David Bosworth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Hebrew narrative and poetry, and violence and grief in the Old Testament, King David (especially in 1–2 Samuel)
David Bosworth earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies specializing in Old Testament at the Catholic University of America in 2003. He taught at Mount St. Mary’s College and Seminary and at Barry University before joining the Catholic University faculty in 2008. He earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies through the Great Books program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. He is a native of the Washington, DC area and is married with one son.
Current Research Project
The Motif of Weeping in Ancient Literatures
Dr. Bosworth is currently engaged in a research project involving the motif of weeping in biblical Hebrew, ancient Greek, Ugaritic, and Akkadian literatures. His work correlates modern scientific research on weeping with its deployment as a literary motif in ancient texts. Tears are powerful nonverbal signs that elicit strong reactions in those who see them. Writers verbalize this nonverbal behavior in order to deploy within their texts the power that weeping has in real life.