Robert R. Wilson

Hoober Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Old Testament

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Denomination: Disciples of Christ

A former chair of the Yale University Department of Religious Studies, Professor Wilson’s areas of academic interest include Israelite prophecy, the Deuteronomistic history, and ancient Israelite religion in its social and cultural context. His books include Genealogy and History in the Biblical World, Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel (which has been translated into Korean and Portuguese), Sociological Approaches to the Old Testament (which has been translated into Japanese), and Canon, Theology and Old Testament Interpretation (edited with Gene M. Tucker and David L. Petersen). His scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, among others, and he has been a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Religion, the Harper Collins Study Bible, and the Anchor Bible Dictionary. He has been actively involved in the Society of Biblical Literature, serving as chair of the Social Roles of Prophecy in Israel Group, and as the Old Testament editor of the Society of Biblical Literature dissertation series.  Professor Wilson is a fellow of Morse College.


"Different readers [of the Old Testament] will see slightly different things in the same text. However, each of these divergent readings can be considered valid so long as it is an informed reading that is aware of the conventions being employed by both the reader and the author. The hallmark of a valid reading is that it can be recognized as valid by other informed readers of the same text."


A.B., Transylvania University
B.D., Yale University Divinity School
M.A., Ph.D Yale University


  1. Canon, Theology and Old Testament Interpretation, co-ed. (Fortress Press, 1988)
  2. Sociological Approaches to the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1984)
  3. Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel (Fortress Press, 1980)
  4. Genealogy and History in the Biblical World (Yale University Press, 1977)


Old Testament Interpretation
Prophecy in a Time of Crisis
Old Testament Seminar (recent topics: The Book of Ezekiel, The Book of Isaiah; The Book of Jeremiah; The Book of Kings; Deuteronomy; Problems in the History of Israelite Religion)
History and Methods of Old Testament Interpretation


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