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Andrew R. Davis

associate professor of old testament

Andrew R. Davis

Contact Information | (617) 552-6528
Simboli Hall 327


A.B., M.T.S., M.A., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University)

Areas of Interest

Besides his primary research interest in Israelite religion, especially sacred space, Davis has been working recently in the books of Job, Genesis, and Ruth.  He is also interested in Jewish-Christian dialogue.  His hobbies include swimming, reading, and spending time with his wife and two sons.


Andrew R. Davis is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, where he first discovered his love of ancient languages in Mrs. Ruth Ann Morton’s seventh-grade Latin class.  He continued studying Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B.).  After a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (Oakland) and another year teaching English in Austria, Davis attended the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (M.T.S.) and then pursued doctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University (M.A., Ph.D.).  Research for his dissertation included a year as Kress Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.  Before coming to Boston College, Davis taught for four years at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry.


Fall 2017
Calling out from the Depths: Jewish & Xian Interpretations of the Psalms--Module Course (TMPS8088)
Core Narrative (TMOT7014)
Seminar: Isaiah (TMOT8505)

Spring 2018
Job & Suffering (TMOT7134)
Prophets (TMOT7055)

Other Courses
The Book of Kings: Theology and Historiography
Genesis to Kings
Introduction to the Old Testament
Job and Suffering
Post-Exilic Old Testament Books
Women in Scripture

Selected Publications


Tel Dan in Its Northern Cultic Context (SBL Archaeology and Biblical Studies series, 2013)

Journal Articles

“Eden Revisited: A Literary and Theological Reading of Genesis 18:12-13,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 78 (2016): 611-31.

“Re-reading 1 Kings 17:21 in Light of Ancient Medical Texts,” Journal of Biblical Literature 135 (2016): 459-75.

“Recent Research on the Megilloth” (written with Amy Erickson), Currents in Biblical Research, 14 (2016): 298-318.

“Wrestling Jacob in the Book of Genesis and August Wilson’s Fences,” Literature and Theology 29 (2015): 47-65.

“Hidden Treasure in Job 14:17,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 76 (2014): 421-35.

“The Literary Effect of Gender Discord in the Book of Ruth,” Journal of Biblical Literature 132 (2013): 495-513.

“Translating חנם in Job 1:9 and 2:3: On the Relationship between Job’s Piety and his Interiority” (written with Tod Linafelt), Vetus Testamentum 63 (2013): 627-39.

“‘Answer me properly!’: Diplomatic Strategy and Subterfuge in the Treaty Texts from Mari,” Ancient Near Eastern Studies 50 (2013): 243-54.

Other Publications

“Sacred/Ritual Times,” in progress for The Oxford Handbook on Ritual and Worship (ed. Samuel Balentine; Oxford: Oxford University Press).

“Job” (30,000 words), forthcoming The Paulist Biblical Commentary (Paulist Press).

“Family Religion in Ancient Israel,” forthcoming in Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament (Baker Academic).

“1 Kings” (16, 250 words), in progress for The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (Bloomsbury T & T Clark)

“Spirit, Wind, or Breath: Reflections on the Old Testament,” in progress for collection of essays on the Holy Spirit (Paulist Press).

“Ruth and Esther as the Thematic Frame of the Megilloth,” in Megilloth Studies: The Shape of Contemporary Scholarship (ed. B. Embry; Sheffield Phoenix, 2016), pp. 7-19.

“Oaths and Vows,” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (ed. Brent Strawn; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), vol. 2, pp. 149-56.

“Tel Dan: A Temple at the Source of the Jordan River,” The Bible Today 50 (May/June 2012): 178-184.

Weekday Homily Helps (St. Anthony Messenger Press), ongoing.  Contributions includes: 4th Week of Advent; 2nd, 6th, and 7th Weeks of Easter; 1st, 8th, 14th, 25th, 26th, 29th, 30th, and 34th Weeks in Ordinary Time.