Dr. Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He earned a B.A. in Religion at Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern studies from Yale University. Tremper has authored or co-authored twenty books and written numerous articles. A number of these works are interdisciplinary. Some of his works include Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation (Zondervan, 1987); Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (contributor and co-editor along with Leland Ryken; Zondervan, 1993). He also co-authors books with the psychologist Dan Allender, which include Bold Love (NavPress, 1991); Cry of the Soul (NavPress, 1994), Intimate Allies (Tyndale House Publishers, 1995), and most recently Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life (IVP, 2007).
His interest in history and historiography is expressed in A Biblical History of Israel (co-authored with Iain Provan and Phil Long; Westminster John Knox, 2003). He has also written commentaries on Song of Songs (Eerdmans), Ecclesiastes (Eerdmans), Daniel (Zondervan), and Nahum (Baker). For InterVarsity Press, he has produced three books: How to Read Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, and How to Read Genesis. In addition, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation and has served as a consultant on other popular translations of the Bible including the Message, the New Century Version, and the Holman Standard Bible. Tremper and his wife, Alice, have three sons.