Boyd V. Seevers, Ph.D.

J. Edwin Hartill Endowed Professor (2016-17)
Professor of Old Testament Studies

Ph.D., Trinity International University

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary

Graduate study, Jerusalem University College

B.A., Wheaton College

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall 3116

651-628-3315

Boyd Seevers has been teaching Old Testament at University of Northwestern since 2000. Prior to Northwestern, he lived in Israel for eight years with his wife, Karen, and their four children. Since coming to Northwestern, he has led numerous trips back to Israel for study, teaching during sabbatical, archaeological excavation, and filming for distance education courses. He is an expert on ancient warfare and has participated in numerous archaeological excavations in Israel. He has published in the fields of biblical geography and history, ancient warfare, linguistics, archaeology, and the Christian life.

He has served on the Board of Directors for Jerusalem University College, Jerusalem, Israel from 2011–15. Seevers also enjoys competing in marathons and Ironman triathlons. In 2006 and 2012 he was Northwestern's Teacher of the Year and in 2005 he was placed on the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" list.

Seevers served a two-year term as J. Edwin Hartill Endowed Professor in the department of Biblical & Theological Studies. As Endowed Professor, his scholarly focus was on archaeological work at Khirbet el-Maqatir (possibly the site of Ai of Joshua 7–8) in Israel. He and UNW students sought to confirm the historical accuracy of the book of Joshua through excavation and publication. Learn more about the 3,000-year-old storage jar they uncovered as well as the exhibit of artifacts from the site on display at UNW during 2019. The archaeological work has now shifted to ancient Shiloh where the Tabernacle stood and Eli and Samuel ministered. Seevers continues to work with UNW students in digging and publishing the finds. For information on how you can participate, see digshiloh.org.

Specialty areas

  • Israel—ancient and modern
  • History—Old Testament and intertestamental
  • Hebrew—biblical and modern
  • Archaeology
  • Books of the Bible—Daniel, Genesis
  • Land of Israel
  • Biblical customs

Professional accomplishments

Publications

Books

Chapters and Articles

  • “Late Hellenistic/Early Roman Militaria from Kh. el-Maqatir.” Chapter in Khirbet el-Maqatir II: Late Hellenistic/Early Roman and Byzantine Remains. Edited by Scott Stripling. Eisenbrauns, forthcoming. Co-authored with Katherine A. Streckert.
  • “A Unique Early Roman Inkwell from Shiloh” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, forthcoming. Co-authored with Katherine A. Streckert.
  • “Fortification Tower and Militaria from the Late Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods at Khirbet el-Maqatir.” In the Highland’s Depth: Journal for the Study of Archaeology and History of the Highland’s Region. Aharon Tavger and Zohar Amar, eds., forthcoming. Co-authored with Mark A. Hassler and Katherine A. Streckert.
  • “Slinging in the Biblical World: And What We Can Learn about David Defeating Goliath.” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 63 (2018): 1-12. Co-authored with UNW student Victoria Dennis.
  • “Iron Age I Israelite Looms: An Archaeological and Experiential Study.” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 63 (2018): 19-25. Co-authored with UNW student Arianna Winslow.
  • “Iron Age I Remains at Khirbet el-Maqatir: A Preliminary Report.” In the Highland’s Depth: Journal for the Study of Archaeology and History of the Highland’s Region. Aharon Tavger and Zohar Amar, eds., 8 (2018): 11-25.
  • “Old Testament Fortifications” in the CSB Baker Illustrated Study Bible. Baker Publishing Group. Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming.
  • “Military Organization in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Steven McKenzie, et al, eds. Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming.
  • “A Scarab of Psamtik I from Khirbet el-Maqatir.” Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 149, 3 (2017), 186-200. With Baruch Brandl, Brian Peterson, and Scott Stripling.

  • “An Iron Age II Horse’s Head from Ras et-Tahune.” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 62 (2017): 30-35.

  • “A Judean Pillar Figurine from the Surface of Tell el-Ful” in final report of recent excavations at Tell el-Ful, Shimon Gibson, ed., forthcoming. With Abigail Leavitt.

  • Commentary on book of Judges for The Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, eds. Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming.

  • “A Headless Judean Pillar Figurine from Tell el-Ful.” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 61 (2016): 37-41. With Abigail Leavitt.
  • Commentary for book of Joshua in The Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, eds. Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming.
  • “A Judean Pillar Figurine from the Surface of Tel el-Ful” in Recent Excavations at Tel el-Ful: Final Report, Shimon Gibson, ed, forthcoming. With Abigail Leavitt.
  • “Warfare in the Old Testament” in The Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, eds. Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming.
  • “Gideon” for Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict. Demy, Timothy J. and Jeff Shaw, eds. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
  • “Lachish, Battle of” for Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict. Demy, Timothy J. and Jeff Shaw, eds. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
  • “Neo-Assyrian Warfare” for Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict. Demy, Timothy J. and Jeff Shaw, eds. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
  • “Philistines” for Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict. Demy, Timothy J. and Jeff Shaw, eds. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
  • Study notes and introduction for Isaiah in ESV Archaeology Bible. Currid, John and David Chapman, eds. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018.
  • Study notes and introduction for Jeremiah in ESV Archaeology Bible. Currid, John and David Chapman, eds. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018.
  • Study notes and introduction for Lamentations in ESV Archaeology Bible. Currid, John and David Chapman, eds. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018.
  • Study notes and introduction for Ezekiel in ESV Archaeology Bible. Currid, John and David Chapman, eds. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018.
  • Study notes and introduction for Daniel in ESV Archaeology Bible. Currid, John and David Chapman, eds. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018.
  • Co-authored with Abigail Leavitt. “A Headless Judean Pillar Figurine from Tell el-Ful.” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 61 (2016): 37-41.
  • Co-authored with Rachel Korhonen. "Seals in Ancient Israel and the Near East: Their Manufacture, Use, and Apparent Paradox of Pagan Symbolism." Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 61 (2016): 1-17.
  • "Oaths & Vows" in Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity, Edwin M Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson, eds. Peabody, Mass.: Henderickson, 2016.
  • 128 Articles for Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, ed. Tremper Longman III. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.
  • "Joshua" in What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About, Jason S. DeRouchie, ed. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013.
  • "Daniel" in What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About, Jason S. DeRouchie, ed. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013.
  • Co-authored with Joanna Klein. "Left-Handed Sons of Right-Handers." Biblical Archaeological Review 39:3 (May/June 2013): 26, 69-70.
  • Co-authored with Joanna Klein. "Genetics and the Bible: The Curious Case of the Left-Handed Benjamites." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. 64:3 (Sep. 2012): 190-91.
  • "David" in Lexham Bible Dictionary, John D. Barry, ed. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012.
  • "Old Testament Fortifications," Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, eds. Danny Hays, Scott Duvall. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011.
  • "How Big was Israel's Army?: Dealing with Large Numbers in the Bible." Artifax. Summer 2011: 18–19.
  • "Remembrance" in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings, eds. Tremper Longman III and Peter Enns, 643-47. Downer's Grove: InterVarsity, 2008.
  • "Bethsaida and Other Fortified Cities in Northern Israel during Iron Age II." Artifax. Autumn 2008: 20–27.
  • "Select Biblical Customs in Light of the Cultural Practices of the Rwala Bedouin Tribe." Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin. 52 (2007): 17–33.
  • Six articles in New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis. Willem A. VanGemeren, gen. ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997.

Papers and Presentations

  • "Ancient Slinging: How David Defeated Goliath." Lecture with UNW student Victoria Dennis to staff and volunteers for Associates for Biblical Research excavating at Shiloh, in Jerusalem, Israel, June 2019.
  • “Slinging in the Biblical World: And How it Illuminates David’s Defeat of Goliath.” Northwestern Scholarship Symposium, May 2019.
  • “Slinging in the Biblical World: Methods, Capabilities, Ammunition.” Presented with UNW student Victoria Dennis at Near East Archaeological Society annual meeting, Denver, Nov. 2018.
  • “Slinging in the Biblical World.” Lecture with UNW student Victoria Dennis to staff and volunteers for Associates for Biblical Research excavating at Shiloh, in Jerusalem, Israel, June 2018.
  • “Life in Iron Age I Israel.” Lecture with UNW student Victoria Dennis to staff and volunteers for Associates for Biblical Research excavating at Shiloh, in Jerusalem, Israel, June 2018.
  • “Iron Age I Remains at Khirbet el-Maqatir: A Preliminary Report.” In the Highland’s Depth conference, Modi’in, Israel, Oct. 2017.
  • “The Use and Iconography of Israelite Seals.” Presented with student co-author Rachel Korhonen at Near East Archaeological Society annual meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 2015.
  • “Ancient Israelite Seals and Their Art.” Presented with student co-author Rachel Korhonen at Northwestern Faculty Scholarship Symposium, May 2015.
  • "Warfare in the Old Testament: Story and Illustration." Presented with Josh Seevers, illustrator, at Northwestern Faculty Scholarship Symposium, May 2014.
  • "Genetics and the Bible: The Curious Case of the Left-Handed Benjamites." Presented with Joanna Klein, Ph.D. at Northwestern Faculty Scholarship Symposium, May 2013.
  • "Excavations at Bethsaida, Israel 2008." Presented with students at Northwestern Honors Scholarship Symposium, May 2009.
  • "Faith and Archaeology." Student Apologetics Training Conference." Maclaurin Institute, University of Minnesota, Feb. 2008.
  • "Four-Chamber Gates in the Ancient Near East during the Middle Bronze and Late Bronze Ages." Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference, Omaha, Nebr., Nov. 2007.
  • "Excavations at Northwestern College 2006." Presented with students at Northwestern Faculty Scholarship Symposium, May 2007.
  • "Bethsaida and Other Fortified Cities in Northern Israel during Iron Age II." Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference, Omaha, Nebr., Nov. 2006.
  • "Select Biblical Customs in Light of the Cultural Practices of the Rwala Bedouin Tribe." Near East Archaeological Society annual meeting, Valley Forge, Pa., Nov. 2005
  • "Israeli Warfare from Joshua to David." Near East Archaeological Society annual meeting, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 2003.

Awards

  • Nominated by University of Northwestern – St. Paul for U.S. Professor of the Year, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2015.
  • University of Northwestern Teacher of the Year 2005–06 and 2011–12.
  • Course on Second Temple Judaism named distance education Undergraduate Course of the Year for 2006 by ACCESS group, sponsored by Christianity Today.
  • Excellence in teaching award from Northwestern's Distance Education Department. 2006.
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2005.

Other

  • With UNW students, fully restored a 3,200 year old Iron Age I pithos (large storage jar), excavated at Khirbet el-Maqatir in June 2016 and shipped to Northwestern.
  • Supervisor of Excavation and Publication of Iron Age Materials for excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, West Bank (Israel), with the Associates for Biblical Research, 2015-present.
  • Named the J. Edwin Hartil Endowed Professor for University of Northwestern – St. Paul for calendar years 2016-2017.
  • Board of Directors, Near East Archaeological Society 2015–present.
  • Board of Directors, Jerusalem University College, Jerusalem, Israel (2011-15).
  • Guest lecturer, Bethlehem College & Seminary, Minneapolis, MN (2011-12).
  • Visiting Professor at Jerusalem University College, Jerusalem, Israel (Spring 2010).
  • Co-Director in Board of Directors, Bethsaida Excavation Project (Israel) 2006.
  • Memberships: Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and Near Eastern Archaeological Society.

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