Westar Institute

Institutional Affiliation
Charter Member

Roy W. Hoover

Institutional Affiliation

Weyerhaeuser Professor of Biblical Literature and Professor of Religion Emeritus

Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington


• B.A. Pasadena College • Th.D. Harvard University


Roy W. Hoover taught courses in ancient Greek, biblical history and literature, capitalism and socialism in theological perspective, and world religions. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar since 1986, he wrote a number of the papers that served as the basis for the Seminar’s deliberations and has been a frequent participant in the Jesus Seminar on the Road Program. Roy is co-author of https://westarinstitute.org/store/the-authentic-letters-of-paul/ (with Arthur J. Dewey, Lane C. McGaughy, and Daryl D. Schmidt), 2010; and of https://westarinstitute.org/store/the-five-gospels/, (with Robert W. Funk), 1993. His published articles have appeared in Harvard Theological Review, Forum, The Fourth R, and Bible Review. In 1992, he received the Whitman College Award for Faculty Achievement. He holds a B.A. from Pasadena College and a Th.D. Harvard University.

• Whitman College’s Faculty Achievement Award, 1992

Academic Appointments

• Weyerhaeuser Professor of Biblical Literature, 1985–1999, and Professor of Religion, Whitman College, 1983–1999• Associate Professor of Religion, Whitman College, 1972–1977, 1979–1982• Acting Dean of the Faculty, Whitman College, 1978–1979• Associate Dean of the Faculty, Whitman College, 1976–1977• Assistant Professor of Religion and Religious Counselor, Whitman College, 1967–1972

Professional Service

• Presidential Search Committee, Whitman College, 1993• Citizen Ambassador Delegation of Religious Educators to Russia and Uzbekistan, October, 1992• Chair, Department of Religion, Whitman College, 1980–1985, and in rotation thereafter• Danforth Graduate Fellowship Reading Committee, 1979, 1980• Chair, Division of Humanities and Arts, Whitman College, 1972–1974