All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“As a young seminary student, even as I studied advanced Hebrew, I was never taught about how the ancient Hebrews saw and understood their world,” says Dr. Dean Davis, who has authored the “Through the Eyes of the Ancients” articles since 2011 for 3ABN’s World . From his curiosity, he developed a deep interest in their lives, customs, and their way of thinking. “Understanding more about how they saw their world has given the Scriptures a whole new meaning for me,” he says, “and it has opened my eyes to its rich, layered treasure,” he says. “I invite you to take another look at the Bible—this time, through the eyes of the ancients!”

Dr. R. Dean Davis

Dr. R. Dean Davis has taught Bible and theology courses since 1959, and continues teaching to this day. He began his career as a college Bible teacher while studying at the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Dr. Davis and his family spent 15 years in mission service, where he taught theology and served as president of Northeast Brazil College, in the interior of the northeastern state of Pernambuco. Later, he served in the south of the country as chairman of the theology department at Brazil College near São Paulo.

Returning to the United States in 1975, he studied for his Ph.D. in Religion from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. While writing his dissertation, he took a call to serve as a professor, and later the chairman of Atlantic Union College’s Theology Department.

In 2008 he retired to a position of Adjunct Professor of Theology until the college closed in 2011. However, he became the Religion/Theology Coordinator and returned to teaching theology in when the college reopened in 2015. Dr. Davis is married to Vera (Bock) Davis, and lives in Lancaster, Massachusetts, where they both enjoy gardening and various church activities. They have three children—Bobby Davis, of Herrin, Illinois; Dawn Nielsen, of Marietta, Georgia, and Linda Parsons, of South Lancaster, Massachusetts, and have four grandchildren.

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