Thursday, January 30, 201411am
Doing Justice with (and to) Micah: The Gendered Body Confronts the Prophetic Imagination
Sponsored by the Harriet O. McCauley Schnebely Lectureship Fund
Dr. Julia O’Brien, Lancaster Theological Seminary
Julia M. O'Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she has taught since 1997.
Dr. O'Brien received her B.A. in religion from Wake Forest University in 1981. She earned her M.Div from Duke Divinity School in 1984, and her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Duke University in 1988, where her areas of study included the history and archeology of the Old Testament, as well as Judaism and Literary Criticism.
Her academic specialties include the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible (especially the Minor Prophets), and the intersection of gender studies and biblical studies.
She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies and is completing a feminist commentary on the book of Micah. Previous publications include Nahum (Sheffield Academic Press, 2001); Nahum through Malachi (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series, 2004); and Challenging Prophetic Metaphor (Westminster John Knox, 2008). With Chris Franke, she co-edited Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets (T & T Clark, 2010).
Professor O'Brien lectures and leads workshops on various topics related to the Bible and contemporary culture–including (homo)sexuality and the Bible; the family in ancient and modern perspectives; biblical promises and Middle Eastern politics; and secular readings of Old Testament narratives.