February 14, 2018—Distinguished scholar Dr. Gale A. Yee will present the 2018 Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on March 6-7, 2018. She has served as the Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, now affiliated with Union Theological Seminary in New York City, NY. The lectures will be offered free to the public each day on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA.
The first lecture titled “From the Bottom Up: Poverty and Inequality in Ancient Israel and Today” will be held at 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in the Harrington Center Chapel. A reception will follow in the Harrington Center Library.
The second lecture titled “Bad Girls of the Bible?: The Construction of Woman as Evil in the Sacred Text” will take place at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the Harrington Center Chapel.
These lectures honor the many contributions of Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, made in biblical scholarship for the sake of the world. For nearly three decades, first at Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, NY (1982-1994) and then at Columbia Seminary (1995-2010), Prof. O’Connor has modeled close reading of the biblical text, rigorous engagement of the text in light of intercultural, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary conversations, and the articulation of compelling, fresh claims for the relevance and power of the text and its interpretation for present-day realities. For students and colleagues around the world, Prof. O’Connor exemplifies first-rate biblical scholarship that is spiritually significant and globally aware.
Dr. Yee was recently elected as Vice-President of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) for 2018, leading to the position of President for 2019. In 2016, she received the SBL’s “Status of Women in the Profession Committee Mentor Award.” Dr. Yee received the Graduate Theological Foundation’s Krister Stendahl Medal in 2015. She was honored as a qianbei (“respected elder”) at the 2014 International Congress of Ethnic Chinese Biblical Scholars.
From 1984-1998, Dr. Yee served as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) before joining the faculty at Episcopal Divinity School. She earned a B.A. in English Literature in 1973 and an M.A. in the New Testament in 1975, both at Loyola University of Chicago. She completed her PhD in 1985 in Old Testament at the University of St. Michael’s College in the Toronto School of Theology.
Dr. Yee is the former general editor of Semeia Studies. She and Athalya Brenner have worked together to edit commentaries in the Texts@Contexts series for Fortress Press. Her book Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress Press, 2003) has been widely acclaimed as a major contribution to feminist biblical scholarship and an exemplary study utilizing ideological criticism.
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