Philip King (historian)

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Philip J. King (born March 26, 1925)[1] is an American priest, historian, and archaeologist.

He graduated in 1945 from St. John Seminary College in Boston, and earned higher degrees in 1954 from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1957 from Pontifical Biblical Institute and 1959 from Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He held a professorship in biblical studies in the Department of Theology at Boston College from 1974 until his retirement in 2001.

In 2006, the foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy established the Philip J. King Professorship at Harvard University, to support a scholar who will use an interdisciplinary approach to advance the understanding of ancient civilizations in the Near East and the Mediterranean. King lives in Boston.[2]


  • The Bible is for Living: A Scholar's Spiritual Journey
  • Amos, Hosea, Micah: An Archaeological Commentary
  • Jeremiah: An Archaeological Companion
  • With Lawrence Stager:
    • Life in Biblical Israel (in Library of Ancient Israel series)


  1. ^ "Who's who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology". Biblical Archaeology Society. 10 August 1993. Retrieved 10 August 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Biblical Archaeology Review, "The Philip J. King Professorship"". Retrieved 10 August 2017.