United Theological Seminary


Carolyn Pressler


Harry C. Piper Jr. Professor of Biblical Interpretation
Ordained minister in the United Church of Christ
Appointed 1990

B.A. Kalamazoo College
M.Div. Wesley Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary

Teaching and Research
Hebrew Bible
Feminist and liberationist biblical interpretation
Gender and biblical law

Engaging the Bible in a Gendered World

Co-edited with Linda Day

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2006

Joshua, Judges and Ruth

Westminster Bible Companion

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2002

Articles and Chapters
(since 2000)

Green, Joel, Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles, and Allen Verhey, eds. “Equality, “Virginity,” “Incest.” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Baker Academics, 2012.

Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob, ed. “Joshua.” The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Vol. 3. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.

“The ‘Biblical View’ of Marriage?” Engaging the Bible in a Gendered World.

“Wonderful/Difficult: Ambiguity, Poetics, and the Knowledge of God in Psalm 139.” A God So Near. Ed. Brent A. Strawn and Nancy R. Bowen. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2003.

(since 2000)

“Women in the Sex Texts of Leviticus and Deuteronomy: A Comparative Conceptual Analysis,” by Deborah L. Ellens. Review of Biblical Literature (2010).

“The Prestige of the Pagan Prophet Balaam in Judaism, Early Christianity and Islam,” edited by George H. van Kooten and Jacques van Ruiten. Biblical Interpretation (2010).

“Judges and Ruth,” by Victor Matthews. Interpretation (2006).

Academic Papers and Forthcoming Publications

“Mapping an Expanding Terrain: The Study of Gender and Biblical Law.” Biblical Law, Gender, and Feminist Hermeneutic. Ed. Rachel Magdalene and Athalya Brenner. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Phoenix Press, forthcoming.

Biblical Law and Ethics. With Patrick Miller and Guenter Stemberger, in progress.

Numbers. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries Series. Nashville: Abingdon, in progress.

“Women as Legal Subjects.” Working paper presented at The Biblical Colloquium, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2008.

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