Informed by the psalmist’s claim, “thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”, Dr. Davison answers her call to ministry by opening the Biblical witness to the exploration of faith. Her research and teaching of the Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament) is motivated by a commitment to the Church and the Academy. In the classroom, she combines an appreciation for the socio-historical backgrounds of the biblical texts with contemporary concerns of justice, gender, race, economics, etc. In each course, she endeavors to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide a faithful, reasoned exegesis of the biblical materials that is relevant for the 21st century.
In addition to her book, Preaching the Women of the Bible (Chalice Press, 2006), Dr. Davison wrote the “Job Commentary” for The New Interpreter’s Study Bible (Abingdon Press, 2003) and the introductory essays on the major prophets for The College Study Bible (St. Mary’s Press, 2007). She has an essay in Tabletalk (Chalice Press, 2003) and contributed entries for the Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Eerdmans, 2005). Several of her articles have appeared in DisciplesWorld magazine. Dr. Davison recently had a sermon included in Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection (Judson, 2008) and wrote for the New Proclamation Series, Year C (Fortress, 2009).
An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Davison has served churches in Texas and Kentucky, as well as a one year appointment as Campus Minister for Culver-Stockton College (Canton, MO). Prior to joining the PTS faculty in 2010, she taught for 13 years at Lexington Theological Seminary and for 1 year at Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, VA).
Dr. Davison is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Forrest-Moss Disciple Institute, and the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion. She is often invited to speak to local congregations and retreats on the topics: books in the Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament), women in the Bible, sexuality and the Bible, contemporary issues and the Bible, and Christian use and misuse of the Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament).