“I love sharing the riches of the Old Testament with people through preaching and teaching.”
Barry began teaching at Moore in 1978. He has always been grateful to God for the privilege of teaching and writing, mainly in the area of the Old Testament. He retired from the full-time faculty in 2011, and is now an Emeritus Senior Research Fellow in Old Testament. He continues to teach part-time, while devoting more time to writing, an aspect of his ministry that has expanded in recent years. He is currently working on two books, including a commentary on the book of Job.
Barry and Alison attend Bundeena House Community Church, where they contribute mainly by preaching, leading Bible studies, and doing personal evangelism. They have been involved in gospel ministry to mainland Chinese people for many years.
Articles in PDF
The Book of Judges. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012).
The Book of the Judges: An Integrated Reading. JSOT Supplement Series, 46. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1987.
The Message of Isaiah: On Eagles’ Wings. The Bible Speaks Today; Leicester: IVP, 1996.
Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther. New Studies in Biblical Theology, 10. Leicester: IVP, 2000.
The Message of Zechariah: Your Kingdom Come. The Bible Speaks Today; Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2003
The Book of the Judges: An Integrated Reading (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2008).
‘Homosexuality in Scripture’. In Explorations 8: Theological and Pastoral Responses to Homosexuality. Edited by B. G. Webb. Adelaide: Openbook, 1994.
‘Judges’. In The New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition. Edited by G. J. Wenham and others. Leicester: IVP, 1994.
‘Reading Esther as Holy Scripture’. Reformed Theological Review 52 (1993): 23–35.
‘The Theme of the Jephthah Story’. Reformed Theological Review 45 (1986): 34–43.
‘The Song of Songs: Introductory Notes’. In The Geneva Study Bible (KJV). Edited by R. C. Sproule and others. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1995; Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible (NIV). Edited by R. C. Sproule and others. Grand Rapids; Zondervan, 2003; and The Reformation Study Bible (ESV). ). Edited by R. C. Sproule and others. Orlando Florida: Ligonier Ministries, 2005.
‘The Relevance of the Old Testament for Christian Social Ethics’. Pages 113-30 in Explorations 3: Christians in Society. Edited by B. G. Webb. Homebush West, NSW: Lancer, 1988.
‘Zion in Transformation: A literary Approach to Isaiah’. Pages 65–84 in The Bible in Three Dimensions. Edited by D. J. A. Clines and others. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1990.
‘The Song of Songs as a Love Poem and as Holy Scripture’. Reformed Theological Review 49 (1990): 91–99.
‘A Serious Reading of the Samson Story’. Reformed Theological Review 54 (1995): 110–20.
‘Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation’. Pages 47–74 in Explorations 11: Interpreting God’s Plan: Biblical Theology and the Pastor. Edited by R. J. Gibson. Carlisle/Adelaide: IVP/Openbook, 1998.
“The Wars of the Judges as Christian Scripture”, The Reformed Theological Review Vol. 67, No. 1 (2008): 18-28
‘Esther’, Pages 849-63 in ESV Study Bible. ed. ESV Study Bible. Wheaton: Crossway Bibles, 2008.
‘Heaven on earth: the tabernacle in its literary and theological context’, Pages 154-76 in Exploring Exodus: literary, theological and contemporary approaches. Edited by Brian S. Rosner and Paul R. Williamson. Nottingham: Apollos, 2008.
‘Theme in the Book of Judges: A Literary Study of the Book in its Finished Form’. Ph.D. thesis, the University of Sheffield, 1985.
An article on Various Biblical genres and the Authority of Scripture for a volume to be published by Eerdmans (under contract).
A volume on Judges and Ruth in the Preach the Word series, to be published by Crossways (under contract).
A volume on the book of Job for a commentary series focusing on biblical theology to be published by B&H Publishers (under contract).
1966 Bachelor of Arts (Queensland University)
1967 Dip. Ed. (Queensland)
1973 L.Th (Melbourne)
1976 Th.L (Honours 1) (ACT)
1977 Bachelor Divinity (Honours) (London)
1978 Dip.A.Theol. (Honours) (MTC)
1985 PhD (Sheffield University)
1968-74 High School teacher, Queensland
1975-77 Student, Moore College
1978-81 Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Moore College
1985-90 Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Moore College
1991-05 Head of Old Testament Studies, Moore College
1975-81 Preaching, pastoring and evangelism as elder at Burwood Brethren Assembly
1985-12 Preaching, pastoring and evangelism as Member at Newtown Mission Uniting church
2004-05 Elder and chairman of Church Council, Newtown Mission Uniting Church
In addition, a visiting scholar and lecturer for terms or semesters at Trinity College Bristol, Regent College Vancouver and Nanjing Union Theological College.