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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


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


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)

Selected Publications


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)

The Neo-Babylonian Empire and Babylon in the Latter Prophets. Harvard Semitic Museum Monographs 59. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999.

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.

Edited Volumes

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).

Articles and Chapters

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

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

’el-mĕdînâ ûmĕdînâ kiktābāh: Scribes and Scripts in Yehud and in Achaemenid Transeuphratene.” Pp. 529-44 in The Judeans in the Achaemenid Age: Negotiating Identity in an International Context. Gary N. Knoppers, Oded Lipschits and Manfred Oeming (eds.). Winona-Lake, Eisenbrauns, 2011.

“The Israelite mišpāhah, the Priestly Writings, and Changing Valences in Israel’s Kinship Terminology.” Pp. 485-96 in Exploring the Longue Durée. Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager, ed. D. S. Schloen. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009.

“Biblical Perspectives on Nineveh and Babylon: Views from the Endangered Periphery.” Journal of the Canadian Society of Mesopotamian Studies 3 (2008): 83-92.

Co-Author with O. Lipschits. “Jerusalem in the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Light of the Yehud Stamp Impressions.” Pp. 106-115 in Eretz IsraelArchaeological, Historical and Geographical Studies (Tedi Kolek Volume). Jerusalem, 2007 (Hebrew).

“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.

Selected Scholarly 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.

“Habakkuk’s תוכחת, ‘Disputation’ in the Context of Judean Prophecy.” Plenary address, Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting (Aug. 9, 2011).

“Archaeological Evidence of Acculturation among Judeans in the Persian Period.” International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament. Helsinki, Finland (Aug. 2, 2010).