William L. Lyons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry
William L. Lyons joined the Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry Department at Regent University in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Religions of Western Antiquity at the Florida State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Regent, he taught at Florida A&M University, Florida State University, the Center for Biblical Studies (Tallahassee, FL), Oral Roberts University, and Christ for the Nations Institute for Biblical Studies (Stony Brook, NY). He is an ordained minister and served as a pastor at a large church in Florida; his family has been involved in church work in India for nearly 90 years. His most recent work includes his book, A History of Modern Scholarship on the Biblical Word Herem: The Contributions of Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Peter C. Craigie, and Tremper Longman, III, (Edwin Mellen, 2010). His article, "Rahab in Rehab: Christian Interpretation of the Madame from Jericho," also appeared in Women in the Biblical World: A Survey of Perspectives from the Old and New Testaments (University Press of America, 2010). Research interests include just war studies, ancient Near Eastern religions and thought; Old Testament ethics; biblical hermeneutics; women in the Bible; biblical Wisdom Literature, Hebrew Prophets and Psalms.
Dr. Lyons enjoys teaching at Regent because it offers students a unique opportunity to explore what it means to love the Lord with "all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind" (Luke 10:27, emphasis added).