Stephen B. Chapman

Stephen B. Chapman

Associate Professor of Old Testament

External address: 
051 Langford, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0967
(919) 660-3408

A proponent of theological interpretation of the Bible, Professor Chapman has studied, lectured, and taught internationally in a variety of academic and church settings. His work focuses on the formation of the biblical canon, the nature of the Old Testament as scripture, the dynamics of biblical narrative, the challenge of biblical violence, and the history and use of the Old Testament within the Christian tradition and Western culture. He is the author of 1 Samuel as Christian Scripture (Eerdmans, 2016) and The Law and the Prophets (Mohr Siebeck, 2000; paperback edition 2009). He coedited The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (CUP, 2016) and Biblischer Text und theologische Theoriebildung (2001). He is an affiliate faculty member with Duke's Center for Jewish Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for Duke's PhD program in religion. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and the monograph series Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures (Eisenbrauns). He is also an ordained American Baptist minister. His current project is titled The Theology of the Book of Joshua, under contract with Cambridge University Press.


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1998
  • M.Phil., Yale University 1994
  • M.Div., Yale University 1990
  • B.A., Yale University 1984

Chapman, S. B. “Imperial Exegesis: When Caesar Interprets Scripture.” In Anxious About Empire:  Theological Essays on the New Global Realitie, edited by W. Avram, 91–102. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2004.

Chapman, S. B. “How the Biblical Canon Began: Working Models and Open Questions.” In Homer, the Bible, and Beyond: Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World, edited by M. FInkleberg and G. G. Stroumsa, 29–51. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2003.

Chapman, S. B. “"The law and the words" as a canonical formula within the Old Testament.” In Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity, 26–74. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.


Chapman, S. B. “The Old Testament canon and its authority for the Christian church.” Ex Auditu 19 (January 1, 2003): 125–48.

Chapman, S. B. “A brazen faith.” Ex Auditu 16 (January 1, 2000): 187–91.

Chapman, S. B. “Response to Knierim.” Ex Auditu 16 (January 1, 2000): 77–80.