Dr. Tyson joined D’Youville College as an Assistant Professor in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor in the Fall of 2017. Prior to coming to DYC, he taught at the University of Mississippi in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient History at the University of Michigan in the spring of 2011. He has taught courses on the Bible, World Religions, Greek Classics, Biblical Greek and Hebrew, and has participated in archaeological excavations in Israel and Jordan. He is part of the Balu’a Regional Archaeological Project (BRAP) team, and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Schools of Oriental Research.


  • 2011 Ph.D., Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israelite History, University of Michigan
  • 2006 A.M., Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
  • 2005 Archaeological Field School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2004 M.A., Old Testament Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • 2004 M.Div., Biblical Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • 1998 B.A., Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Grove City College

Selected Publications


  • Ancient Ammon from the Late Bronze Age to the Persian Period (1550–332 BCE). Archaeological and Biblical Studies Series. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature (under contract).
  • Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Edited with Virginia Rimmer Herrmann. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado (in press).
  • The Ammonites: Elites, Empires, and Sociopolitical Change (1000–500 BCE). Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 585. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014.


  • “A Basalt Volute Capital Fragment from Khirbat al-Balu‘a, Jordan.” With Friedbert Ninow. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins. Forthcoming.
  • “The Religion of the Ammonites: A Specimen of Levantine Religion from the Iron Age II (ca. 1000–500 BCE).” Religions 10 (2019): Article 153. doi:10.3390/rel10030153
  • “Empire and the Religious Iconography of Ancient Jordan: The Case of the Moon God.” Conversations with the Biblical World 35 (2015): 366–389.
  • “Josephus, Antiquities 10.180–182, Jeremiah, and Nebuchadnezzar.” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 13 (2013): Article 7. DOI: 10.5508/jhs.2013.v13.a7
  • “Who’s In? Who’s Out? II Sam 5,8b and Narrative Reversal.” Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 122 (2010): 546–557.

Current Courses

  • RS 101 Introduction to the Bible
  • RS 102 Belief and Unbelief in the Brave New World
  • RS 201 Religion and Social Responsibility
  • RS 202 Life of Christ
  • RS 209 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • RS 412 The Holocaust