Dr. Harold C. Washington

Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible

Curriculum Vitae


MDiv, PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
AB, College of William and Mary

The Hebrew wisdom literature is a rich resource for educating leaders in the church, not only for its practical advice, of which there is plenty in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, but also for its teaching of critical thinking integrated with piety and ethical living.


Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)

Discipline or Specialty

Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Wisdom Literature
Gender Critical Studies
History and Ethics of Biblical Interpretation

Representative Courses Taught

Biblical Hebrew
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Recent Publications

"Proverbs," Common English Bible, co-translator with lead translator Tremper Longman (Nashville: Common English Bible, forthcoming, 2011).

"Wisdom Literature," in New Interpreter's Bible One-Volume Commentary, Beverly Gaventa and David Peterson, eds. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010), pp. 961-963.

"Proverbs," in A Theological Bible Commentary, Gail R. O'Day and David L. Petersen, eds. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

"Fear," in The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 2: D-H, Katharine D. Sakenfeld, editor (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007).

"Cry Out, To," in The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 1: A-C, Katharine D. Sakenfeld, editor (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006).

Introduction and Annotations for Proverbs and Sirach, in New Oxford Annotated Bible NRSV, 3rd edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

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