrew
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Biblical Archaeology Society
  • Los Angeles Board for Jews for Jesus
  • Board Member of Resort Ministries Mission


Books and Articles

  • “The Chiastic Structure of Ruth 2.” Jointly written with Dr. Luter.
  • “The Anchor Bible Dictionary.” Article on "Firstfruits."
  • “The Life Recovery Bible.” Wrote the Introduction and Notes for Genesis, Deuteronomy, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, and Malachi. Wrote several of the "Character Studies" in the Old Testament. These amounted to about 273 pages in an Old Testament of 999 pages. Contributions amounted to over 25% of the LRB Old Testament.
  • “The Holman Bible Handbook.” Contributed several articles.
  • “Dictionary of the Old Testament-Pentateuch.” Contributed several articles.
  • “The Open Bible” (NASB) [Not the Expanded Edition]. Chronological chart, Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the Pentateuch, 39 Introductions to the Old Testament Books
  • “The New King James Version of the Bible.” Translated the Book of Job, formatted it to reflect the Hebrew parallelism. Translated the entire books of Ezra and Nehemiah, as well as portions of other books. Contribution amounted to over 10% of the translation of the Old Testament.
  • “Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary.” Contributed five articles.
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