Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis

Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology

(919) 660-3561
edavis@div.duke.edu
211 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

Biography

Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina.

The author of eight books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations. Her most recent book, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009), integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production.  Her other publications include Wondrous Depth: Old Testament Preaching (Westminster John Knox, 2005); Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth through Image and Text (Westminster John Knox, 2003), an annotated translation accompanying woodcuts by Margaret Adams Parker; Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament (Cowley, 2002); and The Art of Reading Scripture (Eerdmans, 2003), co-edited with Richard Hays.

She has long been involved in inter-religious dialogue and is now cooperating with the Episcopal Church of Sudan to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture.

Degrees

A.B., University of California, Berkeley
Cert. Theo., Oxford University
M.Div., Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Ph.D., Yale University

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Books

  • Wondrous Depth: Old Testament Preaching, Westminster John Knox, 2005
  • The Art of Reading Scripture, a volume of essays co-edited with Richard Hays, Eerdmans, 2003. The essays (which include four of my own) were written by members of the Scripture Project, a project of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. Named in fourth place on the Academy of Parish Clergy Top Ten Books of the Year for 2004.
  • “Who Are You, My Daughter?”: Reading Ruth through Image and Text, my translation and commentary, with woodcuts by Margaret Adams Parker, Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
  • Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament, Cowley Publications, 2001.
  • Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and The Song of Songs: A Theological Commentary, in the Westminster Bible Companion Series, Westminster John Knox Press, April 2000.
  • Imagination Shaped: Old Testament Preaching in the Anglican Tradition, Trinity Press International, 1995.
  • Swallowing the Scroll: Textuality and the Dynamics of Discourse in Ezekiel’s Prophecy, Almond Press, 1989.

Articles

  • "Losing a Friend," Pro Ecclesia
  • "Critical Traditioning," Anglican Theological Review

Courses

  • Anatomy of the Soul: The Psalms in Christian Life
  • Isaiah in Christian Theology and Preaching
  • Living with Exodus

Additional Information

Links

The National Prairie Writers Circle

Recommendations

  • Jon Levenson, Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible
  • Christopher R. Seitz, Word Without End: The Old Testament as Abiding Theological Witness
  • Andrew Louth, Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology
  • Walter Brueggemann, The Covenanted Self