J. Cheryl Exum

J. Cheryl Exum is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. She is the executive editor of the journal Biblical Interpretation and a director of Sheffield Phoenix Press. She is the author of numerous scholarly works on the Hebrew Bible, which include Tragedy and Biblical Narrative: Arrows of the Almighty ; Fragmented Women: Feminist (Sub)versions of Biblical Narratives; Plotted, Shot, and Painted: Cultural Representations of Biblical Women; Was sagt das Richterbuch den Frauen?; and, most recently, The Song of Songs: A Commentary. She is currently writing a book titled Cultural Industry: The Bible and the Arts.

Articles by this author

Michal: Bible

Michal’s appearances in 1–2 Samuel reflect her confinement as a woman caught in the fierce struggle over the kingship between her father, Saul, and her husband, David.

Delilah: Bible

Delilah is the only woman in the Samson story whose name is given. Whatever its etymology, her name is a wordplay on Hebrew layla, “night,” for as the night overcomes the mighty sun (the name Samson, Shimshon, is related to “sun,” shemesh), so Delilah overcomes the apparently invincible strong man, Samson.

Mother of Samson: Bible

The birth announcement of a son to a sterile woman is a typical biblical scene. Samson's mother is alone when the divine messenger appears to her to announce Samson’s birth.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "J. Cheryl Exum." (Viewed on November 20, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/exum-j>.

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