The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Karla Bohmbach

Karla Bohmbach is associate professor of Religion and coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Her scholarship focuses on pedagogical issues and feminist interpretations of the narratives of the Hebrew Bible. She has published in journals such as JSOT and Teaching Theology and Religion and is currently under contract (with three others) for an introductory textbook on the Hebrew Bible entitled The Hebrew Bible: Reading across the Centuries.

Articles by this author

Daughter of Jephthah: Bible

Jephthah’s daughter is the victim of her father’s vow to sacrifice a person in return for victory in battle. Women are critical for the survival of the family; therefore, Jephthah’s willingness to lose his daughter indicates that the text is trying to display the disorder and depravity of Israel before the institution of monarchial rule.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Karla Bohmbach." (Viewed on May 29, 2023) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox

Read the latest from JWA from your inbox.

sign up now