Scott C. Jones
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
On faculty since 2005
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2007
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 2001
B.A., University of Mississippi, 1999
I am interested in Hebrew poetry, ancient Near Eastern thought, and the reception history of the Bible. Most of my work relates to Israelite and ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature. I am currently working on two major projects: the first is an introduction to Israelite Wisdom Literature, and the second is 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.”
I enjoy family vacations, rock climbing, disc golf, hiking, and watching football (American).
- Society of Biblical Literature
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
- “Solomon’s Table Talk: Martin Luther on the Authorship of Ecclesiastes,” Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 28 (2014): forthcoming.
- “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. Edited by John Barton et al. Berlin and New York: 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.
Fall 2014 Courses
BIB111 Old Testament Introduction
HEB191 Elementary Hebrew I