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Douglas A. Knight, Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible and Professor of Jewish Studies, earned the Dr.theol. at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany. Drawing especially on sociohistorical approaches and ideological criticism, he focuses his interests within Hebrew Bible studies on the legal traditions, the Pentateuch in general, the historical and prophetic literature, ethics, history of biblical interpretation, and the social and political world of the first millennium BCE. He has been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and is co-founder and steering committee member of the Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives (ETANA).

Major awards have come from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Vanderbilt University presented him with the Thomas Jefferson Award in 2005.

At Vanderbilt University he was chair of the Graduate Department of Religion during 1999-2004 and co-director and senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture during 2003-2009. His lecturing has taken him across the United States and to Germany, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Israel, Japan, and China.

The author and editor of numerous books and articles, he currently serves as general editor of the series Library of Ancient Israel. Most recently he has published Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011) and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us, co-authored with Amy-Jill Levine (HarperOne, 2011). He is presently working on a commentary on the book of Joshua for the New Cambridge Bible Commentary series (Cambridge University Press).

Blog Entries by Douglas Knight

What Does the Bible Say About Creation and Evolution?

(4387) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 8:55 PM

For more than a century the creation vs. evolution debate has raged in numerous countries, nowhere more strongly than in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its sensationalist forms are fodder for the media: the Scopes "Monkey Trial" in 1925, the Arkansas trial of 1981, the "Intelligent Design" notion,...

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Biblical Views of God

(1376) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 1:16 AM

The claims are familiar: humanity could not control nature, did not understand conception or birth, and feared death, and so we invented a God that brought order to chaos, purpose to life and comfort in death. Next, we developed religion to placate the God we invented to assuage our fears...

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The Bible and Sexuality

(1694) Comments | Posted November 13, 2011 | 7:01 AM

The culture wars over family values have yet to reach détente and will not until the messiah comes (or returns, depending on the reader's affiliation). Battles continue over women's equality vs. a wife's graceful submission, no-fault divorce vs. attempts to strengthen marital bonds, the ordaining of gays and lesbians and...

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Biblical Israel's History Viewed From Inside and Out

(270) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 5:13 AM

The Bible gives the impression of being grounded in history. The story of the Israelites unfolds chronologically from creation to the Hellenistic occupation during the fourth to first centuries BCE. A rich assortment of stories, poetry, laws and prophecies reinforces the sense of historicity.

So it can be disconcerting...

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