Re-Rereading, Re-Writing, Re-Telling Biblical Stories

Date(s) - 02/06/2016
10:00 am - 11:45 pm

First Presbyterian Church


Re-Rereading, Re-Writing, Re-Telling Biblical Stories
Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

Stalcup icons_EventThis series of four lectures will explore collections of biblical texts: 1) women and girls relegated to the margins of text and tradition, 2) royal women and girls in Israel and Judah, 3) women in the life of David and 4) women prophets to (re)introduce bible readers and hearers to a text that in spite of focusing overwhelmingly on male characters nevertheless offers a plethora of women whose presence invites reconsideration of the stories we may have learned. Beginning with the shape of the biblical canon itself in the first, each subsequent lecture will explore biblical passages and characters that may be unfamiliar, translating and interpreting them for contemporary contexts while remaining faithful to their ancient contexts. We will consider what we mean as individuals and communities when we say “Bible” and how that differs, particularly among Christians presently and across time. And, we will reflect on how expanding our knowledge of the biblical text by focusing on the stories of women and other subordinated categories – slaves and non-Israelites – shapes our understandings of and perspectives on the bible as scripture.

Wil Gafney holds a MDiv from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. and a PhD from Duke University. Dr. Gafney is the author of Daughters of Miriam (2008) and a co-editor for both The Peoples’ Bible (2008) and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible (2010). Dr. Gafney is currently working on Womanist Midrash and a Commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah. She embodies a passion for teaching and her research and scholarship represent the leading edge of biblical scholarship. As a public intellectual her work is accessible to multiple audiences as she writes across diverse social media platforms. Dr. Gafney is an ordained Episcopal priest, has experience as a military chaplain, and is invested in inter-religious conversation.