Carol Newsom – Creation, Anthropology, and Glass Beads

Episode: In this episode, Matt sits down with Carol Newsom to discuss her work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, her research on the Bible and ecology, the development of the self in the Bible and early Judaism, glass beading, weaving, and much more!

Guest: (from the Candler website) Carol Newsom is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology and a senior fellow at Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Newsom came to Candler in 1980, only the second woman to hold a tenure-track position. In 2005, she became the first female faculty member appointed to a chaired professorship.

Newsom’s research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. She has written and edited 13 books and scores of articles, book chapters, translations, encyclopedia articles and reviews. She co-edited the acclaimed Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 3rd ed., 2012), now in its third edition, which explores the implications of and challenges long-held assumptions about the Bible’s portrayal of women and other marginalized groups. She has also written Job and the Contest of Moral Imaginations (Oxford, 2009), and recently, a commentary on Daniel (WJK, 2016) with contributions from Brennan Breed.

Carol’s Glass Beads

Newsom holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Copenhagen, Birmingham-Southern College, and Virginia Theological Seminary in recognition of her academic work, most notably her scholarship in Old Testament theology and her innovative work in transcribing, translating and providing commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

She was also elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. She was only the second Candler faculty member ever to be so honored, preceded by Brooks Holifield in 2011, and followed by Carl Holladay in 2017.

Newsom has received several prestigious research fellowships, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Henry Luce Foundation, and has won several awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring, including Emory University’s highest award for teaching, the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award.

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