McCormick Names Dr. Steed Davidson Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible


McCormick Theological Seminary announces the appointment of Dr. Steed Vernyl Davidson as Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible. He will join the McCormick faculty in July of 2015.

Currently, Dr. Davidson teaches at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, as an associate professor of Old Testament. Davidson is an ordained clergyperson within the United Methodist Church.

McCormick President Frank Yamada said, “Dr. Davidson brings the kind of scholarly expertise, passion for the church, and excellence in the classroom that makes him a perfect fit for McCormick Seminary.”

Davidson is the author of Empire and Exile: Postcolonial Readings of Selected Texts of the Book of Jeremiah and a co-editor of the forthcoming book, Islands, Islanders and the Bible: RumiNations. He has authored various essays that explore the Hebrew Bible from postcolonial and gendered perspectives. He has given presentations at 30 conferences and academic societies, including the Hein-Fry Lecture Series in Tacoma, Washington, as well as the Sarah Ann Gill Memorial Lecture in Barbados.

Davidson, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He received a S.T.M. from Boston University, a M.A. from the University of the West Indies, a Diploma of Ministerial Studies from the United Theological College of the West Indies, and a B.A. from the University of the West Indies.

The Dean of Faculty Dr. Ted Hiebert stated, “Dr. Davidson has done great work in engaging the ancient cultures in which the Bible was born as well as our own social locations in which the Bible is read and interpreted.  He’s especially attentive to the way power influences both the writing and reading of biblical texts, and he’ll help us all be more authentic and creative Bible interpreters for the future church.”   

A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Davidson is on the steering committee of the Israelite Prophetic Literature Section as well as the Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies Section. He serves on the editorial board of Black Theology: An International Journal.

About McCormick:

McCormick is one of 12 schools related to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The seminary, located among the Hyde Park cluster of theological schools, including the University of Chicago, is affiliated with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). As one of the nation’s most respected seminaries, McCormick prepares women and men from all denominations and backgrounds for Christian ministry and service, advancing a model of education that is cross-cultural, urban, Reformed and ecumenical.