Associate Professor of Old Testament
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.
Introduction to Old Testament
Women in Scripture
Jewish & Christian Interpretations of Psalms
Reconstructing the Temple: The Royal Rhetoric of Temple Renovation in Ancient Israel and the Near East (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Exploring the Old Testament: Creation, Covenant, Prophecy, Kingship (Twenty-Third Publications, 2018)
Tel Dan in Its Northern Cultic Context (SBL Archaeology and Biblical Studies series, 2013)
Overreading Amos: Prophetic Audience, Entrapment, and Identity (under review with Cambridge University Press)
Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah: Prophets of Renewal during the Exile (Paulist Press, in progress)
“Amos Overheard: Amos 7:10-17, its Addressees, and its Audience,” under review.
“Eminent Domain and its Discontents: Royal Ideology and Resistance at Dur-Sharrukin and Naboth’s Vineyard,” in progress.
“A Biblical View of Covenants Old and New,” Theological Studies 81 (2020): 631-648.
“A Near Eastern Treaty Parallel to Ezekiel’s Dry Bones,” Vetus Testamentum 68 (2018): 337-345.
“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): 465-81.
“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.
“The Blessings and Curses of Deuteronomy 27-28,” The Bible Today 56 (2018): 171-177.
“Tel Dan: A Temple at the Source of the Jordan River,” The Bible Today 50 (2012): 178-184.
“1 Kings,” forthcoming in The Jerome Biblical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century: Third Fully Revised Edition (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2021).
“Job,” in The Paulist Biblical Commentary (Paulist Press, 2018), pp. 426-462.
Contributions to Edited Volumes
“The Way of Knowing Sought: A Biblical Reflection,” in progress for Formative Theological Education.
“The End of Humiliation in LXX Isaiah 40,” forthcoming in a Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series volume.
“Disability and Advocacy in the Book of Job,” forthcoming in Sacred Troubling Topics (ed. Roberta Sabbath; de Gruyter).
“Sacred/Ritual Times,” in The Oxford Handbook on Ritual and Worship (ed. Samuel Balentine; Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 195-206.
“Biblical Exegesis as Interreligious Dialogue and Spiritual Practice,” in Words to Live By: Sacred Sources for Interreligious Engagement (ed. Or Rose, Homayra Ziad, and Soren Hessler; Orbis Books, 2018), pp. 129-138.
“Family Religion in Ancient Israel,” in Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament (ed. Jonathan Greer, John Hilber, and John Walton; Baker Academic, 2018), pp. 375-380.
“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.
“Ruth and Esther as the Thematic Frame of the Megilloth,” in Megilloth Studies: The Shape of Contemporary Scholarship (ed. Brad Embry; Sheffield Phoenix, 2016), pp. 7-19.