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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

David Vanderhooft

theology department

David Vanderhooft

Associate Professor

Stokes N459
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-4240
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., York University
A.B., University of Winnipeg

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

Trends in Northwest Semitic, Hebrew, and Aramaic Epigraphy. Volume 2, no. 2 (2013) of the journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (Mohr Siebeck).

Co-editor with Abraham Winitzer, Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013).

“Wadi el-Ḥôl Inscription 2 and The Early Alphabetic Graph , *ǵull-, ‘yoke’.” Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel Vol. 2.2 (2013).

The Yehud Stamp Impressions: A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah. IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011. Co-authored with Prof. Oded Lipschits, Tel Aviv University. Winner: G. Ernest Wright Prize, 2012 (American Schools of Oriental Research)

“Habakkuk.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. Edited by Michael D. Coogan. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Recent Presentations

“The Precursors of the Jewish Script in the Late Achaemenid and Hellenistic Contexts,” presented in the session “Borderlines of Jewish Identity in Antiquity” – A Session organized by the program “Jewish Culture in the Ancient World.” World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, July 30, 2013.

“Acculturation in Ezekiel.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Prophetic Texts in Their Ancient Contexts/Ezekiel Consultation, Chicago, IL. Nov. 17, 2012.

“Interpreting the Prophetic Tradition: The Book of Habakkuk.” UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Center for the Study of Religion, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Mar. 1, 2012.