Michael Grisanti

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Professor of Old Testament, Chair of the Old Testament Department, Director of TMS Israel Study Trip, and Distinguished Research Professor of Old Testament

B.A., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Grisanti grew up in a small village in western New York. His parents were believers, and he embraced salvation when he was about five years old. He attended a Bible college in Canada for two years and then a Bible college in Minnesota. During that time, Dr. Grisanti met Martha Ann from northwest Montana. They married the summer after she graduated and a month later they moved to Minnesota to attend seminary at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN.

After Dr. Grisanti’s second year of seminary (M.Div.), he joined the pastoral staff of the church that housed the seminary. About five years later, after finishing his Th.M., he joined the seminary faculty. A few years later he went to Dallas Theological Seminary for his doctoral work, returned to Minneapolis, and then six years later was hired by The Master’s Seminary in 1997.

Dr. Grisanti and his wife and enjoy their eight children—six boys and two girls between the ages of 18 and 35. They attend and serve at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, CA, and Dr. Grisanti co-teaches an adult Bible fellowship and teaches in their Bible institute, GraceU.

Dr. Grisanti has been here at The Master's Seminary now for 21 years and serves as Professor of Old Testament, Chair of the Old Testament Department, Director of TMS Israel Study Trip, and Distinguished Research Professor of Old Testament.


Contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis
Contributed to The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook
Contributed to Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Contributed to Bible Knowledge Key Word Study
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Deuteronomy
Teach the Text, Deuteronomy
Co-authored The World and the Word: An Introduction to the OT
Editor or co-editor of The Bible Version Debate: The Perspectives of Central Baptist Theological Seminary and Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts

More about Dr. Grisanti

Where is your favorite place to eat, Why?

Home with my family. They are my favorite people. Otherwise, Panda Express.

Which book of the Bible or particular passage is your favorite, and why?

My life verse is Phil 2:4—I need the exhortation to be a servant and focus on others.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

I am an Eagle Scout.

What music is on your iPhone/Android phone?

What? I can put music on my Samsung phone???

Posts by Michael Grisanti

Presenting God as He Defines Himself in His Word image

Presenting God as He Defines Himself in His Word

Michael Grisanti | March 5, 2019

One of the common features of a postmodern world is the rejection of any exclusive truth claims. Postmodernism views all truth as relative and any exclusive truth claims as arrogant, offensive, and impossible. As we live and minister in that kind of a world, how should we preach and teach God’s Word and present God’s character to those to whom we minister?

Personhood and the Abortion Dilemma image

Personhood and the Abortion Dilemma

Michael Grisanti | October 6, 2015

From a biblical standpoint, when should an unborn baby be considered a ‘person’? Though pro-abortion advocates argue that personhood does not begin until birth, the Bible recognizes no essential difference between the personhood of a child in the womb and that same child after he or she is born. In other words, Scripture regards the individual as a […]

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