John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
B.A., Philosophy, Calvin College College (1979)
M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1982)
M.A., Harvard University, Near Eastern Studies (1986)
Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Studies (1988)
Research and Teaching Interests
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Ancient Historiography, Ancient Israelite and Near Eastern History, Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Law, Biblical Theology, The Books of Samuel-Kings, Chronicles, and Ezra-Nehemiah, Comparative Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Early Jewish and Samaritan Relations, Early Judaism, Inner Scriptural Exegesis, Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, Textual Criticism
With Richard J. Bautch, Covenant in the Persian Period: From Genesis to Chronicles. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
With Marvin L. Miller and Ehud Ben Zvi, The Economy of Ancient Judah in Its Historical Context. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
With Eric L. Welch. 2015. “A Friend and an Enemy of the Omride State: Elijah, Elisha, and Prophetic-Royal Relations in the Deuteronomistic History,” in Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context, ed. Christopher Rollston. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
With Deirdre Fulton. 2011. “Lower Criticism and Higher Criticism: The Case of 1 Esdras,” in Was First Esdras First? An Investigation into the Priority of First Esdras, ed. L. S. Fried, pp. 11-29. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
2011. “Saint or Sinner? Manasseh in Chronicles,” in Rewriting Biblical History: Essays on Chronicles and Ben Sira in Honour of Pancratius C. Beentjes, ed. H. W. M. Grol and J. Corley, pp. 211-29. Berlin: de Gruyter.
2011. “Did Jacob become Judah?: Assessing Israel’s Reconstitution in Deutero-Isaiah,” in Proceedings of the Sixth International meeting of the Société d’Études Samaritaines, Pápa, Hungary, 20–25 July 2008, ed. J. Zsengellér, pp. 39-70. Berlin: de Gruyter.
2010. “Some Aspects of Samaria’s Religious Culture during the Early Hellenistic Era,” in The Historian and the Bible: Essays in Honour of Lester L. Grabbe, ed. P. R. Davies and D. V. Edelman, pp. 159-74. London: T. & T. Clark Continuum.
2010. “Democratizing Revelation? Prophets, Seers, and Visionaries in Chronicles,” in Prophecy and the Prophets in Ancient Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar, ed. J. Day, pp. 391-409. London: T & T Clark Continuum.
Judah, Levi, David, Solomon, Jerusalem, and the Temple: Election and Covenant in Chronicles," in Covenant and Election in Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism: Studies of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Research Group on Early Jewish Monotheism, Vol. V (ed. Nathan MacDonald; Forschungen zum Alten Testament, II, 79; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015) 139–68.
“When the Foreign Monarch Speaks about the Israelite Tabernacle,” in History, Memory, Hebrew Scriptures: A Festschrift for Ehud Ben Zvi (ed. Ian Douglas Wilson and Diana V. Edelman; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015) 49–63
2013. “Evaluating New Editions of the Hebrew Scriptures,” Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 2: 1–5.
Gary Knoppers is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he was the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Born in Canada, Knoppers received a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College College (1979), a M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1982), and a M.A. (1986) and Ph.D from Harvard University in Near Eastern Studies (1988). He is a past president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (2003–2004) and President of the Biblical Colloquium (2009–2011). He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, professional societies, and institutes, including Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Studia Samaritana, Vetus Testamentum, the Internationaler Exegetischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament, and the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. His scholarly specializations include Hebrew scriptures, ancient historiography, ancient Near Eastern and biblical law, inner-scriptural exegesis, textual criticism, and the history of early Jewish and Samaritan relations. Professor Knoppers has lectured widely in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Israel, and South Africa. Among his recent publications are a two-volume commentary on I Chronicles in the Anchor Bible series (2004), a co-edited volume (with Bernard Levinson) on The Pentateuch as Torah (2007), and a co-edited volume (with Oded Lipschits and Manfred Oeming) on Judah and the Judeans in the Achaemenid Period (2011). His recent monograph, Jews and Samaritans: The Origins and History of Their Early Relations (Oxford University Press, 2013) received the R.B.Y Scott Award for Outstanding Book in Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (2014). He is under contract to produce a commentary on II Chronicles for the Yale Anchor Bible and a three-volume commentary on I and II Kings (with Steven McKenzie) in the Internationaler Exegetischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament series.
Watch the video below to see Prof. Knoppers discuss the origins of an international Judaism.