Stephen Chapman

Associate Professor of Old Testament
051 Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3408

Ph.D. Yale

Stephen Chapman has taught at Duke since the fall of 2000. After majoring in religious studies at Yale (where he also sang in the a capella group, the Whiffenpoofs), he worked as a legislative assistant to a member of Congress before returning to Yale for 10 more years of graduate study.

Ordained in the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., he pastored several different Connecticut congregations while earning his Ph.D. in Old Testament. He then held a research position for two years at the University of Tübingen in Germany and served as a visiting scholar in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University.

His research centers on issues of canon, hermeneutics and theological approaches to scriptural interpretation. An active participant in the Baptist World Alliance, he is a member of both its Workgroup on Theological Education and its Committee on Doctrine and Interchurch Cooperation.


Authored Book:

  • The Law and the Prophets: A Study in Old Testament Canon Formation
Coedited Book:
  • Biblischer Text und theologische Theoriebildung (ed. Stephen Chapman, Christine Helmer and Christof Landmesser; BThSt 44; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener, 2001)


  • "'The Law and the Words’ as a Canonical Formula within the Old Testament," in The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity: Studies in Language and Tradition (ed. C.A. Evans; JSPS 33; SSEJC 7; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000) 26-74
  • "How the Biblical Canon Began: Working Models and Open Questions," in Homer, the Bible and Beyond: Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World (ed. M. Finkelberg; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)

Op-Ed Writings:

  • "Which Commandments?," Raleigh News & Observer, May 9, 2002
  • "Religion," Raleigh News & Observer, June 30, 2002


  • "A Brazen Faith (John 3:14-15)," Ex Auditu 16 (2000) 187-91
  • Introduction to Old Testament Interpretation
  • Exegesis of Exodus
  • Exegesis of 1 Samuel
  • Exegesis of Jeremiah
  • Old Testament Law and Community
  • Theological Approaches to Scripture




  • Brevard S. Childs, Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
  • Charles H. Cosgrove, Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate
  • Frederick C. Holmgren, The Old Testament and the Significance of Jesus
  • Rolf Rendtorff, Theologie des Alten Testaments