Dr. Kevin O'Brien, PhD

Professor of Judaic Studies 
Hebrew Bible Specialist
International Experience: Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Spain, USA



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Hebrew Bible, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Master of Philosophy, Biblical Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Doctor of Philosophy (ABD), Comparative Religion, University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO
  • Master of Divinity, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID

Doctoral Dissertation

  • To Seek the Counsel of the Lord: Dream-Divination in the Hebrew Bible Deuteronomistic History

Academic Experiences

  • Adjunct Professor, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
  • Online Graduate Course Developer, Ohio Christian University, Circleville, OH
  • Adjunct Professor, University of New England, Biddeford, ME
  • Adjunct Professor, Husson University, Bangor, ME
  • Adjunct Professor, Robert Welch University, Appleton, WI
  • Professor of Philosophy, Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS

Teaching Specializations

  • Judaism
  • Comparative Religions
  • Hebrew Bible

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Spiritual Care Coordinator/Healthcare Chaplain, Crossroads Hospice, Lenexa, KS
  • Children's Pastor, Christ Community Church, Olathe, KS
  • Pastor, Whitefish Church of the Nazarene, Whitefish, MT
  • Pastor, Augusta Church of the Nazarene, Augusta, ME
  • Chaplain & Bereavement Coordinator, NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care, Kansas City, MO
  • Pastor, Jacoby Chapel Presbyterian Church, Warrensburg, MO
  • Youth Pastor, Southwide United Methodist Church, Nampa, ID
  • U.S. Navy veteran


  • “Weeping for Tammuz, Weeping for Hussein… (A Critique of Thorkild Jacobsen’s Comparative Ideology),” International Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Cambridge, England, UK, 2003.


  • O'Brien, Kevin.  The Kingdom of God in the Teachings of Jesus.  Thomas Nelson/Zondervan, forthcoming.

Membership in Academic Organizations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • National Association of Professors of Hebrew


  • English, Native Fluency
  • Hebrew, French, German (Academic)