PhD, Harvard University
MA, Missouri State University
BA, Evangel University
Teaching and Research Interests: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; Hebrew language; history of biblical interpretation; archaeology of the ancient Near East; comparative religion in the ancient world; the Book of Job; iconography and art history of the ancient Near East
Brian Doak joined the religious studies faculty in the fall of 2011. Previously, he taught a range of courses on the Bible, Classics, and Hebrew language at Harvard University (Teaching Fellow, 2008–2010) and Missouri State University (2004–2006). Doak has conducted archaeological fieldwork with the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon (Israel), and he is the recent recipient of the Aviram Prize for archaeological research (2012) and the George Fox University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (2014).
Professor Doak is the author of three books: The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel (2012); Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and Self in Job (2014); and the forthcoming Phoenician Aniconism in its Mediterranean and Near Eastern Contexts (SBL Press, 2015). In addition to other reviews and essays, he has recently published articles in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Harvard Theological Review, Israel Exploration Journal, and the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
Doak is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions. He lives in Newberg with his wife and two daughters.