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General Calls Biblical Scholar

The Rev. Julie Faith Parker will become associate professor for Biblical studies at General Theological Seminary, effective July 1.

Parker was awarded the PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible with distinction from Yale University. She also holds degrees from Hamilton College (BA, Phi Beta Kappa), Union Theological Seminary in New York City (MDiv), and Yale Divinity School (STM).

Ordained in the United Methodist Church (elder, New York Annual Conference), she has served as a congregational pastor and as a university chaplain (Hofstra University). She continues to preach, teach, and lead congregational retreats in the Tri-State and Midwest regions.

Parker currently is the Old Testament professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to her work as a professor, she founded and directs the Trinity Prison Project. She has taught at Colby College, Andover Newton Theological School, Fordham University, and New York Theological Seminary (teaching inmates pursuing a master’s degree within Sing Sing Maximum Security Prison).

Her research interests focus on feminist and child-oriented biblical interpretation, and ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures. Her scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Biblical Interpretation, and Ugarit-Forschungen, among other journals.

She is the author or editor of six books, including Valuable and Vulnerable: Children in the Hebrew Bible, especially the Elisha Cycle (Brown University, 2013) and My So-Called Biblical Life: Imagined Stories from the World’s Best-Selling Book (Wipf and Stock, 2017).

Adapted from General Seminary

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