At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship

Brian Doak


Brian R. Doak
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Faculty Fellow, William Penn Honors Program
Phone: (503) 554.2655
Email: bdoak@georgefox.edu
Office: Pennington 204
Mail: George Fox University
        414 N. Meridian St. #6053
        Newberg, OR 97132


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). 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). 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. In addition to other reviews and essays, he has recently published articles in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Harvard Theological Review, Israel Exploration Journal, the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, and Biblical Theology Bulletin

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.