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Phyllis Trible

Phyllis Trible, an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, is a professor of biblical studies at Wake Forest University Divinity School. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest Divinity School in 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

Considered a leader in the text-based exploration of women and gender in scripture, Trible has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. She is the author of God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality, Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative and Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah. Most recently she has edited Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children. She has also written articles and book reviews for magazines and scholarly journals and provided expert commentary for Bill Moyers’s public television series, “Genesis: A Living Conversation.”

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