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Dan Pioske

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

1124A Newton

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2012

My research explores how the individuals behind the Bible experienced and wrote about the past. These interests often touch on matters of epistemology and hermeneutics, broadly speaking, or questions of knowledge and how we might interpret ancient texts written down in a world far different from our own. In light of these interests, my work often focuses on how the various pasts referred to within the Bible both connect to and resist what has been learned through archaeological excavations carried out in the southwest Asia over the previous century, and how this tension contributes to a better appreciation of what these biblical stories mean and the contexts in which they were written. These interests have been pursued in different ways through two books, David’s Jerusalem: Between Memory and History (2015) and Memory in a Time of Prose: Studies in Epistemology, Hebrew Scribalism, and the Biblical Past (2018).  I currently teach a number of introductory and more advanced courses on biblical literature, history, and interpretive approaches toward reading the Bible today.
  • Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Jerusalem and the Abrahamic Religions (FYE)
  • The Hebrew Prophets
  • Religion, Memory, History
  • The Archaeology and History of the Biblical World
  • Seminar in Religious Studies (Special Topic: Hermeneutics)
Memory in a Time of Prose: Studies in Epistemology, Hebrew Scribalism, and the Biblical Past.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.


Cover-David's-Jerusalem-edited David’s Jerusalem: Between Memory and History. Studies in Religion 45. New York: Routledge, 2015.
Journal Articles:
“Material Culture and Making Visible: On the Portrayal of Philistine Gath in the Book of Samuel,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 42.4 (2018): forthcoming
“The Scribe of David: A Portrait of a Life.” Maarav: A Journal for the Study of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literature 20.2 (2013 [published 2016]): 163-88.
“Prose Writing in an Age of Orality: A Study of 2 Sam 5:6-9.” Vetus Testamentum 66.2 (2016): 261-79.
Cover-Biblical-Interpretations “Retracing a Remembered Past: Methodological Remarks on Memory, History, and the Hebrew Bible.” Biblical Interpretation 23.3 (2015): 291-315.
Cover-Near-Eastern-Archaeology “David’s Jerusalem: A Sense of Place.” Near Eastern Archaeology 76.1 (2013): 4-15.

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