KRussaw

Proceeding canonically, The Pentateuch is a survey course in which students examine the first five books of the canon of the ancient Israelites; the Hebrew Bible. Students will attend to the patriarchs, the earliest covenants, the exodus traditions, laws, codes and ritual of the agrarian society represented in the biblical world of the Torah. Students will explore a) the socio-historical context out of which the biblical text most probably emerged, b) select methods and tools of biblical scholarship, and c) the engagement of modern users with the biblical text.

January 15 - March 5, 2018

Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Russaw

Dr. Russaw’s research lies at the intersection of narrative criticism, ideological criticism, and feminist criticism, focusing especially on women in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

Dr. Russaw has presented her academic work at national and local conferences, published scholarly articles and essays such as “Wisdom in the Garden: The Woman of Genesis 3 and Alice Walker’s Sophia” (2015), “Zipporah and Circumcision as a Form of Preparation: Cutting Away at the Comfort Zone” (Spring 2003/Fall 2004), and “Obadiah” in The Wisdom Bible Commentary Series (forthcoming). A sought after lecturer, Russaw writes on the Bible and popular culture in online spaces such as OnScripture, Huffington Post Religion, and The African American Lectionary. Dr. Russaw’s book, Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (forthcoming Fortress Press) employs the tools of narrative criticism, feminist criticism, and social scientific theory to examine how biblical daughters navigate systems of power.

Named one of “Six Black Women at the Center of Gravity in Theological Education” by NBCNews.com, Russaw is an ordained clergywoman in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and holds membership in many professional organizations including the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.

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