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Tony Tomasino

Tony Tomasino
  • Title Director of the Biblical Studies Program
    Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
  • Work Phone 574.257.3448
  • Office Administration Building, Room 312 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

Dr. Anthony Tomasino is a native Michigander, and stubbornly continues to reside in his home state (but just barely). He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he was a National Merit Scholar, a Regents-Alumni Scholar, and a member of the College Honors program. After two years as a physics major, he discovered his love for calculus had grown cold, so he changed his course of study to Communications. He completed his B.A. in 1983, and after a couple years in various jobs, he enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Asbury Theological Seminary.

After a year of ministerial studies, Tomasino concluded he was more inclined toward academic work than pastoral ministry, and chose to concentrate in the field of biblical studies. He completed his M.Div. in 1988, and went on to continue his graduate studies at the University of Chicago. There, he focused on Old Testament and the history and literature of Second Temple period Judaism (515 B.C.- A.D. 70). He completed the Ph.D. in 1995, writing his dissertation on early Jewish interpretations of the Book of Daniel. His dissertation work was awarded prizes by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship Foundation (generally regarded as one of the most prestigious honors awarded to graduate students in religion and philosophy).

He also worked with a team of scholars that produced the first “unauthorized” translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Tomasino is the author of four books, Written Upon the Heart: The Ten Commandments for Today’s Christian; Judaism before Jesus: The Events and Ideas that Shaped the New Testament World; Zondervan Bible Background Commentary: Esther, and The World of Jesus. He is currently completing a major exegetical commentary on Esther, to be published in 2013. He also has published numerous articles in theological dictionaries and academic journals. Before coming to Bethel College, Dr. Tomasino served eight years pastoring United Methodist churches in Chicago and Michigan, and was delighted to discover that he found pastoral ministry more rewarding than he had imagined. He continues to serve as the preaching pastor in a small Methodist church in Niles, MI. Tony is passionate about making academic work relevant to the modern parish.

Tony is a frequent speaker at retreats, special services, and training sessions. When he isn’t teaching, preaching, or writing, Tony often can be found with a piano, guitar, or trumpet. He enjoys singing bluegrass, folk and gospel music, and occasionally subjects audiences to some of his own compositions. His wife Cordelia holds a Ph.D. in biology, and between the two of them, they do a fair job fielding the unending questions of their favorite students—their three children, Vincent, Bethany and Teresa.