Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Ph.D. (Near East Studies): Johns Hopkins University
M.A. (Near East Studies): University of Pennsylvania
B.D. (Theology): Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A. (Sociology): University of Richmond
Prior to coming to Palmer Seminary in 1969, Dr. McDaniel was for eight years an American Baptist educational missionary in Japan, teaching at Kanto Gakuin University (Yokohama) and Union Theological Seminary (Tokyo). Prior to that he was the pastor or interim pastor of churches in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania while pursuing his undergraduate
and graduate studies.
In addition to teaching thirty-two years at Palmer Seminary, Tom has also been an adjunct professor at Eastern University and Saint Joseph's University, as well as an affiliate professor in the Department of Religion of Temple University. Now as an Emeritus Professor he is available for independent studies in Biblical Hebrew and assists as a guest lecturer when there is a schedule conflict.
Dr. McDaniel has been a member of the Society for Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He has published book reviews and articles in Biblica, Vetus Testamentum, and other professional and denominational journals. His major monograph, Deborah Never Sang: A Philological Study of the Song of Deborah (Judges 5), was published by Makor in Jerusalem in 1983. It has been revised and is now available online at http://tmcdaniel.palmerseminary.edu/. As a computer buff he has published all of his writings for free on his web page and has also made available there a number of major reference works for Biblical Studies, including over five-hundred links which are of special interest to clergy and seminarians.
Tom's passion in teaching has been to share his faith that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God about (1) the way and will of God, and (2) the inspired and authoritative word about our human condition. Thus, he presents his hermeneutical key that "whatever blossoms in the light of the Cross is the word of God about the therapeutic way and will of God, but whatever withers in the light of the Cross is the word of God about our human pathology, which is to say that the Incarnate Word, who loved enough to die, teaches us to recognize the pathology in the written word of those who loved enough to kill."