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The Wisdom Commentary series is the first scholarly collaboration to offer detailed feminist interpretation of every book of the Bible. The fifty-eight volume collection makes the best of current feminist biblical scholarship available in an accessible format to aid preachers and teachers in their advancement toward God’s vision of dignity, equality, and justice for all.  Our aim is to publish six volumes per year.  The available volumes are listed below.

 
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Wisdom Commentary: Leviticus


S. Tamar Kamionkowski

The book of Leviticus provides two different theologies related to God's presence within ancient Israel. Leviticus 1-16 was written by an elite caste of priests (P), and Leviticus 17-26 (H) was added ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Proverbs


Alice Ogden Bellis

In this volume, Alice Ogden Bellis considers the book of Proverbs as a structural whole, the sages having designed it in such a way as to make positive statements about women and to undercut the negat ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Judges


Mercedes L. García Bachmann

A woman called blessed for killing a Canaanite general; another called "Mother in Israel" for leading troops into war; several other mothers absent when their children need them; a judge, Deborah, wit ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Ephesians


Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Ephesians is a "mystery" text that seeks to make known the multifarious Wisdom of G*d. At its heart is the question of power. In this commentary, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza examines the political un ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah


Wilda C. M. Gafney

This volume offers a womanist and feminist analysis of the books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, attending to translation and textual issues, use of power and agency, and constructions of gender an ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Ruth


Alice L. Laffey, Mahri Leonard-Fleckman

This volume, using multiple methods, seeks to bring together the best scholarship and insight-Jewish and Christian, past and present-that has contributed to our understanding and appreciation of the b ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Lamentations


Gina Hens-Piazza

Though the five poems of Lamentations undoubtedly refer to the Babylonian siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BCE, the multiple voices that narrate unspeakable suffering and labor to make sense ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Philippians, Colossians, Philemon


Elsa Tamez, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Claire Miller Columbo, Alicia J. Batten

Philippians lends itself to a political-ideological reading. To take into account that the document is a writing from prison, and to read it from a political-religious and feminist perspective using n ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Song of Songs


F. Scott Spencer

Arguably the biggest blockbuster love song ever composed, the Song of Songs holds a unique place in Jewish and Christian canons as the "holiest" book, in the minds of some readers, and the sexiest in ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Psalms, Books 2-3


Denise Dombkowski Hopkins

Many readers are convinced that the Psalms are hopelessly "masculine," especially given that seventy-three of the 150 psalms begin with headings linking them to King David. In this volume, Denise Domb ...

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Wisdom Commentary: 1-2 Timothy, Titus


Annette Bourland Huizenga

The author of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus argues in favor of a "traditional" Greco-Roman gender ideology: that because men and women are biologically different, they ought to behave differently in ...

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Wisdom Commentary: 1-2 Thessalonians


Florence M. Gillman, Mary Ann Beavis, HyeRan Kim-Cragg

When Paul wrote First Thessalonians shortly after the recipients had accepted the Gospel, many significant issues had already arisen among them. Of great concern was the social complexity, and even pe ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah


Marie-Theres Wacker

Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah are among the so-called deuterocanonical books of the Bible, part of the larger Catholic biblical canon. Except for a short article in the Women's Bible Commentary, n ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Haggai and Malachi


Stacy Davis

Reading Haggai and Malachi in conversation with feminist theory, rhetorical criticism, and masculinity studies reveals two communities in different degrees of crisis. The prophet Haggai successfully p ...

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Wisdom Commentary: Micah


Julia M. O'Brien

This volume brings gender studies to bear on Micah's powerful rhetoric, interpreting the book within its ancient and modern contexts. Julia M. O'Brien traces resonances of Micah's language within the ...

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