BA, University of Winnipeg
MA, York University
Ph.D., Harvard University
David Vanderhooft came to Boston College as an Assistant Professor after completing his doctorate at Harvard University. He was promoted to Associate Professor in Spring 2002.
Professor Vanderhooft's research interests revolve around the Hebrew Scriptures, especially the Former and Latter Prophets. Historical, cultural, theological, and comparative analyses of ancient Israel's literature dominate his scholarship. The relationship between Israel and the ancient empires of Assyria and Babylonia forms another focus of research.
The Biblical Heritage I & II
The Hebrew Bible and History: The Case of David
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
God, Power, and Politics in the Bible
Prophets, Visionaries, and the Apocalypse in Ancient Israel Prophecy in Ancient Israel
Samuel and Kings
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS
Member of the professional staff and area excavation supervisor with the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Israel, directed by Harvard University.
Boston College Academic Year Sabbatical (2002-2003)
Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (1994-1995)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Doctoral Fellowship (1992-1994)
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship (1990-1992)
Honorable Mention, Governor General of Canada Dissertation Award (1991)
The Yehud Stamp Impressions: A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah. IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011.
The Neo-Babylonian Empire and Babylon in the Latter Prophets. Harvard Semitic Museum Monographs 59. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.
"Dwelling beneath the Sacred Place: A Proposal for Reading 2 Samuel 7:10." Journal of Biblical Literature 118/4 (1999) 625-33.
"New Evidence Pertaining to the Transition from Neo-Babylonian to Achaemenid Administration in Palestine," pp. 219-35 in Yahwism after the Exile, eds. Rainer Albertz and Bob Becking. Studies in Theology and Religion. Assen-Maastricht: Van Gorcum, 2002.
"Iron Age Hebrew, Moabite, and Edomite Monumental Scripts." In An Eye for Form: Epigraphic Studies in Honor of Frank Moore Cross Jr., ed. Jo Ann Hackett and Walter Aufrecht. Harvard Semitic Studies. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2002.
He is currently working on a comprehensive commentary on the prophetic book of Habakkuk for the series Hermeneia, which will be published by Augsburg Fortress Press.
Selected Scholarly Presentations
"Babylonian Strategies of Imperial Control in the West: Royal Rhetoric and Policy." Invited lecture for the international conference "Judah and Judeans in the Neo-Babylonian Period," Tel Aviv University, May 29-31, 2001.
"The Babylonians in the Levant and the Chaldeans in Habukkuk: Historical and Literary Considerations." Invited lecture at the University of Toronto, Deptartment of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, March 9, 2001.
"The Decline and Fall of the Babylonian Empire: Ancient Views on the Capture of Babylon by Cyrus II." Invited seminar presentation at the Oriental Institute, the University of Chicago, January 25, 2001, in the series "Ancient Near Eastern History: Investigations, Perspectives, and Methodologies."
PUBLICATIONS SINCE 2002
Co-author with Oded Lipschits. “Yehud Stamp Impressions of the Fourth Century BCE: A Time of Administrative Consolidation?” in Judah and the Judeans in the 4th Century BCE, eds. Oded Lipschits, Gary N. Knoppers, and Rainer Albertz. Winona-Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2007.
Co-author with Oded Lipschits. “Jerusalem in the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Light of the Yehud Stamp Impressions.” Eretz Israel, Tedi Kolek volume [in Hebrew], (2007), 106-115.
O. Lipschits, M. Oeming., Y. Gadot, and D.S. Vanderhooft. “Four New YEHUD Stamp Impressions Found in the Renewed Excavations at Ramat-Rahel.” Tel Aviv-Journal of the Institute of Archaeology 33/2 (2006).
“Cyrus II, Liberator or Conqueror? Ancient Historiography Concerning Cyrus in Babylon,” pp. 351-72 in Judah and Judeans in the Persian Period, eds. Oded Lipschits and Manfred Oeming. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2006.
“Babylonian Strategies of Imperial Control in the West: Royal Practice and Rhetoric,” pp. 235-62 in Judah and Judeans in the Neo-Babylonian Period, eds. Oded Lipschits and Joseph Blenkinsopp. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2003.
“New Evidence Pertaining to the Transition from Neo-Babylonian to Achaemenid Administration in Palestine,” pp. 219-35 in Yahwism after the Exile — Perspectives on Israelite Religion in the Persian Period, eds. Rainer Albertz and Bob Becking. Studies in Theology and Religion 5. Assen-Maastricht: Van Gorcum, 2003.
Co-author with Wayne Horowitz. “The Cuneiform Inscription from Tell en-Nasbeh: The Demise of an Unknown King.” Tel Aviv-Journal of the Institute of Archaeology 29:2 (2002): 318-27.