Prof John Day



MA PhD Camb, MA DD DPhil Oxf




Emeritus Fellow

Prof Day was LMH Tutor in Theology from 1980 to 2013 and Dean of Degrees from 1985 to 2013.

He was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship in 2013.

Research interests:

Prof Day’s research centres on the study of the Old Testament in its many aspects: its religion, literature, history, theology, languages, archaeology and ancient Near Eastern background, and the history of its interpretation.

Selected publications:

Prof Day has authored or edited 16 books as well as writing almost 70 articles and nearly 200 book reviews.

His most important books include:

  • God’s Conflict with the Dragon and the Sea: Echoes of a Canaanite Myth in the Old Testament (1985)

  • Molech: A God of Human Sacrifice in the Old Testament (1989)

  • Psalms (1990)

  • (joint ed.) Wisdom in Ancient Israel (1995)

  • (ed.) William Robertson Smith’s Lectures on the Religion of the Semites (2nd and 3rd series) (1995)

  • (ed.) King and Messiah in Israel and the Ancient Near East (1998)

  • Yahweh and the Gods and Goddesses of Canaan (2000)

  • (ed.) In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel (2004)

  • (ed.) Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel (2005)

  • (ed.) Prophecy and the Prophets in Ancient Israel (2010)

  • The Recovery of the Ancient Hebrew Language: The Lexicographical Writings of D. Winton Thomas (2013)

  • From Creation to Babel: Studies in Genesis 1-11 (2013)

His recent articles include:

  • ‘The Flood and the Ten Antediluvian Figures in Berossus and in the Priestly Source in Genesis’, in On Stone and Scroll: Essays in Honour of Graham Ivor Davies, 2011, JK Aitken, KJ Dell and BA Mastin (eds.), BZAW 420; Berlin, W de Gruyter, pp.211-23

  • ‘Where was Tarshish?’, in Let us go up to Zion: Essays in Honour of HGM Williamson on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday, 2012, I Provan and MJ Boda (eds.), VTSup. 153; Leiden, Brill, pp.359-69

  • ‘Psalm 104 and Akhenaten's Hymn to the Sun’, in S.E. Gillingham (ed.), Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms (2013), pp. 211-28.

Prof Day was also editor of the Society for Old Testament Book List (2007-2009), which contains over 400 book reviews each year.

His forthcoming books include the ICC Commentary on Genesis 1-11.