Carole R. Fontaine

Carole R. Fontaine is the John Taylor Professor of Biblical Theology and History at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA, where she is also Resident Artist. She has sat on the editorial boards of Women in Judaism, Biblical Archaeology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and The Journal of Biblical Literature, and co-edited A Feminist Companion to Reading the Bible: Approaches, Methods, Strategies (with Athalya Brenner). She is an expert in wisdom traditions and women in the Ancient Near East, and a Human Rights Defender sitting on numerous NGO boards dealing with the religious rights of women and girls. Her latest book is entitled Smooth Words: Women, Proverbs and Performance in Biblical Wisdom and she is currently at work on a book on the Bible, human rights and gender issues.

Articles by this author

Queen of Sheba: Bible

Sheba, despite the mystery of her origins, presents us with a valid memory of women who managed to carve out high-ranking positions for themselves in worlds dominated by men. An independent woman ruling a fabulously wealthy Arabian or African kingdom to the south of Judah, this unnamed queen appears in one of the many stories emphasizing the grandeur of Solomon’s court and his international reputation for extraordinary wisdom.


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