Christopher Hays joined the Fuller faculty in 2008, as occupant of the D. Wilson Moore Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Before coming to Fuller, he held teaching and research positions at Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has participated in archaeological research in Israel and leads student trips there.
Hays is the author of Death in the Iron Age II and in First Isaiah
(Forschungen zum Alten Testament 79; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011). His next book, Hidden Riches: A Textbook for the Comparative Study of the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East
is forthcoming with Westminster John Knox. He translated the book of Isaiah for the new Common English Bible and wrote the entry on Isaiah for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible.
Hays has published articles on diverse topics in journals such as the Journal of Near Eastern Studies
, the Journal of Biblical Literature
, Vetus Testamentum
, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections
, and the Journal of Theological Interpretation
. He has also contributed essays to various edited volumes.
Hays teaches courses in Old Testament and directs the master’s program in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature in the School of Theology. His languages include Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin.
Hays is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
OT854/554 Israelite Religion in its Ancient Near Eastern Context
OT883/583 History and Historiography of Ancient Israel
OT506 OT Exegesis: Isaiah 1–39
OT506 OT Exegesis: Isaiah 40–66
LG533-534 Ugaritic I and II
LG535-536 Akkadian I and II
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
The Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern context; ancient Near Eastern languages, history, and religion; new critical perspectives such as literary theory and postcolonialism; ways in which comparative and theological approaches to Scripture are compatible and mutually informing