Alice Ogden Bellis

Alice Ogden Bellis is Professor of Old Testament at Howard University School of Divinity. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the author of Helpmates, Harlots, and Heroes: Women's Stories in the Hebrew Bible and Doing the Twist to Amazing Grace. She is co-editor of Jews, Christians, and the Theology of Hebrew Scriptures and co-author of Science, Scripture, and Homosexuality. Dr. Bellis is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. She is the mother of two daughters.

Articles by this author

Hagar: Apocrypha

Reference to Hagar appears in a wisdom poem (Bar 3:9–4:4) that is itself part of an apocryphal letter written sometime between 200 to 60 b.c.e. to the priests and people of Jerusalem from Baruch, the scribe and close friend of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36).

Eve: Apocrypha

Eve, the first woman according to the Eden story (Genesis 2–3), is mentioned very rarely in the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books. One text mentions her by name (Tob 8:6), and four others allude to her (Sir 25:24; 40:1; 42:13; 4 Macc 18:7). Only Sirach (also known as Ecclesiasticus or Ben Sira) presents the negative theological judgment that women are the source of sin.

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