Robert D. Holmstedt

Professor, Hebrew Bible and West Semitic Languages
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 412, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Biblical Hebrew Syntax
  • Generative Linguistics
  • Ugaritic and Phoenician Linguistics
  • Early Ethiopic grammar and texts
  • Myth, Wisdom, and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible


Robert Holmstedt completed a major in biblical studies and a minor in biblical Hebrew at Wheaton College, after which he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for MA and PhD degrees in Hebrew and Semitic Studies (with a PhD minor in generative linguistics).

He taught Hebrew and general linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for three years before taking a professorial post in NMC at U of T in the areas of Hebrew Bible, ancient Hebrew, and other ancient West Semitic languages. Holmstedt is particularly committed to increasing theoretical and methodological awareness in the linguistic study of ancient Semitic languages. 

Apart from academics, he loves being a father to his nine children and dabbles at making furniture in his wood shop.


PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison