Roy Gane

Director, Ph.D./Th.D. and M.Th. Programs
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Andrews University
Berrien Springs MI 49104-1500
phone (269) 471-6576
FAX (269) 471-6202


Biographical Sketch

Roy Gane is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Languages in the Old Testament Department and Director of the Ph.D./Th.D. and M.Th. Programs at the Theological Seminary of Andrews University. He was born in Sydney, Australia, grew up mainly in Lincoln, Nebraska, and later moved to Angwin, California, where he graduated from Pacific Union College in 1977 with a B.A. in Theology and a B.Mus. in Piano Performance.

Beginning in 1979, Gane studied Biblical Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, completing his M.A. in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1992. His graduate school experience included two years of study (1986 to 1988) as a visiting student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and participation in the 1989 University of California Archaeological Expedition to Nineveh (Iraq). His Ph.D. dissertation, titled "Ritual Dynamic Structure...," analyzed rituals of the Israelite Day of Atonement and compared them with Babylonian and Hittite purification rituals.

Gane taught in the Religion Department of Pacific Union College from 1992 until he joined Andrews University in 1994. He has authored a number of books (God's Faulty Heroes; Altar Call; Leviticus, Numbers [NIV Application Commentary] ; Ritual Dynamic Structure; Cult and Character: Purification Offerings, Day of Atonement, and Theodicy; Who's Afraid of the Judgment?) and articles for scholarly and lay readers (see Publications).

Roy is married to Connie Clark Gane (since 1980), who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mesopotamian Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching in the Old Testament Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, and serving as Curator of the Horn Archaeological Museum. In addition to the 1989 dig at Nineveh, Roy has excavated with Connie at Tall Jalul, Jordan in 1999 and 2005. The Ganes have a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, born in 1991.