Join us for the latest in our Interfaith Conversations series.
"Womanist Midrash: Black Christian Feminism & Jewish Biblical Interpretation"
The Rev. Dr. Gafney will present a reading from her forthcoming book, Womanist Midrash: A ReIntroduction to the Women of the Torah and of the Throne, in which she examines Israelite reproductive slavery through the biblical character Bilhah who gave birth to two of Israel’s twelve patriarchs. The reading will look at Bilhah’s story through the lens of African American slavery and reflect on the religious uses of Bilhah’s story in Jewish and Christian congregations.
Presented with the support of the Office of Spiritual Life and the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity
Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney
The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, TX where she teaches masters and doctoral students. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne (available for pre-order at Westminster/John Knox), Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. She is an Episcopal Priest and a former member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Center in Philadelphia.