Prof. Carolyn J. SharpProfessor of Hebrew Scriptures

    Research Profile

    Professor Sharp’s research explores the composition, redaction, and rhetoric of Hebrew Scripture texts. In recent articles, she has examined the representation of Hebrew Bible traditions in the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls, urged the creation of a multivocal Old Testament theology shaped by the notion of diaspora identity, and explored the potential of Old Testament hermeneutics to address contemporary ecclesial debates. In her publications discuss divergent understandings of the prophet in the prose of Jeremiah and literary and theological aspects of irony in Old Testament texts. Her latest book presents the Old Testament prophets in terms accessible to contemporary Christian believers.

    Teaching Profile

    Character and Community in the Biblical Short Story: Jonah, Ruth, Esther
    Contemporary Christian Theologies of the Old Testament
    Dangerous Holiness: Theology of the Prophet Ezekiel
    Exorcising Marcion’s Ghost: Claiming the Sacred in Difficult Old Testament Texts
    Gender, Sex, and Power in the Books of Ruth and Esther
    Godly Skepticism: The Book of Ecclesiastes and Its Reception in Early Christian Tradition
    Hermeneutics and Authority: Reading Isaiah in Community
    Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible
    Tradition and Ideology in the Book of Jeremiah

    Selected Publications

    Old Testament Prophets for Today. In press with Westminster John Knox Press; scheduled for publication in February 2009.

    Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible. In press with Indiana University Press; scheduled for Publication in December 2008.

    Prophecy and Ideology in Jeremiah: Struggles for Authority in the Deutero-Jeremianic Prose. London: T & T Clark, 2003.

    Wrestle This Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer. Book manuscript in progress; under contract with Westminster John Knox Press.

    “Interrogating the Violent God of Hosea: A Conversation with Walter Brueggemann, Alice Keefe, and Ehud Ben Zvi.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 30 (2008): 59-70.

    “Jeremiah.” Forthcoming in A Theological Bible Commentary, edited by Gail R. O’Day and David L. Petersen (for Westminster John Knox Press); volume scheduled for publication in April 2009.

    “Beyond Prooftexting” in Gays and the Future of Anglicanism: Responses to the Windsor Report. Andrew Linzey and Richard Kirker, eds. New York: John Hunt Publishing, 2005: 30-48.

    “The Trope of `Exile’ and the Displacement of Old Testament Theology.” Perspectives in Religious Studies 31 (2004): 153-69.

    “Ironic Representation, Authorial Voice, and Meaning in Qohelet.” Biblical Interpretation 12 (2004): 37-68.

    “The Call of Jeremiah and Diaspora Politics.” Journal of Biblical Literature 119 (2000): 421-38.



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