Author, ‘The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible’; The Bible Unfiltered: Approaching Scripture on Its Own Terms
Scholar-in-Residence, Faithworks (Logos Bible Software)
- Scholar-in-Residence for Logos Bible Software (the world’s leading creator of software for research in the original languages of the Bible)
- PhD in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from University of Wisconsin; Masters degrees from University of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania University
- Teaching experience at major U.S. seminaries and universities
- Author of dozens of peer-reviewed papers for journals around the world
- Sought-after speaker
- Host of the long-running, widely-renowned and popular ‘Naked Bible’ podcast
Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before going to the UW-Madison, he earned an M.A. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania (major fields were Ancient Israel and Egyptology), and another M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Hebrew Studies). His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University. He also attended Dallas Theological Seminary. Because of his course work, he is able to perform translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, among them Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs and Ugaritic cuneiform. He has also studied Akkadian and Sumerian independently.
Dr. Heiser’s main research interests are Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology and Second Temple period Jewish literature.
As a Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife, he is responsible for targeting and evaluating potential data projects for scholarly products, overseeing existing academic projects and the creation of written content. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community.
Before joining Logos, Heiser taught on the undergraduate level for twelve years, six of which were in Christian colleges and has taught over twenty different courses, overall, covering both testaments, systematic theology, ethics and biblical languages. He teaches ancient languages online at MEMRA.
Heiser maintains an active ministry to people whose worldview is molded by occult, paranormal, and esoteric beliefs. He observed that many who have adopted “alternative” worldviews were formerly traditional theists and Christians who left the faith when their questions on difficult passages and topics went unanswered, or when spiritual leaders failed to address experiences they’d had.
- Christian theology, scriptures
- Christian history
- Hebrew and Semitic Studies
- Ancient Israel, Israeli history
- Ministering to those whose worldview is influenced by occult, paranormal, esoteric beliefs, ‘alternative’ worldviews
- Israelite religion
- contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion
- Jewish binitarianism
- biblical languages
- ancient Semitic languages
- textual criticism
- comparative philology
- Second Temple period Jewish literature
The Naked Bible podcast: http://www.nakedbiblepodcast.com/
The Naked Bible blog: http://drmsh.com/category/nakedbible/
Book site: http://theunseenrealm.com
“There is a world referred to in Scripture that is quite unseen . . . Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm seeks to unmask this world. . . . This book is clear, well done and treats many ideas and themes that often go unseen themselves.”
“A spiritual game changer. Like Elisha’s servant, your eyes will be opened to surprising truths in the Bible. Dr. Heiser illumines the meanings of strange things in the Scriptures that Christians shy away from: the divine council, the sons of God, Watchers, Nephilim, and giants. He shows how these oddities are actually crucial to understanding the storyline of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. This book changed my understanding of God, the Bible, and my spiritual life.”
“This is a ‘big’ book in the best sense of the term. It is big in its scope and in its depth of analysis. Michael Heiser is a scholar who knows Scripture intimately in its ancient cultural context. All—scholars, clergy, and laypeople—who read this profound and accessible book will grow in their understanding of both the Old and New Testaments, particularly as their eyes are opened to the Bible’s ‘unseen world.”
“How was it possible that I had never seen that before? Dr. Heiser’s survey of the complex reality of the supernatural world as the Scriptures portray it covers a subject that is strangely sidestepped. No one is going to agree with everything in his book, but the subject deserves careful study, and so does this book.”
“Michael Heiser has written an incredibly accessible and well-researched work on some notoriously thorny biblical passages. Heiser’s work on the divine council has earned him respect in the scholarly community for years, and he has now made this available to all. Without a doubt, The Unseen Realm will encourage, correct, and challenge many of our views on the spiritual realms revealed in the Bible—showing us the reality of things unseen!”
The Unseen Realm
A wildly-popular book among those in the know, ‘The Unseen Realm’ is an unfiltered look at what the Bible really says about the unseen world. The book seeks to help readers view the biblical text, unfiltered by common assumptions that leave no room for the strange and wonderful view of the world that the Bible offers. “People shouldn’t be protected from the Bible,” Heiser says. But, modern theological systems often do just that, by explaining away difficult or troublesome passages. Heiser confronts them with decades of research.
Other published works by Dr. Michael S. Heiser
- The Bible Unfiltered: Approaching Scripture on Its Own Terms (Lexham Press, 2017)
- Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World and Why it Matters (Lexham Press, 2015)
- I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible (Lexham Press, 2014)
- Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ (Defender Publishing, 2017)
- NIV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible contributing editor (Zondervan, 2017)
- The 60 Second Scholar: Book 1: 100 Maxims for Mastering Bible Study (CAM Publishing, 2016)
- The 60 Second Scholar: Book 2: 100 Insights that Illumine the Bible (CAM Publishing, 2016)
- The 60 Second Scholar: Book 3: 100 Observations on Bible Doctrine (CAM Publishing, 2016) 2015
- The Façade (fiction, Kirkdale Press, 2012)
- The Portent (fiction, Kirkdale Press, 2014)