John Hobbins has studied the languages of the Bible since he was 15 years old. He holds a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto. He holds an M.A. degree from the UW-Madison, where he also taught Elementary and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew. He served as a research assistant for Michael V. Fox at the UW-Madison, and studied for a year at the Pontifical Biblical Institute-Rome.
Hobbins earned a graduate degree at the Waldensian Theological Seminary-Rome, teaching Hebrew at the seminary while a student there. He also served as a pastor in Sicily. He subsequently studied a year at the Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel in Bielefeld, Germany.
Hobbins is an ordained pastor in the Waldensian Church – Union of Waldensian and Methodist Churches in Italy. Currently he teaches intensive Hebrew summer courses to pastors and evangelists of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan, at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Gambella, Ethiopia. He has published, with Samuel Bray, Genesis 1–11: A New Old Translation.