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News from the Hill June 25, 2013 | back to index

New Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible


The Dean of the Faculty is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Faith Parker will be Andover Newton’s Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible during the 2013-2014 academic year. She will be teaching courses in the fall and spring, and providing coverage during the sabbatical leaves of our Old Testament faculty, with Professor Greg Mobley conducting research and writing throughout the year, and Professor Carole Fontaine doing the same in the spring term. Currently, Julie is teaching in the Theology department at Fordham University.

Julie earned her Ph.D. with distinction in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Yale University.  Her research interests include children in the Hebrew Bible, feminist interpretation, and ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures. She was selected as one of five scholars nationally to receive the Society of Biblical Literature’s Regional Scholar Award for 2013.

In addition to her work in the academy, Julie Faith Parker is very involved in the life of the church. As an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church (New York Annual Conference), she has worked full-time in congregational ministry. Prior to returning to school for a second master’s degree and then doctoral studies, she served as the Protestant Chaplain at Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.) for eight years. Julie is very involved in her current congregation (PCUSA), where she sings in the choir, teaches adult education, and leads the annual women’s retreat.

Her forthcoming book, Valuable and Vulnerable: Children in the Hebrew Bible, Especially the Elisha Cycle (currently in press), will be published in Brown University’s Judaic Study Series. She has also published four (non-academic) books on the topics of clergywomen, homelessness, teen ethics, and leadership.