Douglas A. Knight

Douglas A. Knight is Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He has lived, studied, taught, and lectured in several countries, including Israel, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, Japan, and Hong Kong. He is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with ancient literatures, cultures, social history, laws, politics, and religions.

Belief in Non-Belief

Raised in a Baptist family that valued diversity and social justice, educated during the 1960s period of anti-war student unrest, Vanderbilt Divinity School professor emeritus reflects on higher education, critical thinking, and belief. When faced with expansive debates and diverse lived experiences, how can one claim to be in possession of the absolute truth?

The Politics of Education in Ancient and Modern Times

Education assumes multiple forms and inhabits various contexts. Not only does it fluctuate from society to society, but even within a single society or social group its form and function can diverge widely. Such variance stems from multiple factors – the interests and powers of the state, the values and preferences of the populace, special …

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Forbidden Speech: Examples of Blasphemy from Ancient Israel

The origins of forbidden speech lie too far back in ancient history for us to know for certain what instigated it. We can speculate, though, that the domestic setting of family life served as its early, and perhaps even its original, context. Parents warned their children of physical hazards – “Don’t go there!”, “Don’t eat …

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