James Bruckner

Jim Bruckner

Professor of Old Testament

Classes taughtOld Testament I and II; Book of Isaiah; Ten Commandments; Biblical Perspectives on Health and Healing; Hebrew I and II; Wilderness and Faith

At North Park since: 1995 

Having been raised in Eskimo villages on the northwest coast of Alaska, intercultural learning is in Dr. James Bruckner’s blood. Today, it affects every course he teaches. “Intercultural learning happens by entering the seminary,” he says. “The interpretation of Scripture begins with the study of the wide variety of cultural and ethnic settings of the biblical text. It continues with Field Education throughout the city, intercultural settings, and worldwide Christian studies.” 

Dr. Bruckner’s classes are diverse in methodology, focus, and intent. “This is by design, since we seek to form whole people for healthy ministries in the Christian church,” he says. At North Park, Dr. Bruckner finds that community life is placed at a high value. “In the midst of academic rigor, our focus is still on preparing students for actual ministries of the church.” 

An essential part of Dr. Bruckner’s identity as a faculty member is to form students who will become his peers in ministry. “From the beginning of the seminary experience to beyond graduation, we continuously interact with students,” he says. “Training pastors in the value of reading the Bible as God’s word is the most challenging and rewarding work that I know.” 

An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Bruckner has served congregations in Washington and Minnesota, and as a lay missionary in Alaska. 


  • PhD, Scripture, Luther Seminary 
  • MDiv, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary 
  • MATS, North Park Theological Seminary 
  • BA, History, North Park College 

Recent Publications

  • James Bruckner. Healthy Human Life: A Biblical Witness. Cascade Books. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012. 
  • James Bruckner. Exodus. 2nd edition. Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 2012. 
  • James Bruckner. “Habakkuk, Book of” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets, 294–301. Edited by Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012.

“In the midst of academic rigor, our focus is still on preparing students for actual ministries of the church.”