Stephen B. Chapman

Associate Professor of Old Testament
051 Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3408
  • B.A. 1984 (Yale)
  • M.Div. 1990 (Yale)
  • M.Phil. 1994 (Yale)
  • Ph.D. 1998 (Yale)

A proponent of theological interpretation of the Bible, the Rev. Dr. Stephen B. Chapman has studied, lectured, and taught internationally and domestically in a variety of academic and church settings. His work focuses on the formation of the biblical canon, the nature of the Old Testament as Scripture, the literary dynamics of biblical narrative, the challenge of biblical violence, and the history and use of the Old Testament within the Christian tradition and Western culture. He is the author of 1 Samuel as Christian Scripture (2016), which was named Reference Book of the Year for 2017 by the Academy of Parish Clergy, and The Law and the Prophets (2000; 2nd ed. 2020), as well as numerous essays. He coedited The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (2016) and Biblischer Text und theologische Theoriebildung (2001). He serves on the editorial boards of the monograph series Old Testament Theology (Cambridge) and Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures (Eisenbrauns/Penn State). He is an ordained American Baptist minister. His current writing project is The Theology of the Book of Joshua for Cambridge University Press.

Selected Publications

Authored Books:

  • 1 Samuel as Christian Scripture: A Theological Commentary (Eerdmans)
  • The Law and the Prophets: A Study in Old Testament Canon Formation (Mohr Siebeck)
Coedited Books:
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Cambridge University Press)
  • Biblischer Text und theologische Theoriebildung (Neukirchener)
Recent Courses
  • Introduction to Old Testament Interpretation
  • Hebrew Exegesis of Joshua
  • Hebrew Exegesis of Isaiah
  • Advanced Hebrew Syntax
  • Hebrew Narrative Art
  • History of Ancient Israel
  • Pentateuchal Criticism
  • Modern Critical Study of the Prophets
  • The Immorality of God
  • Scripture and Ethics
  • Karl Barth's Old Testament Interpretation
  • Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  • Preaching and the Old Testament
  • The Old Testament and Leadership