Danna Nolan Fewell


 Danna Nolan Fewell

E-maildfewell@drew.edu
Address36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 7940
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Professor of Hebrew Bible, Drew University Theological Seminary

APPOINTMENTS AT DREW:

    Professor of Hebrew Bible, Drew Theological School and the Casperson School of Graduate Studies, 2000-

    OTHER EMPLOYMENT:

    Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology , Southern Methodist University,1999-2000

    Associate Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology, SMU, 1993-1999

    Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology, SMU, 1987-1993

    Graduate Faculty, Graduate Program in Religious Studies, Dedman College , Southern Methodist University, 1987-2000

    Adjunct Instructor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, 1985-87

    Adjunct Instructor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology and Religious Studies Department, Emory University, 1983, 1986

    ACADEMIC TRAINING:

    Ph.D., Emory University , 1987 (Hebrew Bible)

    M.T.S., Candler School of Theology , Emory University , 1981

    B.A., Louisiana College , 1979 (Religion)

    HONORS, AWARDS, and GRANTS:

    â€¢ The University Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award, 2004-05, Drew University . (Award funded and sponsored by the UMC Board of Higher Education and Ordained Ministry).

    â€¢ The University Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award, 1998-99, Southern Methodist University . (Award funded and sponsored by the UMC Board of Higher Education and Ordained Ministry).

    â€¢ The Sam Taylor Fellowship, The UMC Board of Higher Education and Ordained Ministry, 1997.

    â€¢ Association of Theological Schools, Teaching and Learning Grant ($5,000), to support the new Peer Teaching Review Program being implemented by the Perkins faculty, 1997 (Wrote the grant and directed the program, 1997-2000).

    â€¢ Invited Preacher, Graduating Senior Class Worship Service, 1998, 1995, 1992. (Sermons: “Bread in the Wilderness and Other Outlandish Places” [1992]; “Pulling the Children from the River” (1995); “Wanted: Someone to Impersonate the Presence of God” [1998])

    â€¢ Travel-research grant, Southern Methodist University, 1997.

    â€¢ Perkins School of Theology Scholarly Outreach Award, SMU, 1996.

    â€¢ Ministerial Education Fund Research Grant, Perkins School of Theology , SMU, 1995.

    â€¢ The John Hicks Fellowship for travel in Israel , Perkins School of the Theology, SMU, 1995 (acceptance forfeited due to appointment at Drew).

    â€¢ Junior Scholar Research Award, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies (Southwest Regional AAR , SBL, and ASOR), Spring, 1993.

    â€¢ Lilly Endowment Faculty Outreach Award, Southern Methodist University , Spring, 1992.

    â€¢ Award of Appreciation for Faculty Support, Black Seminarians, Perkins School of Theology, 1989.

    â€¢ Lilly Endowment Faculty Scholarship, Southern Methodist University , Spring, 1988.

    â€¢ Graduate award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University, 1986-1987.

    â€¢ Winner of student essay competition, Southeastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 1984.

    â€¢ Fellowship, Department of Old Testament Studies, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University , 1981-1983.

    â€¢ M.T.S. Summa Cum Laude , Candler School of Theology, 1981.

    â€¢ Fellowship, Candler School of Theology, Emory University , 1979-1981.

    â€¢ The Boone M. Bowen Hebrew Award, Candler School of Theology, 1980.

    â€¢ B.A. Summa Cum Laude , Louisiana College, 1979.

    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    Memberships

    American Academy of Religion

    Society of Biblical Literature

    Editorial responsibilities

    1997-2002 General Editor, Semeia Studies , Scholars Press.

    1995-97 General Editor, Biblical Limits (a interdisciplinary series devoted to the Bible and postmodern culture), Routledge Press.

    1995-97 Associate editor, Semeia , Society of Biblical Literature, Scholars Press

    1989-95 General Editor, Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation (Series), Westminster/John Knox Press (18 volumes).

    1988-91 Editorial Board, Perspectives in Religious Studies , Mercer University Press.

    1987-90 Assistant General Editor, Bible and Literature Series , Almond Press.

    Other:

    1990-95 Program Chair, Reading , Rhetoric, and the Hebrew Bible Section, Society of Biblical Literature (national).

    1995-2000 Member, steering committee, Reading , Theory, and the Bible Section Society of Biblical Literature (national).

    â€¢ Program consultant, Semiotics and Exegesis Section, Society of Biblical Literature (national)

    1992-95 Executive board, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

    1994-95 Nominations committee, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

    LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS:
    Public Lectures

    Reading the Bible for the Sake of Our Children, The 18 th Annual Knippa Lecture (series promoting Jewish-Christian dialogue), Tulsa , OK , 2006.

    Children from the Other Side of the River: The Bible, Violence, and the Making of Strangers, The University of the South: Sewanee , TN , 2005.

    Risking Interruption: Reading Religiously in a Post-Modern Age, Keynote lecture, The Tipple-Vosburgh Lecture Series: The Bible: Weapon or Wisdom? Drew University , 2004.

    Sacred Spaces, Sacred Traces on the Journey from Here to There, Honors Convocation Lecture, Drew University , 2001

    The Children of Israel : Reading the Bible for the Sake of Our Children, St. Andrews College , Saskatoon , Saskatchewan , 2001. (lecture series/ sermon).

    The Women of Genesis, (Luncheon keynote) The Women’s Resource Center , Summit , NJ

    Women at the Well: Excessive Reading and Artistic Imagination, Preaching and Postmodernism Conference, Drew University , Madison , NJ , 2001.

    The Children of Israel : Reading the Bible for the Sake of Our Children, (lecture series), Winter Refresher Conference, St. Andrews College , Saskatoon , Saskatchewan , 2001.

    Drawn to the Well: Biblical Women, Excessive Reading , and Artistic Imagination. (Co-presented with Gary A. Phillips) The University of the South, Sewanee , TN , 2000.

    Desiring More than Eden : Reading Eve in the 21 st Century, Plenary address, Women’s Conference: The Eve of the 21 st Century: Experiencing the Divine Feminine in the New Millennium, Cathedral of Hope, Dallas , TX 1999.

    Impersonations of God’s Presence: The Call of Rebekah, keynote sermon, The Eve of the 21 st Century: Experiencing the Divine Feminine in the New Millennium, Cathedral of Hope, Dallas , TX 1999.

    The Other Woman and the Other Child, Parkin-Wesley College, Alumni Gathering, Adelaide, South Australia, 1999.

    The Children Across the River, Parkin-Wesley College , Community Convocation, Adelaide , South Australia , 1999.

    Reading Beyond Betrothal: Biblical Women at the Well, Sophia (a Christian Feminist Spirituality Centre), Adelaide , Australia , 1999.

    The Children of Israel : Reading the Bible for the Sake of Our Children, (lecture series) Mid-Winter Clergy Convocation, Luther Seminary, St. Paul , MN , January, 1999.

    Noah’s Ark : Not Just a Story (or Not a Just Story) for Children Anymore , Plenary Address, Laity Week, Perkins School of Theology, March, 1998.

    Abraham’s Other Woman, Phi Theta Kappa and the United Christian Fellowship Spring Lecture Series, Navarro College , Corsicana , TX , February, 1998.

    The Children of Israel, The Lake Street Preaching Series, Eau Claire, WS, 1997.

    Water From the Well: Crossing the Testamental Divide , Fondren Lecture, Ministers Week, Perkins School of Theology, 1997.

    Images of Women in the First Testament, Godbey Lecture Series, Southern Methodist University , 1996.

    The Woman in the Web and Women at the Well: From Story to Story, From Story to Picture, Women in Ministry Week, Candler School of Theology , Emory University , 1996.

    Lo and Behold! Scandal, Scripture, and the Surprising Ways of God , The P’Pool Lectures, Ridgewood Park United Methodist Church , Dallas , TX , 1996.

    Debt and Debt Forgiveness in the Biblical Traditions, The Southwest Bankruptcy Institute (legal conference addressing the need for reform in the U.S. bankruptcy legal code) Dallas , TX , 1994.

    Women, Power, and Promise, Address to the Southwest Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, Dallas , TX , 1993.

    Keeping the Promise: The Stories of Abraham and Sarah, Ruth, Tamar, and Rahab , The Barton-Clinton Lectures, The Boston Avenue Church , Tulsa , OK , 1993.

    Gender and the Garden: New Trends in Feminist Criticism, Women in Ministry Luncheon, North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Arlington, TX, 1992.

    When There’s No Good News: On Telling Sad (Biblical) Stories, Perkins Alumni Dinner, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church , Shreveport , LA , 1992.

    New Trends in Feminist Theology , The Oreon C. Scott Lectures, Phillips Graduate Seminary, Tulsa , OK , 1992.

    Story and Meaning in Old Testament Literature , Godbey Lecture Series, Southern Methodist University, Fall, 1990.

    The People in the Book: Characters and Characterization in the First Testament, Perkins Alumni Breakfast, Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church , 1990.

    Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible: Affirmation, Resistance, and Transformation , SMU-Dallas Lecture Series, 1990.

    Keeping the Promise: Another Look at Abraham and Sarah , Conference of the Professions (legal, medical, clerical), Dallas , TX , 1990.

    Into the Fire: Faith and Politics in Daniel 3 , Perkins Alumni Banquet, Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX, 1989.

    Divine Calls, Human Responses: Another Look at Abraham and Sarah , Ministers’ Week Address, Perkins School of Theology, 1988.

    Professional Presentations

    Bak’s Impossible Memorials: Giving Face to the Children , joint session of Reading , Theory, and the Bible section, Society of Biblical Literature, and Art and Religion section, America n Academy of Religion, Philadelphia , PA , 2005.

    The Bible, Bak, and a World in Need of Repair: “Unseamly” Reading After the Holocaust, The Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, Philadelphia , 2005.

    The Bible, Bak, and a World in Need of Repair, Reading , Theory, and the Bible section, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta , 2003.

    Rape, Reading , and Representation: Feminist Criticism and Genesis 34, Feminist Hermeneutics and Women in the Biblical World sections, , Society of Biblical Literature, Toronto , Canada , 2002

    Resisting Daniel, Ideological Criticism Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Denver 2001

    Will you dance? On Pedagogy and the Bible (Panel presentation on the work of Daniel Patte) Semiotics and Exegesis Section, SBL, Denver , 2001

    Women on the Inside, Women on the Outside: the Politics of Characterization in Genesis, joint meeting of the Semiotics and Exegesis Section and the Women in the Biblical World section, SBL, Boston , 1999.

    The Gift: World Alteration and Obligation in 2 Kings 4, Conference on the Bible and Critical Theory, Sydney , Australia , 1999.

    Designing Biblical Women: Gustave Doré’s Visits to the Well , (co-authored), Semiotics and Exegesis Section, SBL, San Francisco , 1997.

    Converging on Babel , Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, St. John’s , Newfoundland , 1997.

    Babel and Pentecost , (co-authored with the Bible and Culture Collective), Reading , Theory, and the Bible Section, SBL, New Orleans , 1996.

    Fleshing Out the Word: Other Women at John’s Well , (co-authored), joint session of Semiotics and Exegesis and Reading, Rhetoric, and Hebrew Bible sections, national meeting of the AAR/SBL, Philadelphia, 1995.

    Whose Story is This Anyway? Judging the Subject of the Book of Judges , Southwest Regional meeting of the AAR/SBL, Dallas , TX , 1995.

    Introducing Students to the Bible: (S)electing Texts , (co-authored), Ideological Criticism Group, National Meeting of the AAR/SBL, Chicago , 1994.

    Deconstructive Criticism: Achsah and the (E)razed City of Writing , Perkins Faculty Symposium, Fall, 1994.

    Deconstruction and the Book of Judges , Literary Criticism and Biblical Criticism Section, National Meeting of the AAR/SBL, Washington , D.C. , 1993.

    Women Singing, Women Weeping, Women Reading: A Response to Womanist Readings of the Hebrew Bible , African-American Theology and Biblical Hermeneutics Group, National Meeting of the AAR/SBL, San Francisco, 1992.

    The Construction and Destruction of the Women in Judges , AAR/SBL, Kansas City , 1991.

    The Book of Judges: Speaking of Women , Southwest Biblical Studies Seminar, 1991.

    Tipping the Balance: Sternberg’s Reader and the Rape of Dinah , (co-authored) National Meeting of the AAR/SBL, Chicago , 1988.

    Controlling Desire: Women, Men and the Authority of Violence in Judges 4 and 5 , (co-authored) International Meeting of the SBL, Sheffield , England , 1988.

    Against Familiarity: The Women of Judges 4 and 5 , Southwestern Regional Meeting of the AAR/SBL, 1988.

    A Son is Born to Naomi! Literary Allusion and Interpretation in the Book of Ruth , (co-authored) Southwest Biblical Studies Seminar, 1988.

    Sons and Fathers: Reading Belshazzar’s Feast Contextually , National Meeting of the AAR/SBL, Boston , 1987.

    Pillars of Society: Measures of Worth in the Book of Ruth , (co-authored) Southeastern Regional Meeting of the AAR/SBL, 1987.

    Response to Norman Gottwald , Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism section, National Meeting of the AAR/SBL, Atlanta , 1986.

    A Son is Born to Naomi: Literary Allusion in the Book of Ruth , (co-authored) Southeastern Regional Meeting of the AAR/SBL, 1986.

    The Telling of a Tale: A Literary Reading of II Kings 18:13 – 19:37 , Southeastern Regional Meeting of the AAR/SBL, 1984.

    Church and Community Workshops, Courses, and Classes

    Abortion and the Bible, Adult Forum, St. John ‘s Episcopal Church, Boonton , NJ , 2006.

    Hannah’s Song , Adult Forum, The Boston Avenue Church (UMC), Tulsa , OK , 2006.

    Reading the Bible for the Sake of our Children . Sermon series, UMC Clergy Conference, Little Rock , Ark ansas , 2004

    Interrupting Our Reading : Biblical Violence against Children. Adult Forum Series, St. Peters Episcopal Church, Morristown , NJ , 2004.

    Hagar, Adult Forum, ChristChurch , Summit , NJ , 2003.

    The Plenetude and Politics of Scripture: Reading Responsibly in the 21 st Century, (lecture series); LaCrosse Area Synod of the Lutheran Church , LaCrosse, Wisconsin , 2000.

    Why Read Leviticus? Lay Academy , LaCrosse Area Synod of the Lutheran Church , 2000.

    Murder in the Toilet: Dealing with Violence in the Scripture, United Methodist Lay Academy , Anchorage , Alaska .

    The Old Testament as the Church’s Book: Readers and Responsibility, Clergy Workshop, Uniting Church , Adelaide presbytery, Adelaide , Australia , 1999.

    Preaching all of Abraham’s Story, Clergy Workshop, Uniting Church ,Wakefield Presbytery, South Australia , 1999.
    Biblical Characters, Contemporary Readers, and Ministerial Responsibility, Clergy Workshop, Uniting Church, Murray Bridge presbytery, South Australia, 1999.

    Compromising Redemption: Reading the Biblical Book of Ruth, Clergy and Lay Workshop, Uniting Church , Frome presbytery, South Australia , 1999.

    Visualizing the Bible: Biblical Women and Artistic Imagination, Sophia (a Christian Feminist Spirituality Centre), Adelaide , Australia , 1999.

    The Women of Genesis, Women’s Retreat, First United Methodist Church , Austin , TX , 1999.

    Reading the Bible in a Violent World, Clergy Seminar, Luther Seminary, January, 1999.

    When a Man Meets a Woman ¼ : Reading at the Crossroads of Biblical Narrative, Clergy and Lay continuing education course, (sponsored by Iliff School of Theology) Ring Lake Ranch, WY, 1998.

    The Ethics of Biblical Interpretation, Clergy Workshop, Eau Claire , WS, 1997.

    The Development of the Concept of God in the Old Testament , Highland Park UMC, 1996.

    Holy War and Bloody Murder: Dealing with Violence in the First Testament , The School of Theology for the Laity, the Disciples of Christ, 1996.

    Women at the Well: Romance, Redemption, and the Reading Process , In Search of Wisdom Laity Week, Perkins School of Theology, 1996.

    Women of Vision: Our Biblical Legacy , United Methodist Women’s Retreat, Wichita Falls , TX , 1996.

    Women at the Well , Women in Ministry Retreat, Oklahoma Conference of the UMC, 1995.

    The Old Testament as the Church’s Book: Readers and Responsibility , Ministers’ Week, Oklahoma Conference of the UMC, 1995.

    Reading Old Testament Narrative , North Louisiana Clergy Conference, UMC, 1995.

    The Old Testament as the Church’s Scripture , Lovers Lane UMC, Dallas , TX , 1995.

    Storytelling in the Bible , First United Methodist Church , McKinney , TX , February, 1995.

    Revisiting the Garden: Response and Responsibility , Ministers’ Week Workshops, Perkins School of Theology, February, 1995.

    Reading the Bible in a Multicultural Context , National Guild of Organists, Dallas, 1994.

    The Book of Ruth , First Presbyterian Church, Allen , TX , January – May, 1994.

    The Women of Genesis , Perkins Laity Week, 1994.

    Crisis, Compromise, and the Sovereignty of God: Religion and Politics in the Book of Daniel , Conference on Ministry, Little Rock , AK , 1994.

    Crossing the Border: Relating Redemption in the Book of Ruth , The Kansas Area School for Ministers, Hutchinson , KS , 1993.

    Crossing the Border: Relating Redemption in the Book of Ruth , The School of Theology for the Laity, (Disciples of Christ), Dallas , TX , 1993.

    Women, the Bible, Theology, and the Church , Northhaven UMC, Dallas , TX , 1992.

    Reading as a Woman: the Book of Genesis , Temple Shalom, Richardson , TX , 1992.

    Reading Biblical Narrative: The Book of Ruth , Perkins Laity Week, 1991.

    The Bible and Sexual Violence , Southern Methodist University , Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center , 1990.

    Love, Loyalty, and Violence: Women and Men in the Hebrew Bible , First Presbyterian Church, Columbus , GA , 1988.

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