Dr. Lawrence Mykytiuk has, since 1993, focused his research chiefly on the historicity of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He has concentrated on the methodology and practice of identifying biblical individuals mentioned in extrabiblical inscriptions of their times. His published dissertation is Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200–539 B.C.E. (Society of Biblical Literature, 2004), with updates in journal articles and book chapters.
Reading twelve languages, he earned a PhD in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied archaeology under Professors Keith Schoville and Jeffrey Blakely. There he also earned an MA in Library and Information Studies. His alma mater is Trinity College (now part of Trinity International University), Deerfield, Illinois, where his BA was summa cum laude, as was his MTS from Asian Theological Seminary (Manila area).
He is currently Emeritus Professor of Library Science, Purdue University, where earlier he was Associate Professor of History (courtesy appointment) and received faculty awards for research and for teaching.
In 2019, he was Scholar in Residence at Temple Sholom, Chicago. For a decade, he and his wife served churches around Manila, Philippines, where he also taught outreach courses for Asian Theological Seminary.