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Brian Doak


Brian R. Doak
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Faculty Fellow, William Penn Honors Program
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Email: bdoak@georgefox.edu
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Ph.D. Harvard University
M.A. Missouri State University
B.A. Evangel University

Teaching and Research Interests: Hebrew Bible / Old Testament; 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 R. Doak joined the Religious Studies faculty in the Fall of 2011. Prior to this, 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). Brian has conducted archaeological fieldwork with the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon (Israel) and served as an editorial assistant for Harvard Theological Review. In 2009, he was awarded a Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning Certificate of Distinction at Harvard University. He is the recent recipient of the Aviram Prize (2012) for archaeological research and the George Fox University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (2014). 

Professor Doak's first book, The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel, was published by the Ilex Foundation via Harvard University Press (December, 2012), and his second book, coming out in the Fall of 2014, is Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and Self in Job (Fortress Press). He is the co-author (with Steve Sherwood) of The Bible: Ancient Context and Ongoing Community (Kendall Hunt, 2014), an introductory textbook for a first-year Bible course. He has a fourth volume currently underway, Phoenician Aniconism in its Mediterranean and Near Eastern Contexts (SBL Press; forthcoming 2015). 

Other recent publications include “Ezekiel’s Topography of the (Un-)Heroic Dead in Ezek 32:17–32,” Journal of Biblical Literature (2013); “The Fate and Power of Heroic Bones and the Politics of Bone Transfer in Ancient Israel and Greece,” Harvard Theological Review (2013)“Funerary Iconography on an Infant Burial Jar from Ashkelon," co-authored with K. Birney, Israel Exploration Journal (2011)“‘Some Worthless and Reckless Fellows’: Landlessness and Parasocial Leadership in Judges," Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (2011); and “Legalists, Visionaries, and New Names: Sectarianism and the Search for Apocalyptic Origins in Isaiah 56–66,” Biblical Theology Bulletin (2010). He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions.

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