James O. Edlin

Dr. James (Jim) O. Edlin, MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dr. James (Jim) O. Edlin is the Professor of Biblical Literature and Languages, MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Ordained Elder, Church of the Nazarene.


  • PhD, Old Testament Studies, 1985, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • ThM, Old Testament Studies, 1976, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Biblical Literature, 1975, Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • BA, Religion,1972, MidAmerica Nazarene University

"I have found Proverbs 3:5-6 to be true in my life. Though I frequently do not know the best paths to take in life, God has led me in directions I never dreamed possible. As I have trusted Him, He has guided me."

Awards and Honors:

  • Inductee, MidAmerica Nazarene University Athletics Hall of Fame, 2012.
  • Alpha Chi Donald Metz Award, Faculty Member of the Year for Distinctive Academic Contributions, 1995.
  • Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges, 1972.


Works by this author

Language: English

Daniel's Response to World Religions

James O. Edlin

In this paper, I will explore some of the theological responses of the Jewish community to competing religions in the years following exile. In particular I propose to focus upon those ideas found in the book of Daniel that respond to other religions. Following two preliminary comments, the first part of the paper will survey the religious environment of the ancient Middle East during and following the Israelite exile to Babylon.

Unpublished article

Discovering the Old Testament

Alex Varughese
James O. Edlin
Robert Branson
Timothy M. Green

Every professor has to wonder, with skepticism, how much of the assigned material the students will actually read. (That is, if they have even purchased the textbook in the first place!) Whether they skim or read all of it, your students will recall the key points of the lesson if you use Discovering the Old Testament.

Discovering the Old Testament defines key terms in sidebars and highlights them within the text. Each chapter includes summary statements and review questions to help students focus on what they've learned.


Writing Adult Sunday School Materials

Poster, presented at Week of Scholarship, 2015, MidAmerica Nazarene University.