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Douglas A. Knight

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Douglas A. Knight
Douglas A. Knight is Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible and Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School, College of Arts and Science, Graduate Department of Religion, and Program in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

He received a B.A. from Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS), M.Div. from California Baptist Theological Seminary (Covina, CA), and ThD from Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen, Germany). He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the German Academic Exchange Service. He also received the Thomas Jefferson Award from Vanderbilt University.

Professor Knight has been visiting professor or scholar at universities in Jerusalem, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Göttingen, and Tübingen. For six years he was director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, which received funding of almost $3.5 million. He also served as chair of Vanderbilt’s Graduate Department of Religion.

Former officer of the Society of Biblical Literature, Professor Knight has been editor of the Society’s Dissertation Series and editorial board member of the Journal of Biblical Literature. He also directed the Society’s five-year project, “The Bible in the American Tradition,” supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has participated in archaeological excavations in Israel and has been a member of the editorial board of Near Eastern Archaeology. He cofounded ETANA, Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives.

Professor Knight’s most recent books include The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us, coauthored with Amy-Jill Levine (HarperOne); Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel (Westminster John Knox Press), and Rediscovering the Traditions of Israel, 3rd edition (Society of Biblical Literature). He is also general editor of the Library of Ancient Israel series (Westminster John Knox Press). He is currently working on a commentary on the book of Joshua (Cambridge University Press).

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