C. Piper Jr. Professor of Biblical Interpretation
Ordained minister in the United Church of Christ
and liberationist biblical interpretation
and biblical law
to an interview with Carolyn Pressler
the Bible in a Gendered World
Co-edited with Linda Day. Louisville: Westminster John
Knox Press, 2006
Judges, and Ruth
Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville: Westminster John
Knox Press, 2002
an Expanding Terrain: the Study of Gender and Biblical Law”
in Biblical Law, Gender, and Feminist Hermeneutic, edited by Rachel
Magdalene and Athalya Brenner. Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming.
Contributor. Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by Joel Green,
Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles, and Allen Verhey. Baker Academics, 2012. “Equality,” “Virginity,” “Incest.”
in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 3, edited
by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008, 406-413.
Reviews (from 2000)
in the Sex Texts of Leviticus and Deuteronomy: A Comparative Conceptual
Analysis,” by Deborah Ellens. Review of Biblical Literature,
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.
and Ruth,” by Victor Matthews. Interpretation, 2006.
Papers or Forthcoming Articles in Progress (from 2000)
Patrick Miller and Guenter Stemberger, Biblical Law and Ethics.
Projected completion date: 2014.
Numbers (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series). Nashville: Abingdon,
as Legal Subjects,” a paper delivered to the biblical colloquium
in October 2008.“The
‘Biblical View’ of Marriage?” in Engaging the
Bible in a Gendered World.
Ambiguity, Poetics, and the Knowledge of God in Psalm 139.”
In A God So Near, edited by Breht Strawn and Nancy Bowen.
Winona, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2002.
Topics for Presentation
my leisure time I like taking walks, driving through the
countryside, going to concerts and plays, doting on my nieces
and nephews, reading novels, and spending time with friends.
love watching students begin to recognize the Older Testament
as their story - the story of God working in and through
their spiritual ancestors: Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. The
Older Testament is the book of a particular people, Israel,
to be sure, and we stand at a great distance from that people,
but there is a dimension of human experience, especially
of the human experience of God, that is deeper than historical
or cultural circumstances and that allows the Older Testament
to speak to us in the midst of our own doubts, pain, and
questions. The word that speaks is one of hope, one of “God
with us,” one of justice and mercy and walking humbly.
Together with the Newer Testament, the Older Testament has
proved itself for millennia - and in my own life - as the
best clue to who God is, who we are, and who we are called
to be. I love watching students who come in suspicious,
indifferent, or even hostile to these ancient stories discover
their surprising relevancy.”
future ministers to use the Hebrew scriptures in the life
of the Church, especially in relationship to the Church’s
pastoral and social justice ministries, is the central focus
of my teaching. As a feminist teacher, I am concerned about
teaching methods that attend to a range of voices, male and
female, from different cultures and theological perspectives,
and about building a classroom ethos that is anti-racist,
anti-sexist, and dialogical.”
United Church of Christ of
Member, Social Justice Committee of the MN Conference of the
United Church of Christ