Scott C. Jones

Scott Jones

Professor of Biblical Studies
On faculty since 2005



Curriculum Vitae  



PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2007

MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary, 2001

BA, University of Mississippi, 1999


Professional Interests

Most of my work relates to Israelite and Jewish wisdom literature, especially Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon, and sapiential texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls. I have a particular affection for the Gilgamesh Epic, which Rainer Maria Rilke called “the most magic word of all time.”
I have begun to focus more of my research on the Psalms, and I am currently writing a commentary on Psalms 1-41 for the Illuminations commentary series, for which I also serve as the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament editor. In 2014, I was an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, where I worked on a project entitled “The Role of the Wisdom Psalms in the Theology of the First Davidic Psalter” under the supervision of Hermann Spieckermann.


Personal Interests

I enjoy family vacations, playing with my dog, exercising, playing guitar, and watching mysteries and American football.


Professional Membership

  • Society of Biblical Literature


Covenant Activities

I regularly teach the following courses at Covenant College:

  • BIB 111: Old Testament Introduction
  • BIB 201: Current Issues in Biblical Studies
  • BIB 327: Psalms
  • BIB 397: The Old Testament World
  • BIB 475: Wisdom Literature
  • GRE 175-176 Elementary Greek I-II
  • HEB 191-192: Elementary Hebrew I-II


Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Psalm 1 and the Hermeneutics of Torah,” Biblica (forthcoming)
  • “Job the Nazi Warrior,” Marginalia Review of Books (2015): online. This is an introduction, edited text, and translation of Kurt Eggers’ Das Spiel von Job dem Deutschen. Ein Mysterium (Berlin-Südende: Volkschaft Verlag für Buch-Bühne und Film, 1933).
  • “Solomon’s Table Talk: Martin Luther on the Authorship of Ecclesiastes,” Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 28 (2014): 81-90.
  • “The Values and Limits of Qohelet’s Sub-Celestial Economy,” Vetus Testamentum 64 (2014): 21-33.
  • "Corporeal Discourse in the Book of Job," Journal of Biblical Literature, 132 (2013): 845-863.
  • “Job 28 and Modern Theories of Knowledge,” Theology Today 69 (2013): 486-496.
  • "Lions, Serpents, and Lion-Serpents in Job 28:8 and Beyond," Journal of Biblical Literature 130 (2011): 663-686.
  • Rumors of Wisdom: Job 28 as Poetry. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 398. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009.
  • "Qohelet's Courtly Wisdom: Ecclesiastes 8:1-9," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68 (2006): 211-28.
  • "Wisdom's Pedagogy: A Comparison of Proverbs vii and 4Q184," Vetus Testamentum 53 (2003): 65-80.


Beatrice Brackin

Beatrice Brackin '16 reflects on how her faith has been shaped and strengthened through the academic rigor of her major and by the caring faculty of the Biblical & Theological Studies department.

Kateland Godat

"Missions Methods and Problems. It was the first time I had ever taken a class on missionary life. It really taught me a lot about missions and how it’s not this fairytale adventure that people expect it to be. People expect missionaries to be perfect people with perfect adventurous lives, but sometimes you’re just a regular fallen person doing the average daily activities, and that’s okay."
 - Kateland Godat '19

"Old Testament Introduction with Dr. Scott Jones. Dr. Jones is the man. He has a brilliant way of making Biblical scholarship come to life. In the class, Dr. Jones gives you a peek into the world of the Ancient Near East. Building historical context around the Old Testament was illuminating. Every class blew my mind. I would immediately pull out my phone to text my parents or friends something crazy I had learned."
 - Brad Assaraf '19

Andrew Fultz

"Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic. More distinctly than anything or anyone else at Covenant, Kapic has helped me understand what it means to intentionally pursue faithful living in every area of my life. This began in Doctrine I, but has also continued in his other classes like Doctrine II, Christology, and Christian Spirituality. One of the first concepts we wrestled with in Doctrine I discussed the dynamics of how not only does our theology inform our lives as acts of worship, but simultaneously our lives inform our theology. You’ll have to take a class with him to really begin to unpack what that means, but Kapic has really helped me grasp the significance of this idea and how to live in response to it."
 - Andrew Fultz '18
Dr. Scott Jones, professor of biblical studies, and John Holberg, director of library services, discuss the research processes students learn in the Current Issues in Biblical Studies course at Covenant College.