Mason D. Lancaster, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Lancaster gravitated to the Old Testament because he believes followers of Jesus are to be shaped by the whole counsel of God, and the Old Testament is usually the neglected of the two testaments. Yet an embrace of the Old Testament will help shape holistic individuals and communities in ways as diverse as leading healthy emotional lives and retrieving a proper place for social justice in the Christian life. Dr. Lancaster is therefore excited to teach Old Testament courses at PLNU that equip leaders to know and responsibly interpret these ancient texts as well as reflect on the Old Testament’s rich contemporary significance for their lives, faith communities, and wider societies.

Dr. Lancaster was born into an English and Armenian family and married into a South Indian family. With his wonderful wife, they have two young sons and enjoy living in San Diego again and exploring the outdoors, especially on a bike or at the beach!


Ph.D., Wheaton College

Th.M., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

B.S. (Cognitive Science), University of California, San Diego

Courses Taught

BIB 1001: Old Testament History & Religion

Experience in Field

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

Forthcoming: “Metaphors in Hosea,” The Oxford Handbook of the Book of Hosea, ed. Brad E. Kelle (Oxford University Press)

Forthcoming: Hosea, The Bible in God’s World, ed. Lissa Wray Beal and Daniel Carroll R., Cascade: Eugene, OR

2021 “Metaphor Research and the Hebrew Bible,” Currents of Biblical Research 19: 235-85. DOI: 10.1177/1476993X20987952

2021 “Wounds and Healing, Dew and Lions: Hosea’s Development of Divine Metaphors,” The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 83: 407-424. DOI: 10.1353/cbq.2021.0082

2020 “Lord of the Storm and Oracular Decisions: Competing Construals of Storm God Imagery in Hosea 6:1–6,” Vetus Testamentum 70: 634–44 (with Adam E. Miglio). DOI: 10.1163/15685330-12341417

2020 Dissertation Title: “Like a Lion and the Morning Dawn: Reconceiving Yahweh through the Metaphors of Hosea 4–14”