Award Category: Religion & Theology
Professor of Old Testament Interpretation
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Richard Davidson, J. N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, has taught at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in the Department of Old Testament since 1979. It means 32 years of dedicated service, excellent research, and masterful teaching with a pastoral heart! From 1970 to 1975, he pastored in the Arizona Conference, but his passion for biblical truth drove him to pursue a doctorate at Andrews University where he was asked, after the completion of his dissertation, to become a faculty member and researcher.
Davidson’s research record has exceeded even his exceptional teaching reputation. His book, Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament (Hendrickson, 2007), is the most comprehensive study to date on biblical sexuality. Other academic and professional books include Typology in Scripture, In the Footsteps of Joshua and A Love Song for the Sabbath.
He has contributed 36 chapters to various books, Biblical Research Institute publications, and writings on specific topics in his areas of expertise, which include typology, biblical hermeneutics, creation, sanctuary, biblical sexuality and eschatology. He has written 25 articles for refereed scholarly journals, such as Andrews University Seminary Studies, Journal of the Adventist Theological Society and Origins, and articles in professional journals like Adventist Review, Perspective Digest, Shabbat Shalom, New England Pastor, Dialogue and Ministry.
In addition to his writing projects, he has read 94 scholarly papers in a variety of venues such as the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society and the Adventist Theological Society. Additionally, between 2005 and 2010 he presented approximately 200 lectures and sermons in different seminars, Bible conferences and symposiums around the world. He has presented in countries like Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Romania, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway and Austria.