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A significant milestone in
the history of feminism and
the study of Scripture.


The Team Making It Possible

The Wisdom Commentary includes voices from top feminist scholars of many different religious traditions; of diverse ages; differing sexual identities; and varying cultural, racial, ethnic, and social contexts. Some have been pioneers in feminist biblical interpretation. Others are newer contributors from a younger generation.

This series includes feminist men, both as lead authors and as contributing voices. Each volume will also incorporate diverse voices and differing interpretations from various parts of the world, underlining the importance of social positioning in the process of interpretation, and the fact that there is no single definitive feminist interpretation of a text.


Appler, Deborah A.
co-author of Ezra-Nehemiah
Batten, Alicia
author of Philemon

Alicia J. Batten is associate professor of religious studies and theology at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. She is the author of Friendship and Benefaction in James (ESEC 15; Deo, 2010) and What Are they Saying about the Letter of James (Paulist, 2009); she is co-editor (with Carly Daniel-Hughes and Kristi Upson-Saia) of Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity (Ashgate, 2014) and (with John S. Kloppenborg) James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Early Jesus Traditions (T& T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2014).

Bautch, Richard
co-author of 1-2 Maccabees
Beavis, Mary Ann
Editor, co-author of Hebrews, co-author of 2 Thessalonians

Mary Ann Beavis has master's degrees in religious studies and theology from the University of Manitoba and the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in New Testament studies from Cambridge University (UK). She is currently professor of religion and culture at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada). Her areas of academic interest and expertise include Christian origins, feminist biblical interpretation, Christianity and Goddess spirituality, and religion and popular culture. She is the author of several single-author and edited books as well as many peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Bellis, Alice Ogden
author of Proverbs
Birge, Mary Kate
author of 2 Peter
Bourland Huizenga, Annette
author of 1-2 Timothy, Titus

Annette Bourland Huizenga serves as assistant professor of New Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa). Her research interests include the Pauline letters and communities, women in the early church, households in the Roman Empire, and ancient moral-philosophical education. These subjects all come into play in her first book Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters. She has written several articles about the expectations for women’s behavior, clothing, and virtues in the ancient world. In 2015, the University of Dubuque awarded Dr. Huizenga with the William L. Lomax Award for excellence in Teaching and Advising.

Bowen, Nancy
author of Wisdom of Solomon
Brenner-Idan, Athalya
Editorial Consultant
Bridgeman, Valerie
co-author of Hosea, author of Job
Carter, Warren
author of Mark
Carvalho, Corrine
co-author of, Ezekiel
Coblentz Bautch, Kelley
co-author of 1-2 Maccabees
Coloe, Mary
author of John
Colombo, Claire
co-author of Colossians
Crowell, Brad
author of Joshua
D'Angelo, Mary Rose
author of 1 Corinthians
Davis, Stacy
author of Haggai and Malachi

Stacy Davis (PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2003) is associate professor of religious studies and chair of gender and women's studies at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She teaches courses in religious conversion, Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, Torah, and Prophets.

deClaisse-Walford, Nancy L.
author of Psalms, Books IV & V
Dempsey, Carol J.
Editor, author of Isaiah
Dempsey, Deirdre
Author of 2 Samuel
Deutsch, Celia
author of Matthew
De-Whyte, Janice P.
author of Amos
Dibley, Genevive
co-author of 1-2 Chronicles
Dombkowski-Hopkins, Denise
author of Psalms, Books II & III

Denise Dombkowski Hopkins is Woodrow and Mildred Miller Professor of Biblical Theology and Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She has authored Journey through the Psalms (Chalice Press, 2002) and (with Michael Koppel) Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices (Eerdmans, 2010). She and Michael Koppel have co-chaired the Bible and Practical Theology section in the Society of Biblical Literature for six years. The mother of two, she holds PhD and MA degrees from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Syracuse University.

Eberhart, Christian A.
author of Romans
Endres, John
co-author of 1-2 Chronicles
Fischer, Irmtraud
co-author of Genesis
Gafney, Wilda C. M.
author of Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

The Rev. Dr. Wilda (Wil) Gafney is an associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School where she prepares students undertaking a first master's degree in religion seeking to serve in a variety of social and ecclesial settings, and students seeking the PhD in Hebrew biblical studies. She is the recipient of the Catherine Saylor Hill Faculty Excellence award. Dr. Gafney is the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and the forthcoming Womanist Midrash: A ReIntroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne.

García Bachmann, Mercedes L.
author of Judges

Mercedes L. García Bachmann has a PhD in Old Testament from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). She taught for almost twenty years at the ecumenical school of theology in Buenos Aires (Isedet). She has one published book, Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History (SBL, 2013), and several articles and book chapters. Currently she directs the Institute for Contextual Pastoral Studies for the United Evangelical Lutheran Church (Argentina-Uruguay) and teaches online for her alma mater and for other schools.

Gillman, Florence
author of 1 Thessalonians

Florence Morgan Gillman is professor of biblical studies, coordinator of the Classical Studies Program, and former chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Following completion of the BA and MA at The Catholic University of America, she received her STL, PhD, and STD from the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Belgium). The author of numerous books and articles, she is especially interested in the Pauline churches, women in early Christianity, and the world behind the text of New Testament literature.

Guardiola-Sáenz, Leticia A.
author of 1-2-3 John
Havea, Jione
author of Numbers
Hearon, Holly E.
co-author of James
Hens-Piazza, Gina
Editor, author of Lamentations

Gina Hens-Piazza is professor of biblical studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, a school within the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is the author of Of Methods, Monarchs, and Meanings: An Approach to Socio-Rhetorical Exegesis (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1996), New Historicism and Biblical Interpretation in the Guides to Biblical Scholarship series (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002), Nameless, Blameless and without Shame: The Tale of Two Cannibal Mothers before a King in the Interfaces series (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), and Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries: 1 and 2 Kings (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008). Hens-Piazza is a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally. She received her PhD and MPhil from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and her MA from Vanderbilt University.

Hoppe, Leslie
co-author of Zechariah
Huber, Lynn
co-author of Revelation
Jost, Renate
author of Exodus
Junker, Débora
co-author of James
Kahl, Brigitte
author of Galatians
Kamionkowski, S. Tamar
author of Leviticus

S. Tamar Kamionkowski is professor of biblical studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, where she served as the vice president for Academic Affairs for almost a decade. She holds a BA from Oberlin College, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD from Brandeis University. Kamionkowski is the author of Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: Studies in the Book of Ezekiel (Sheffield Academic, 2003) and co-editor of Bodies, Embodiment and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures (T&T Clark, 2010). She serves as co-chair of the SBL's Jewish Interpretation of the Bible session.

Kim-Cragg, HyeRan
co-author of 2 Thessalonians, co-author of Hebrews

HyeRan Kim-Cragg is Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon, Canada. As a practical theologian, her main areas of teaching are religious education and worship. Influenced by postcolonial theory, feminist theology, and migration, her most recent book is The Encounters: Retelling the Bible from Migration and Intercultural Perspectives, co-authored with EunYoung Choi. Her most recent articles appear in Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives, Church in the Age of Migration: A Moving Body, and the journal Religious Education.

Kirk-Duggan, Cheryl A.
co-author of Hosea
Kittredge, Cynthia
co-author of Colossians

Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is dean and president and professor of New Testament at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She is a contributor to The New Oxford Annotated Bible and Women's Bible Commentary, and the author of Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John and Community and Authority: The Rhetoric of Obedience in the Pauline Tradition. She co-edited The Bible in the Public Square: Reading the Signs of the Times and Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Most recently, she is the co-editor of The Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament (2014) and author of A Lot of the Way Trees Were Walking: Poems from the Gospel of Mark (2015).

Koosed, Jennifer
co-author of Judith
Laffey, Alice
co-author of Ruth

Alice L. Laffey taught the Old Testament for thirty-five years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, before retiring in May 2016. She is the author of many articles as well as Introduction to the Old Testament: A Feminist Perspective (Fortress, 1988), Appreciating God's Creation through Scripture (Paulist, 1997), The Pentateuch: A Liberation-Critical Reading (Fortress, 1998), and 1-2 Kings in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series (Liturgical Press, 2012).

O'Brien, Julia
author of Micah

Julia M. O'Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (2014), and her other publications include Challenging Prophetic Metaphor (Westminster John Knox, 2008); Nahum through Malachi (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series, 2004); Nahum (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002; 2nd ed. 2009); and Priest and Levite in Malachi (Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series, 1990). With Chris Franke, she co-edited Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets (T. & T. Clark, 2010). She holds PhD and MDiv degrees from Duke University and a BA from Wake Forest University.

Leeb, Carolyn
author of Daniel
Leonard-Fleckman, Mahri
co-author of Ruth

Mahri Leonard-Fleckman is assistant professor of Hebrew Bible in the Theology Department at Providence College (Providence, RI). She earned her PhD in 2014 from New York University in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, with a focus on Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern Studies. Before coming to Providence College, Leonard-Fleckman was an assistant professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Scranton (Scranton, PA).

Levine, Amy-Jill
Macinskas-Le, Leah
co-author of Sirach
Maloney, Linda M
Editor, co-author of Acts of the Apostles
Manzo, Laura
co-author of Sirach
Matthews, Shelly
co-author of Luke
McDonald, Patricia
author of Jude
Melanchthon, Monica
author of 1 Kings
Middlemas, Jill
author of Esther
Murray, Michele
author of Tobit
O'Brien, Julia
author of Micah

Julia M. O'Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (2014), and her other publications include Challenging Prophetic Metaphor (Westminster John Knox, 2008); Nahum through Malachi (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series, 2004); Nahum (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002; 2nd ed. 2009); and Priest and Levite in Malachi (Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series, 1990). With Chris Franke, she co-edited Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets (T. & T. Clark, 2010). She holds PhD and MDiv degrees from Duke University and a BA from Wake Forest University.

O'Day, Gail
co-author of Revelation
Park, Song-Mi Suzie
author of 2 Kings
Perkins, Pheme
author of 1 Peter
Pilarski, Ahida Calderón
Editor, co-author of Jeremiah

Ahida Calderón Pilarski holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She is an associate professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Pilarski has written extensively on the intersection of gender and culture/ethnicity/race in the interpretation of the Bible.

Reid, Barbara E.
General Editor, co-author of Luke

Barbara E. Reid, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a PhD in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America and is professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. Her most recent publications are Wisdom’s Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures (2016) and Abiding Word: Sunday Reflections on Year A, B, C (3 vols.; 2011, 2012, 2013). She served as vice president and academic dean at CTU from 2009 to 2018 and as president of the Catholic Biblical Association in 2014–2015.

Richter Reimer, Ivoni
co-author of Acts of the Apostles
Rosenblatt, Eloise
author of 2 Peter
Scholz, Susanne
author of 1 Samuel
Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth
Editorial Consultant, author of Ephesians

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor at Harvard University Divinity School, is an internationally known biblical scholar and path-breaking feminist intellectual. She has done pioneering work in biblical interpretation and feminist theology. Dr. Schüssler Fiorenza's teaching and research focus on questions of biblical and theological hermeneutics, ethics, rhetoric, and the politics of interpretation, and on issues of the logical education, diversity, and democracy. She is the co-founding senior editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, was the first woman president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and was elected a member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. Her landmark work, In Memory of Her, has become a classic in biblical studies. Her latest books are Transforming Vision: Explorations in Feminist The*logy (2011); Changing Horizons: Explorations in Feminist Interpretation (2013); Empowering Memory and Movement: Thinking and Working across Borders (2014); Feminist Biblical Studies in the Twentieth Century (ed.; 2014); 1 Peter: Reading Against the Grain (2015); and Congress of Wo/men: Religion, Culture and Kyriarchal Power (2016).

Seesengood, Robert
co-author of Judith
Smith, Terry Ann
co-author of Ezra-Nehemiah
Spencer, F. Scott
author of Song of Songs

F. Scott Spencer is professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He has also served as past president of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion and current co-chair of the Bible and Emotion group for the Society of Biblical Literature. Spencer’s longtime interest in feminist biblical interpretation is evident in the monographs Dancing Girls, “Loose” Ladies, and Women of “the Cloth”: The Women in Jesus’ Life; and Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel.

Tamez, Elsa
author of Philippians

Elsa Támez is a Mexican-Costarrican New Testament biblical scholar. She is a member of the Methodist church and is professor emerita and former rector of the Latin American Biblical University. She earned her ThD at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Her most recent publications include Struggles for Power in Early Christianity (2007); No discriminen a los pobres. Lectura de Santiago (2008); El Nuevo Testamento, Palabra por Palabra, interlineal griego-español (2012). Among the awards she has received are Prix de Faculté: Université de Lausanne (1990); Award of Excellence in Biblical Interpretation, twice (1996, 1997); Hans-Sigrist Award, University of Bern, Switzerland (2000), for her contribution to contextual biblical hermeneutics.

Tanner, Beth
author of Psalms, Intro & Book I
Tanzer, Sarah

Sarah J. Tanzer serves as professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. She has written several essays on feminist interpretation of ancient texts including “Wisdom of Solomon” in Women’s Bible Commentary (3rd edition; 2012) and “Ephesians” in Searching the Scriptures: A Feminist Commentary (1994). Her other research interests have included the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gospel of John, the historically Jewish Jesus, and most recently, how difference develops in biblical interpretation between Judaism and early Christianity

van Wijk-Bos, Johanna W H
author of Deuteronomy
Wacker, Marie-Theres
author of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah

Marie-Theres Wacker is professor of Old Testament and women's research at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Muenster, Germany. She is director of the Seminar for Old Testament Exegesis and runs a research unit for gender studies in theology. Her fields of teaching, research, and publication include feminist biblical hermeneutics, biblical monotheism, early Jewish writings from Hellenistic times, and reception history of the Bible. Together with Luise Schottroff, she edited Feminist Biblical Interpretation: A Compendium, a feminist commentary on the Christian Bible and selected noncanonical writings.

Warner, Megan
co-author of Genesis
Waters, Jaime L.
Co-author of Jeremiah
Wilkins Lawrence, Lauress
Editor, author of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah
Wire, Antoinette
author of 2 Corinthians
Wolfe, Lisa Michele
author of Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes)
Zeiger Simkovich, Malka
co-author of Zechariah