At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship
Brian Doak

Brian Doak, PhD

Department Chair, College of Christian Studies

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Faculty Fellow, William Penn Honors Program

Director, Summer Online Program


Office: Hoover 238

Office Hours: **Brian Doak is on sabbatical for the Fall 2018 semester

PhD, Harvard University
MA, Missouri State University
BA, Evangel University

Teaching and Research Interests
: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; Hebrew language; history of 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 College of Christian 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), received the Aviram Prize for archaeological research (2012), and was awarded the George Fox University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (2014).

Professor Doak is the author of four books: Phoenician Aniconism in its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts  (SBL Press, 2015); Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and Self in Job (Fortress, 2014); The Bible: Ancient Context and Ongoing Community (co-authored with Steve Sherwood; Kendall Hunt, 2014); and The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel (Ilex Foundation and the Center for Hellenic Studies, 2012). He is currently working on three projects, all under contract with Oxford University press: Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel (forthcoming 2018); the Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean (co-editor, with Carolina López-Ruiz; forthcoming 2019); and Ancient Israel's Neighbors (Essentials of Biblical Studies series; forthcoming 2019). 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 and the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions. He lives in Newberg with his wife and two daughters.