Religious Studies
in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

James Bos

James Bos

James Bos

Associate Professor of Religion

Areas: Biblical Studies, Judaism

Bryant Hall 22 | 662.915.1367 |

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Professional Background
I completed my M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2011) in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. I joined the faculty in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Mississippi in 2012.

Teaching Interests
I currently teach The Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism; The New Testament and Early Christianity; Introduction to Abrahamic Traditions; Judaism; Sex, Gender, and the Bible; and Introduction to Religion.

Research Interests
My recent research has focused on the production and transmission of the prophetic books in the Hebrew Bible, including how these books contribute to our understanding of the development of early Jewish monotheism. I am currently examining how these books may have functioned as propaganda in Persian-period Judah (5th century BCE).


Bos, James M. “The Use of Memories about Judah’s Past Leadership as Propaganda in Yehud.” In Memory and Leadership in Yehud [tentative title]. Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi and Diana Edelman. In Progress.

Bos, James M. “The ‘Literarization’ of the Biblical Prophecies of Doom.” In Tradition, Orality, and Literacy in Ancient Judah: Contextualizing the Production of Holy Writ. Edited by Brian B. Schmidt. Society of Biblical Literature. Forthcoming 2014.

Bos, James M. Reconsidering the Date and Provenance of the Book of Hosea: the Case for Persian-Period Yehud. Library of Hebrew Bible and Old Testament Studies. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Adams, Matthew J. and James M. Bos, “Area J (The 2004-2008 Seasons). Part IV: The Middle and Late Bronze Ages, Stratigraphy and Architecture.” In Megiddo V. Edited by Israel Finkelstein, et al. Pages 93-114. Tel Aviv: Institute of Archaeology, 2013.

Bos, James M. “Lahav Research Project/Tel Halif, Field Reports, 2007 Season.” Emory University, 2008.

Book Reviews

Review of Jason T. LeCureux, The Thematic Unity of the Book of the Twelve (Sheffield: Sheffield, 2012), Review of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).

Review of Christine Hayes, Introduction to the Bible (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), Review of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).

Review of Reinhard Kratz, Prophetenstudien: Kleine Schriften II (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), Journal of the American Oriental Society (forthcoming).

Review of Robert Gnuse, No Tolerance for Tyrants: The Biblical Assault on Kings and Kingship (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011), Review of Biblical Literature 03/2013.

Review of Jean-Daniel Macchi, et al., eds. Les recueils prophétiques de la Bible: Origines, milieux, et contexte proche-oriental (Geneva: Labor et Fides, 2012), Review of Biblical Literature 01/2013.

Review of Jo Ann Hackett, A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2010), Journal of the American Oriental Society 131.1 (2011) 141-3.