Christopher Hays joined the Fuller faculty in 2008, as occupant of the D. Wilson Moore Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies. In 2013, he was one of ten scholars around the world to receive the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Emory University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Notre Dame Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. He has participated in archaeological research in Israel and conducts study trips there.
Hays is the author of Death in the Iron Age II and in First Isaiah (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 79; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011). His next book, Hidden Riches: A Textbook for the Comparative Study of the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East will be published by Westminster John Knox in 2014. He translated the book of Isaiah for the new Common English Bible and wrote the entry on Isaiah for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible.
Hays has published articles on diverse topics in journals such as the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Biblica, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, and the Journal of Theological Interpretation. He has also contributed essays to various edited volumes.
Hays teaches courses in Old Testament and directs the master’s program in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the School of Theology. His languages include Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin.
Hays is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
- OT854/554: Israelite Religion in its Ancient Near Eastern Context
- OT883/583: History and Historiography of Ancient Israel
- OT506: Old Testament Exegesis: Isaiah 1–39
- OT506: Old Testament Exegesis: Isaiah 40–66
- LG533-534: Ugaritic I and II
- LG535-536: Akkadian I and II
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
The Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern context; ancient Near Eastern languages, history, and religion; new critical perspectives such as literary theory and postcolonialism; ways in which comparative and theological approaches to Scripture are compatible and mutually informing.