I am currently Professor of Biblical Studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I have taught since 2000. My courses include Introduction to the Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, The Pentateuch, The Prophetic Literature, Old Testament Theology, and “God, the Bible and Scientific Discovery.” My research interests are deliberately eclectic and include: A Chorus of Prophetic Voices: Introducing the Prophetic Literature of Ancient Israel (2015), An Apocryphal God (2015), Portraits of a Mature God (2013), Struggling with God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch (2008), Raising Cain, Fleeing Egypt, and Fighting Philistines: The Old Testament in Popular Music (2006). I recently do-edited a special issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies on “Violence in the Bible” (2015). One of my current projects is a book that explores how biblical texts portray cities and urban life and the implications of those portrayals for modern urban readers. Not Scattered or Confused: The Bible in an Urban World is forthcoming from Westminster John Knox Press in 2019. I frequently lead a study abroad program called Belmont in the Biblical World, which visits places like Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece.
I’m a Ph.D. student in New Testament at Baylor University. My research interests include the Gospel of Mark, narrative and redaction criticism, early Christian and Jewish use of the Old Testament, and the the relation of Judaism and Christianity in the first four centuries. In addition to reading and writing, my hobbies include playing tennis, guitar, and disc golf.
…Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy (2016–).
Society for Old Testament Study (2015–).
Society of Biblical Literature (2010–)….
…Ph.D., Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2017.
Exchange student, Evangelisch-theologische Fakultät, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany, Winter semester, 2014–15.
Certificate of study, French as foreign language, Institut de langue et de culture françaises, Institut Catholique, Paris, August 2013 and July 2014.
M.Th. (by Research), Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2012.
M.Div., Union Presbyterian Seminary, USA, 2011.
I hold a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies from the University of Edinburgh, where I was supervised by Hans M. Barstad. My doctoral thesis investigated the nature of prophecy in the book of Jeremiah. My international academic training in philosophy, religious studies, theology, and biblical studies includes study at the University of Richmond, Union Presbyterian Seminary, the University of Edinburgh, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, and l’Institut Catholique, Paris.
“Hebrew Diachrony and Linguistic Dating in the Book of Isaiah,” 2017 Annual SBL Meeting, Boston, MA, November 20, 2017.
Panelist, review panel on Izaak J. de Hulster, Brent A. Strawn, Ryan P. Bonfiglio, Iconographic Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: An Introduction to Its Method and Practice (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), 2017 International SBL Meeting, Berlin, August 2017….
Isaiah: A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Westminster John Knox, in preparation.
The Cambridge Companion to Isaiah. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
‘Make Peace With Me’: The Josianic Origins of Isaiah 24-27. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018.
An Ugaritic Handbook: Paradigms, Vocalization Helps, and Select Bibliography (with Brent A. Strawn, Joel M. LeMon). Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, in preparation.
A Covenant With Death: Death in the Iron Age II and its Rhetorica…
Christopher Hays is the D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Emory University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Notre Dame Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. He has participated in archaeological research in Israel and conducts study trips there. In 2017-18, Hays is serving as president of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Pacific Coast region. Hays is the author of Hidden Riches: A Textbook for the Comparative Study of the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East (Westminster John Knox, 2014) and Death in the Iron Age II and in First Isaiah (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 79; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011). He is working on the Isaiah commentary for the Old Testament Library series, having translated the book for the Common English Bible and written the entry on Isaiah for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. In 2013, he was one of ten scholars around the world to receive the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. Hays has published articles on diverse topics in journals such as the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Biblica, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, and the Journal of Theological Interpretation. He has also contributed essays to various edited volumes. Hays teaches courses in Old Testament and directs the master’s program in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the School of Theology. His languages include Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Hays is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
…Graduate Theological Union
Doctor of Philosophy
Concentration: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Advisor: Uriah Y. Kim, Ph.D.
Yale Divinity School ’20
Master of Arts in Religion
Concentration: Hebrew Bible
Advisor: Joel S. Baden, Ph.D.
Boston University School of Theology ’17
Master of Theological Studies, cum laude
Thesis: “Textual Problems and Interpretations of Habakkuk 3”
Thesis Advisor: Alejandro F. Botta, Ph.D.
George Fox University ’15
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, B…
I am a Ph.D. Student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Graduate Theological Union and my research concerns the poetics of liminality and hegemony in the literature of the Hebrew Bible and Ugarit. I interrogate these broader lines of historical-critical inquiry at the intersection of Postcolonial Theory and Gender Theory (particularly Masculinity Studies) while aware of my Filipinx-American social location. I hold master’s degrees from Yale University and Boston University and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and biblical studies from George Fox University.
My university education began with a degree in Environmental Science, and in the following years I have made the transition into the field of biblical studies. My research is typically interdisciplinary, exploring the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) within the context of the current global environmental crisis. I have just completed my PhD at the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield. My thesis is entitled Trees and Text: A Material Ecocritical Exploration of Gen. 2:4b-3:24 in the Green Bible and it explores the well-known Eden narrative from an ecological perspective using the theory of material ecocriticism.
…Society of Biblical Literature
Society for Old Testament Study
Association of Anglican Biblical Scholars
European Association of Biblical Studies
National Association of Professors of Hebrew
Palestine Exploration Fund…
…D.Phil. in Theology (Old Testament) (Oxford)
M.Phil. in Theology (Old Testament) (Oxford)
Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (Oxford)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Nottingham)
B.A. in Religious Studies (Scripps)…
I am currently David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where I teach and research in a number of areas relating to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Hebrew language and exegesis. My research focuses on the intersection of theology, ethics, and community identities, with a historical focus on the social and intellectual world of ancient Israel and a contemporary interest in the relevance of this work for twenty-first century ethics. I am especially interested in integrating insights from other disciplines, such as anthropology, refugee studies, and postcolonial theory, into biblical studies. This has led to monographs examining the intersection between creation theology and ethics in the conduct of war (War and Ethics), the social context of Deuteronomy’s distinctively Israelite ethics (The Making of Israel), and the relationship between oaths of loyalty to the Assyrian king and Deuteronomy’s emphasis on exclusive loyalty to God (Israel and the Assyrians), as well as a co-authored volume analysing scribal translation practice in the Iron Age (Translating Empire, with Jeremy M. Hutton). My current project incorporates trauma theory, social-scientific research on involuntary migration, and postcolonial theory to understand the consequences of the Babylonian exile on Israel and Judah, developing previous work on Israelite identity and theology and on the prophets. I also have interests in Genesis, the Psalms, and the prophets. My previous post was at the University of Nottingham (UK), where I directed the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology, bringing together biblical and historical scholars with systematic and philosophical theologians to address contemporary issues in theology and religious studies. I have held research fellowships at Keble College and St John’s College in Oxford and at Fitzwilliam College and Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge.
…Lecturer In Old Testament And Biblical Languages…
…Assistant Professor of Old Testament…
…Assistant Professor Of Hebrew Bible/old Testament…