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L. Daniel Hawk

Dr. L. Daniel Hawk, PHD

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

When it comes to Old Testament scholarship and theology, Dr. Hawk is an expert. He is also an excellent communicator, able to make complex issues of theology accessible to those in his classroom. Students find Dr. Hawk to be kind, compassionate, and a compelling teacher.

Dr. Hawk is married to his beautiful wife Linda. They have two wonderful sons, Danny and Andrew.



  • The Violence of the Biblical God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2019.
  • Ruth. Apollos Biblical Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2015. Postcolonial Evangelical Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis. Kay Higuera Smith, Jayachitra Lalitha, and L. Daniel Hawk, eds. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2014.
  • Joshua in 3-D: A Commentary on Biblical Conquest and Manifest Destiny. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010.
  • Joshua. Berit Olam. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000.
  • Every Promise Fulfilled: Contesting Plots in Joshua. Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1991.

Selected Essays, Chapters, Articles

  • “1-2 Samuel.” Wesley One Volume Commentary. Kenneth J. Collins and Robert W. Wall, eds. Nashville: Abingdon, 2020.
  • “Narrative Eclipse, Theological Constructions, and Historical Analysis: A Response to Reviewers of The Violence of the Biblical God.” Conversations with the Biblical World 39 (2020): 294-307.
  • “The Biblical Critique of the Conquest.” Essays on the Hebrew Bible. Mark Roncace, ed. Northpoint, NC: Point of View, 2019.
  • “Jeremiah 33:14-16,” “Jeremiah 1:4-10,” and “Jeremiah 17:5-10.” In Connections: Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship: Year C, Volume 1, Advent through Epiphany. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2018.
  • Israel, the United States, and Violent Origin Stories, and “Marriage and Metaphor in the Book of Ruth” in Point of View Biblical Reader. Mark Roncace, ed. Highpoint NC: Point of View, September, 2018.
  • “Until the Present Day.” In Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization. Steve Heinrichs, ed. Mennonite Church Canada, 2018.
  • “The Myth of the Emptied Land: Biblical Conquest and American Nationalism.” Word and World 37.3 (2017)
  • “A Prophet unlike Moses: Balaam as Prophetic Intercessor.” In Distinctions with a Difference: Essays on Myth, History, and Scripture in Honor of John N. Oswalt. Bill T. Arnold and Lawson G. Stone, eds. Wilmore, KY: First Fruits, 2017.
  • Indigenous Helpers and Renegade Invaders: Ambivalent Characters in Biblical and Cinematic Conquest Narratives, Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 20: Iss. 3, Article 24, 2016.
  • “Genocide: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.” Dictionary of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 10. Berlin: Walter deGruyter, 2015.
  • “From Good: ‘The Only Good Indian Is a Dead Indian’ to Better: ‘Kill the Indian and Save the Man’ to Best: ‘Old Things Pass Away and All Things Become White!’ An American Hermeneutic of Colonization.” With Richard Twiss. In Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations, 2014.
  • “Indigenous Helpers and Invader Homelands.” In Joshua and Judges. Texts@Contexts. Athalya Brenner and Gale Yee, eds. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.
  • “Dark Matter: A Review and Reflection on the Morally-Problematic Aspects of Scripture.” Ashland Theological Journal 45 (2013).
  • “Response to Eric Seibert.” Conversations with the Biblical World 33 (2013). “The Truth about Conquest: Joshua as History, Narrative, and Scripture.” Interpretation 66 (2012).
  • “Conquest,” “Joshua,” and “Judges.” In Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Joel B. Green, ed. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • “Christianizing Joshua: Making Sense of the Bible’s Book of Conquest.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 5 (2011).
  • Cast Out and Cast Off: Hagar, Leah, and the God Who Sees. Priscilla Papers 25 (2011).
  • “Avatar in Three Dimensions.” Ashland Theological Journal 42 (2011).
  • “Saul’s Altar.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly (2010): 678-87.
  • “Joshua, Book of.” Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Daniel Patte, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • “The God Who Sees.” Ashland Theological Journal 41 (2009).
  • “Conquest Reconfigured: Recasting Warfare in the Redaction of Joshua.” In Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts. SBLSS 42. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.
  • “The God of the Conquest: The Theological Problem of the Book of Joshua.” The Bible Today 46 (2008).
  • “Levitical Cities.” New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Vol. 3. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008. “Dan, Danites; “Ephraim, Ephraimites.” New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Vol. 2. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007.
  • “Postmodernism: A Review Article.” Ashland Theological Journal 39 (2007). “Achor;” “Achsah;” “Allotment (of Land);” “Asher, Asherites;” “Benjamin, Benjaminites;” “Cities of Refuge;” and additional short articles. The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Vol 1. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006.
  • “Joshua, Book of.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Bill T. Arnold and Hugh Williamson, eds. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005.
  • “Violent Grace: Tragedy and Transformation in the Oresteia and the Deuteronomistic History.” JSOT 28 (2003).
  • “Literary/Narrative Criticism,” “Joshua,” and “Altar.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker, eds. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2002.
  • “Building an Old Testament Library: 1 Samuel – Job.” Catalyst 21 (2002). “Fixing Boundaries: The Construction of Identity in Joshua.” Ashland Theological Journal 32 (2001).
  • “The Problem with Pagans.” In Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book. Timothy K. Beal and David M. Gunn eds. London: Routledge, 1997.
  • “Saul as Sacrifice: The Tragedy of Israel’s First Monarch.” Bible Review 12 (1996).
  • “Building an Old Testament Library: Genesis-Ruth.” Catalyst 21 (1994).
  • “Strange Houseguests: Rahab, Lot, and the Dynamics of Deliverance.” in Reading Between Texts. Danna Nolan Fewell, ed. Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1992.


  • Consulting Translator. Joshua. Common English Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2011.
  • Introduction and Notes. Joshua. Wesley Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2009.