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BA, University of Tennessee, 1975
DMin, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1979
PhD, Emory University, 1993, Old Testament; Dissertation: "The Kingdom of Hezekiah: Judah in the Geopolitical Context of the Late Eighth Century BCE"
Paul Hooker is Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies. He joined the administration of Austin Seminary in August 2012 and directs the Doctor of Ministry and Supervised Practice of Ministry programs. He also administers the Certificate in Ministry program.
Dr. Hooker is the author of 1 and 2 Chronicles, a commentary in the Westminster Bible Companion Series from Westminster John Knox Press. He is co-author with John Hayes of A New Chronology of the Kings of Israel and Judah and Its Implications for Biblical History and Literature (Wipf and Stock, 2007). He has also written several reviews and articles for journals and other publications in the field of biblical studies.
Dr. Hooker is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to coming to Austin Seminary, Dr. Hooker was executive presbyter and stated clerk in the Presbytery of St. Augustine (Jacksonville, Florida) for thirteen years. He served as a pastor in three congregations in Tennessee and Georgia before going to the presbytery.
Dr. Hooker has extensive experience in writing and interpreting the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), having served as a member and moderator of the Advisory Committee on the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was a member of the Form of Government Task Force appointed by the General Assembly to create the church’s current Foundations for Presbyterian Polity and Form of Government. He has made numerous presentations around the church on the nature and structure of the church’s Book of Order.