|Iain William Provan|
6 May 1957|
|Title||Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College|
|Education||University of Glasgow, London Bible College|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge (PhD)|
|Thesis title||The David and bamot themes of the books of Kings|
|Doctoral advisor||Hugh G. M. Williamson|
University of Edinburgh|
King's College London
Provan holds degrees from the University of Glasgow, London Bible College (now London School of Theology), and the University of Cambridge. His PhD thesis at Cambridge was published in 1988 as Hezekiah and the Books of Kings (BZAW 172; Berlin: De Gruyter). He previously lectured at King's College London and then, after holding a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wales, at the University of Edinburgh.
Provan has written numerous academic essays, many of the earlier of which are included in his Against the Grain: Selected Essays (ed. Stacey L. Van Dyk; Vancouver: Regent Publishing, 2015). He has also published commentaries on Lamentations, 1 and 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs, as well as co-editing (with Mark Boda) Let Us Go Up To Zion (VTSup 153; Leiden: Brill, 2012), a Festschrift for his Cambridge PhD supervisor, Hugh G. M. Williamson. His other books include Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World That Never Was (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013), and Discovering Genesis: Content, Interpretation, Reception (London: SPCK, 2015). The 2003 co-authored volume A Biblical History of Israel (with Phil Long and Tremper Longman) was the winner of the 2005 Biblical Archaeology Society prize for the best popular book on archaeology; it has now appeared in a second edition (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2015). Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says, and Why It Matters (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014) won the 2016 R. B. Y. Scott Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, recognizing an outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East.
Provan has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship on three occasions, and (once) a Lilly Foundation Theological Research Grant. He was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 1993, and has been a Life Member of the college since that time. He is a member of the Society for Old Testament Study, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, and the Humboldt Association of Canada. He is also a minister of the Church of Scotland. He is married with four adult children. His hobbies include fly-fishing.
- Provan, Iain W. (1986). The David and Bamot Themes of the Books of Kings (Ph.D.). Cambridge: University of Cambridge.
- Provan, Iain W. (1988). Hezekiah and the Books of Kings: a contribution to the debate about the composition of the Deuteronomistic history. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. 172. Berlin ; New York: W. de Gruyter. ISBN 978-0-899-25461-6. OCLC 17549863.
- ——— (1991). Lamentations. New Century Bible Commentary. London ; Grand Rapids, MI: Marshall Pickering ; Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-551-02323-9. OCLC 23985616.
- ——— (1995). 1 and 2 Kings. New International Biblical Commentary, Old Testament series. Peabody, MA ; Carlisle, Cumbria: Hendrickson Publishers ; Paternoster Press. ISBN 978-1-565-63053-6. OCLC 32203288.
- ——— (1997). Ideologies, Literary and Critical: reflections on recent writing on the history of Israel. Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing. ISBN 978-1-573-83094-2. OCLC 44503490.
- ——— (2001). Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs: from biblical text ... to contemporary life. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-21372-7. OCLC 45418930.
- ———; Long, V. Philips; Longman III, Tremper (2003). A Biblical History of Israel (1st ed.). Louisville, KY: Westminster, John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-664-22090-7. OCLC 52055642.
- ——— (2008). Tenants in God's Land: earth-keeping and people-keeping in the Old Testament. Grove Ethics Series. E148. Cambridge: Grove Books. ISBN 978-1-851-74676-7. OCLC 221562488.
- ———; Boda, Mark J., eds. (2012). Let Us Go Up To Zion: essays in honour of H.G.M. Williamson on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum. 153. Leiden ; Boston: Brill. ISBN 978-9-004-21598-6. OCLC 801777561.
- ——— (2013). Convenient Myths: the axial age, dark green religion, and the world that never was. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. ISBN 978-1-602-58996-4. OCLC 826895211.
- ——— (2014). Seriously Dangerous Religion: what the Old Testament really says and why it matters. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. ISBN 978-1-481-30022-3. OCLC 854612649.
- ——— (2015). Discovering Genesis: content, interpretation, reception. London: SPCK Publishing. ISBN 978-0-281-07085-5. OCLC 923368815.
- ———; Long, V. Philips; Longman III, Tremper (2003). A Biblical History of Israel (2nd ed.). Louisville, KY: Westminster, John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-664-23913-8. OCLC 913572963.
- ——— (2012). "Pain in childbirth?: further thoughts on "an attractive fragment" (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)". In ———; Boda, Mark J. Let Us Go Up To Zion: essays in honour of H.G.M. Williamson on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum. 153. Leiden ; Boston: Brill. pp. 285–96. ISBN 978-9-004-21598-6. OCLC 801777561.