Faculty Directory

Andrew R. Davis

Professor of Old Testament; Professor Ordinarius


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.

Selected Courses

  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Biblical Spirituality
  • Prophets
  • Job and Suffering

Editorial Positions

Catholic Biblical Quarterly editorial board

Selected Publications

The Book of Amos and its Audiences: Prophecy, Poetry, and Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press, 2023)

Reconstructing the Temple: The Royal Rhetoric of Temple Renovation in Ancient Israel and the Near East (Oxford University Press, 2019)

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

Exploring the Old Testament: Creation, Covenant, Prophecy, Kingship (Twenty-Third Publications, 2018)

“A Biblical View of Covenants Old and New,” Theological Studies 81 (2020): 631-648.

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

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

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

“1 Kings,” in The Jerome Biblical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century: Third Fully Revised Edition (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2022), pp. 456-475.

“Job,” in The Paulist Biblical Commentary (Paulist Press, 2018), pp. 426-462.

“Spirit, Wind, or Breath: Reflections on the Old Testament,” in The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire (ed. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid; Paulist Press, 2017), 63-72.