Episode: Matt L. discusses womanist biblical interpretation with Nyasha Junior of Temple University. If this is a new subject to you, or you’re on the hunt for a great introduction to the subject, go no further. Matt discusses Nyasha’s journey into academic biblical studies and the story behind her book An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, and also discusses sexism in the academy and more.
Guest: Nyasha Junior is Assistant Professor of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has research interests in race, gender, and religion. She is currently writing a book on Hagar and Blackness. In addition to her research, Nyasha is a public speaker and lecturer, and can be found Tweeting at @NyashaJunior. For more information about Nyasha and her work, please visit nyashajunior.com.
Book: An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015) provides an engaging and informative introduction to womanist approaches to the Bible. Nyasha Junior situates Womanist Biblical interpretation in relation to feminist and womanist scholarship, and manages to cut through the complex range of ways that writers employ the term ‘womanism’ to offer a clear description and analysis of her subject. This book sits at the leading edge of a field in biblical studies that is already gaining ground.