David DeJongAssistant Professor of Religion
David DeJong joined Hope College in 2020. He is a biblical scholar who focuses on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and its interpretation in ancient Judaism and early Christianity. In addition to courses in the Old Testament and its interpretation, he teaches "God and Humanity,” an introductory course that surveys the relationship between God and humanity in classic biblical and theological texts.
Areas of Expertise
David’s area of expertise is in Deuteronomy and related literature. In particular, he is completing a book focused on the influence of Deuteronomy’s concept of “the prophet like Moses” in the history of Israelite prophecy. Other areas of interest include the history of biblical interpretation and the role of scriptural interpretation in the development of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity.
- Ph.D., Christianity and Judaism in antiquity, University of Notre Dame, 2016
- M.A., religious studies, McMaster University, 2009
- M.Div., Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, 2007
- B.A., philosophy, McMaster University, 2003
- “The Decline of Human Longevity in the Book of Jubilees,” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 21 no.4, 2012
Outside the College
David is married to Crystal and they have twin children, Luke and Aubrey. The DeJongs love the great outdoors. On the weekends you can often find them hiking in one of Ottawa County’s beautiful parks.