Ian Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities


Associate Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities

On sabbatical during the 2022–23 academic year


Area of Study / Keywords

Hebrew Bible History Narrative Memory Anthropology Religion


I am a scholar of religion, specializing in the Hebrew Bible and the histories and cultures of ancient Israel and the Near East. At Augustana, I teach courses on the religions of the world, theories of religion, biblical studies, the ancient Near East, and related topics. I also serve as Associate Editor for the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

My work, in research and in the classroom, has focused mainly on how communities remember and imagine themselves, and how different social memories and imaginaries interrelate with one another. My first monograph, Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah (Oxford University Press, 2017), explores these processes through the texts of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how ancient Judeans balanced and navigated various and even competing understandings of their monarchic past, with their literature. In 2018, the book won the R.B.Y. Scott Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. My research has also appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as Brill Research PerspectivesHarvard Theological Review, Vetus Testamentum, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft; and I co-edited the volume History, Memory, Hebrew Scriptures: A Festschrift for Ehud Ben Zvi (Penn State University Press / Eisenbrauns, 2015).

Recently, my research has addressed prophetic literature in particular: What can these literary artifacts tell us about historical thought in the ancient world, about how the communities responsible for this literature thought about (and with) conceptions of their past? What was the interrelationship between the literary forms of prophetic books and historical thinking in ancient Judean culture, and how has this interrelationship impacted the ongoing reading and interpretation of these texts?


Ezekiel as a Written Text: Archiving Visions, Remembering Futures

Author(s): Ian D. Wilson
Publication Date: 11/1/2020
Publication: The Oxford Handbook of Ezekiel, ed. Corrine Carvalho (Oxford University Press)
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tUAyFGnrcCLmR58GorrbftQm8vudVwY7/view?usp=sharing

History and the Hebrew Bible: Culture, Narrative, and Memory

Author(s): Ian D. Wilson
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Brill Research Perspectives in Biblical Interpretation
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-69
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZN6F1ZLSeOOjY4L9JQE10HFREjkPGakU/view?usp=sharing

Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah

Author(s): Ian D. Wilson
Publication Date: 2017
External Link: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/kingship-and-memory-in-ancient-judah-9780190499907

Yahweh's Consciousness: Isaiah 40-48 and Ancient Judean Historical Thought

Author(s): Ian D. Wilson
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Vetus Testamentum
Volume: 66
Page Numbers: 646-661
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/111Wbx3L6gnUjtdgeBQpgn8q0ptkIpT9E/view?usp=sharing

Joseph, Jehoiachin, and Cyrus: On Book Endings, Exoduses and Exiles, and Yehudite/Judean Social Remembering

Author(s): Ian D. Wilson
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Volume: 126
Page Numbers: 521-534
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10GRjxlussG5D3T0VNl4r7_Ucdc66FSNg/view?usp=sharing

Conquest and Form: Narrativity in Joshua 5-11 and Historical Discourse in Ancient Judah

Author(s): Ian D. Wilson
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Harvard Theological Review
Volume: 106
Page Numbers: 309-329
External Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16g_uBLL7rRSbHjvsvGM_xkHU04Vq55uS/view?usp=sharing