Wil Gafney – Womanist Midrash

Episode: There are 111 named women in the Old Testament. But they’re often unknown and ignored. In this episode Wil Gafney reintroduces us to women we thought we knew and introduces those we never knew. We discuss the sanctified imagination, Midrashic interpretation, womanist approaches to scripture, Queen mothers, army chaplaincy, and much more from her book Womanist Midrash (WJK Press).

Guest: Dr. Wil Gafney is professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, Texas. She is the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel (Fortress Press), Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne (WJK Press), a commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (Liturgical Press), and she has co-edited several books. She is an Episcopal priest, former Army chaplain, and congregational pastor in the AME Zion Church, and was also a member of a worshipping Reconstructionist Jewish congregation in Philadelphia.

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