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Susanne Scholz

Susanne Scholz

Professor of Old Testament



Ph.D., M.Phil., S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary, New York; M.Div (equivalent), University of Heidelberg, Germany

Teaching Specialties

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; gender in biblical literature; Hebrew Bible in film; historiography; narrative literature; social location and biblical hermeneutics

Research Interests

Feminist hermeneutics; epistemologies and sociologies of interpretation; cultural and literary studies; violence against women in sacred texts

Selected Publications


:: Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect: Biblical Books (Volume 1). Editor. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.
:: God Loves Diversity and Justice: Progressive Scholars Speak about Faith, Politics, and the World. Editor. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
:: Sacred Witness: Rape in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress, 2010).
:: Introducing the Women’s Hebrew Bible (T&T Clark, 2007).
:: Biblical Studies Alternatively: An Introductory Reader (ed.; Prentice Hall, 2003).
:: Rape Plots: A Feminist Cultural Study of Genesis 34 (Lang, 2000/2002).
:: Zwischenräume: Deutsche feministische Theologinnen im Ausland (co-ed.; LIT, 2000).


:: “’Stirring Up Vital Energies’: Feminist Biblical Studies in North America.” In The Bible and Women. An Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History: The Twentieth Century (Vol. 10), ed. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2014.
:: “Eve’s Daughters Liberated? The Book of Genesis in Feminist Exegesis.” In Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect: Biblical Books (Volume 1), ed. Susanne Scholz. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, November 2013.
:: “Rape.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, ed. Robert L. Brawley. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
:: “Convert, Prostitute, or Traitor? Rahab as the Anti-Matriarch in Biblical Interpretations.” In In the Arms of Biblical Women, ed. Mishael Caspi and John Greene, 153-184. Biblical Intersections 13. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2013.
:: “Feminist Biblical Interpretation.” Co-written with Shelly Matthews. In Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation, ed. Steven L. McKenzie. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
:: ”‘Belonging to All Humanity‘: Die Dina Episode (Gen. 34) und ihre Aktualisierung im Film ‘Die Erben von Kain und Abel‘ (La Genèse, F/Mali 1999) von Cheick Oumar Sissoko.“ In Religion und Gewalt im Bibelfilm, ed. Reinhold Zwick, 55-75. Köthen: Schüren Verlag, 2013.
:: “The Green Pastures (1936).” In Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films, ed. Adele Reinhartz, 120-125. London: Routledge, 2012.
:: “Judges.” In The Women’s Bible Commentary. New Edition, ed. Sharon Ringe, Carol Newsom, Jacqueline Lapsley, 113-127. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2012.
:: “Occupy Academic Bible Teaching: The Architecture of Educational Power and the Biblical Studies Curriculum.“ In Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom, ed. Jane S. Webster and Glenn S. Holland, 28-43. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 2012.
:: “Veggies, Women, and Other Strangers in Children and Teenager Bible DVDs: Toward the Creation of Feminist Bible Film.”  In In the Picture: Otherness in Children’s Bibles, ed. Caroline Vander Stichele and Hugh Pyper, 99-120. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.
:: “The Old Testament, Feminist Scholarship.” Oxford Bibliography Online (2012): http://www.oup.com/online/us/obo/?view=usa
:: ”The Forbidden Fruit for the New Eve: The Christian Right’s Adaptation to the (Post)Modern World.” In Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe: Between Texts and People (Current of Encounter vol. 40), ed. D. Cheetham, U. Winkler, O. Leirvik, and J. Gruber, 289-315. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Rodopi, 2011.
:: “Lederhosen Hermeneutics: Toward a Feminist Sociology of White Male German Old Testament Studies.” In Lung Kwong Lo, Nancy N. H. Tan, and Ying Zhang (ed.), Crossing Textual Boundaries: A Festschrift in Honor of Professor for Archie Chi Chung  Lee for His Sixtieth Birthday, 334-353. Hong Kong: Divinity School of Chung Chi College, 2010.
:: “Redesigning the Biblical Studies Curriculum: Toward a ’Radical-Democratic’ Teaching Model.“ In Transforming Graduate Biblical Education: Ethos and Discipline, ed. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Kent Richards, 269-291. Atlanta, GA: SBL Publications, 2010.
::”A ‘Third-Kind’ of Feminist Reading: Toward a Sociology of Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics.“ Currents of Biblical Research 9, no. 4 (October 2010): 1-22.
:: “The Bible as Men’s Word? Feminism and the Translation of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.” lectio difficilior: European Feminist Journal for Feminist Exegesis (October 2010): http://www.lectio.unibe.ch

Professional Distinctions

Member of the SBL Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession Committee since January 2013; Chair of the North American Section of the European Society of Women in Theological Research (NA ESWTR) since 2002; Editorial Board Member of the e-journal lectio difficilior: European Feminist Journal for Feminist Exegesis since September 2004; SMU Faculty Senator since Fall 2010 (on the Executive Board from 2011-2013).

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