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Dean, College of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences; Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology
  • Ph.D., Drew University (Old Testament)
  • M.A., Drew University (Syro-Palestinian Archaeology)
  • M.Phil., Drew University (Old Testament)
  • M.Ed., Georgia State University (Educational Administration)
  • M.A., Alabama Christian School of Religion (Biblical Studies)
  • B.A., Lipscomb University (History)
Department: Bible
Phone #: 806.720.7657 Cell Phone #: 806.438.2397 Fax #: 806.720.7661 Jesse.Long@LCU.EDU

Personal Info

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Jesse went to high school at Greater Atlanta Christian Schools, where his father was president. After high school, he enrolled at David Lipscomb in Nashville and met JoAnn Denny. They were married after his graduation and moved to Peachtree City, Georgia, where Jesse preached for a congregation of the Churches of Christ. While there, he began studies at Alabama Christian School of Religion and Georgia State University. During this time, JoAnn completed a B.S.N. degree in nursing at Georgia State. In 1981, they moved to Madison, New Jersey, where Jesse continued graduate work at Drew University. Their two children, Laurel and Leah, were born while they were there. JoAnn ran the infirmary on campus. Jesse worked as the pulpit minister for the Bridgewater Church of Christ during part of their time in New Jersey. Jesse's introduction to archaeology began in his graduate studies in Old Testament at Drew. JoAnn and Jesse moved to Montgomery, Alabama in 1987. Jesse taught graduate classes at what is now Ambridge University. He finished his Ph.D. in Old Testament in 1988 and took a position as Associate Minister for the Prattville Church of Christ. JoAnn worked as Director of Education at a local hospital and completed the M.S.N. degree in nursing from Troy State University.
The Longs moved to Lubbock to begin work at LCU in 1993. In 2000, JoAnn completed the Ph.D. degree in nursing from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She chairs the Department of Nursing. Jesse chaired the Department of Biblical Studies from 2003-2007. Since that time, he has served as Dean of the College of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences.
Jesse specializes in the literary analysis of Hebrew narrative and in biblical archaeology. He authored the College Press NIV Commentary on 1 & 2 Kings (Joplin, MO: College Press, 2002) and serves as Co-director of the Archaeological Expedition to Khirbet Iskander, Jordan (see below).

Latest News


  • "The Publication of the Area C Gateway and Cemeteries at Khirbet Iskander, Jordan." Paper delivered at the regional meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Dallas, TX, March 2009.
  • "The Amalekite's Truthful Tale? A Literary Reading of the Death-of-Saul Narrative." Paper delivered at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 2009.
  • With Michael Martin and Wes Crawford. "Narrative Criticism and Narrative Preaching in Conversation: Moving from Text Story to Sermon Story with Sample Sermons, Introduction to the Conversation." Paper presented at the Christian Scholars' Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2009.
  • "Reading and Preaching the story of Naaman (2 Kings 5)." Paper presented at the Christian Scholars' Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2009.


  • "The Archaeology of Israel." In The Transforming Word: One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Ed. by Mark Hamilton. Pp. 55-64. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2009.
  • With Suzanne Richard. "Khirbet Iskander, Jordan and Early Bronze IV Studies: A View from the Tell." In The Levant in Transition: Proceedings of a Conference held at the British Museum on 20-21 April 2004. Ed. by Peter J. Parr. The Palestine Exploration Fund Annual IX. Jonathan N. Tubb, series ed. United Kingdom: Maney, 2009.
  • Review of Michael P. Knowles, ed. The Folly of Preaching: Methods and Models. Restoration Quarterly 51:2 (2009): 120-21.
  • Review of Peter Leithart. 1 & 2 Kings. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Stone-Campbell Journal 12:1 (Spring 2009): 124-25.

Since 1994, LCU has sponsored excavations at the site of Khirbet Iskander, Jordan. The site is one of the best examples of a multiphase, permanently established Early Bronze IV (2300-2000 B.C.E.) settlement, where a prosperous community of people appears to be continuing "town-life" at the previous EB II-III (3100-2300 B.C.E.) fortified settlement. Khirbet Iskander is strategically located at a major crossing point of the Wadi al-Wala, along the main north-south trade route, the ancient "Kings Highway." Presumably, the site's accessibility to trade and tribute, as well as the continued dominance of agriculture and horticulture (primarily olive) were major factors in its continuous occupation throughout most, if not all of the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3600-2000 B.C.E.). Students and faculty from LCU and elsewhere have the opportunity to participate in the 2010 field season, tentatively set to extend from May 17 to June 30. For information, contact Jesse Long (Co-director of Excavations) at Jesse.Long@lcu.edu. Photo: Dr. Long at Iskander, Doing the Tomahawk Chop with an EB II/III Mace (2004 Season)

Last Updated: May 08, 2013