Samuel L. Adams

Associate Professor of Old Testament

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Phone: 804.278.4284

Location: Richmond

Department: Bible


Yale University, Ph.D.

University of Chicago Divinity School, M.Div.

Davidson College, B.A.

Adams’s interests include the Wisdom literature of the Bible and beyond, wealth and poverty in the biblical world, apocalypticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptology, biblical theology, and the Bible and film. He recently published the monograph, Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (Westminster John Knox, 2014). His first book, Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions (Brill, 2008), addresses ancient conceptions of retribution and the possibility of an afterlife. Current book projects include a commentary on the Jewish sage Ben Sira (Anchor Yale Bible) and editing a comprehensive introduction to wisdom literature. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Adams has served churches in New Haven, CT, Chicago, IL, and in Richmond, VA. He is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post (

Books, Publications & Workshops

Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)

Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) (Brill, 2008)

Faculty Speaking Engagements and Events

Conference Speaker "Education in the Ancient Near East and the Emergence of Hellenistic Jewish Paideia"

June 30 to July 4, Enoch Seminar
University of Naples, Italy

"Wealth and Poverty in the Bible and Today"

October 19-21, Continuing Education Event at the Leadership Institute: Union Presbyterian Seminary
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA

Guest Speaker, "How the Bible Became a Book"

January 10 & 17
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ivy, VA

Guest Speaker "Faithful (and Unfaithful) Communication in the Bible and in the Age of Social Media"

Winter Pastors School, February 2 to 4
Stetson University, Deland, Florida

Guest Speaker "How the Dead Sea Scrolls Inform Our Understanding of Jesus"

April 3, 10, and 17
First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA

Speaker, "The Nature of Wisdom and Apocalyptic Literature"

International Society of Biblical Literature
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Curriculum Vitae