Dr. David L. Adams

Rev. Dr. David L. Adams

  • Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology, Exegetical Theology
  • Coordinator of International Seminary Exchange Programs, Ministerial Formation
Phone314-505-7144

Dr. David L. Adams is an associate professor of Exegetical Theology and coordinator of the International Seminary Exchange Programs at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

A faculty member since 2000, his areas of interest and expertise include biblical theology, ancient Near Eastern culture and religion, biblical archaeology and government activity as it relates to religion.

As former director of the Concordia Center for Archaeology, Adams was engaged for several years as a member of the excavation staff at Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel. This area is associated with the place of the battle between David and Goliath.

Before coming to Concordia Seminary, Adams served as executive director of the Office of Government Information for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Washington, D.C. There he helped monitor legislative, judicial and executive branch activity that could have affected the ministry of the church.

A recipient of the Tyndale Fellowship, Adams holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in Cambridge, England (1985). He earned a Master of Divinity (1981) and Master of Sacred Theology (1982) from Concordia Seminary. Adams received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1977), and is a graduate of St. Paul’s College in Concordia, Mo. (1975).

Adams is the co-editor of The Anonymous God (Concordia Publishing, 2005), a volume of essays on the subject of civil religion and American society. He has prepared study notes and materials on the Psalms and wisdom literature for the forthcoming ESV Archaeology Bible (Crossways, anticipated 2017).

He is currently working on a book on the theology of the presence of God in the Bible.

Adams was assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he taught Hebrew, philosophy, biblical studies and was director of the Pre-Seminary Education Program. He previously served as manager of Microcomputer Services for the LCMS Office of Information Systems. He also has served in the parish ministry as pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Caseyville, Ill., and as vacancy pastor of a number of congregations through the years.

His hobbies include reading, playing guitar and scuba diving.

Adams and his wife, Lisa, live in St. Louis.

Interests:

Biblical archaeology
Government activity in relation to religion

Education

1985
Ph D Cambridge University Cambridge, England Deus Praesens: The Divine Presence in the Patriarchal Narratives
1982
STM Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri Deus Absens: The Absence of God as a Judgement Motif in the Old Testament
1981
MDIV Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri
1977
BA Concordia Senior College Fort Wayne, Indiana
1975
AA St. Paul's College Concordia, Missouri