Josef Sykora, Ph.D.

Director, Doctor of Ministry Program; Assistant Professor of Biblical Interpretation



  • Ph.D. Old Testament | Durham University (Durham, UK)
  • M.A., Biblical Studies | Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Theological Studies | Asbury Theological Seminary
  • MGR, Law | Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic)


Dr. Josef Sykora has served in senior and assistant pastoral roles, in leading spiritual retreats, and as an educator for missionaries. He serves as the director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Northeastern Seminary. On the master’s level he also teaches the core classes (Protestant Era) and a number of classes in the biblical studies area. Dr. Sykora's research interests include violence in the Scripture, theological interpretation, election in the Old Testament, and the books of Genesis and Samuel. 

Speaking Topics

  • Books of the Bible (Genesis, Deuteronomy, Samuel)
  • Violence in Scripture
  • Contemplative Prayer, Silence, and Solitude



The Unfavored: Judah and Saul in the Narratives of Genesis and 1 Samuel. Siphrut 25 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming).


“Mission that Transforms: Joseph’s Development in Genesis 37-50” Canadian Theological Review, 4.2 (2015): 11-18.

Selected Presentations

“Only Be Like the Philistine Priests!” (Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, Akron, OH, March 16, 2018)

“Like King, Like Priest: Eli’s and Saul’s Rejection in 1 Samuel,” (Old Testament Seminar, Durham University, Durham, UK, 2015).

“Kingdom of Israel in the Old Testament,” (Evangelical Forum on State and Church, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014).