Category: Biblical Studies


Kathryn Schifferdecker "Job‘s Speech About and to God" Summer In Lutheran Forum. vol. 43, no. 2, 2011 : 13-15

Describes the importance of lament, particularly the need to speak to and not just about God, in the book of Job and in the life of faith.

Kathryn Schifferdecker "And Also Many Animals: Biblical Resources for Preaching about Creation" Spring In Word & World. vol. 27, no. 2, 2007

Discusses issues in preaching about creation and describes texts that might be used in such preaching.

Joy Schroeder "Revelation 12: Female Figures and Figures of Evil" In Word & World. vol. 15, 1995 : 175-181

Schroeder examines the biblical and Greco-Roman background for John of Patmos‘s vision of a woman clothed with the sun, crowned with twelve stars, standing on the moon in Revelation 12. Appropriating elements of pagan imagery, John of Patmos argues that Israel, not the goddesses of Greco-Roman mythology, is the true queen of heaven.

Rivta H. Williams "Readers‘ Guide: Social Memory" In Biblical Theology Bulletin. vol. 41, no. 4, 2011 : 1-12

This article is intended to provide readers with an easily accessible overview of the concept of social memory, its roots in the work of Maurice Halbwachs, and the various ways that it is being used by biblical scholars to understand the history of the Bible and the nature of its contents.

Rivta H. Williams "Ethical Deliberation and the Biblical Text – A Lutheran Contribution to Reading the Bible" Spring In Intersections. vol. 22, 2006 : 21-25

In this article I lay out the contours of a Lutheran critical traditionalist hermeneutic that is ethically accountable while paying attention to the meaning of biblical texts and how they serve Christ‘s mission. I use this hermeneutic to critique Robert Gagnon‘s reading of Romans 1:18-32 and to offer an alternative reading of the same text.

Rivta H. Williams "Social Memory and the Didache" Spring In Biblical Theology Bulletin. vol. 36, 2006 : 35-39

This article explores the Didache as a written artifact of social memory documenting the socialization program of a particular network of Israelite Jesus people. Drawing on the work of sociologist Jeffry Olick, I demonstrate that the Didache establishes among non-Israelite recruits by incorporating a specific Jesus group memory genre, the sayings of Jesus, into a more widely known Mediterranean memory genre, the two ways discourse.

Rivta H. Williams "Mother of Jesus at Cana: A Social-Science Interpretation of John 2:1-12" In Catholic Biblical Quarterly. vol. 59, no. 4, 1997 : 679-692

This article demonstrates how using cultural anthropological insights about ancient Mediterranean life enhances a contemporary reading of biblical texts. The interaction of Jesus and Mary occurs within the context of honor-shame cultures at the nexus of gendered space (ordinarily private space becomes temporarily public for a wedding), reliance on patronage networks for access to goods and services, and unique character of mother-son relations.

Rivta H. Williams "Lifting the Veil: A Social Science Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16cr" In Consensus. vol. 12, no. 1, 1997 : 53-60

In this article I demonstrate the utility of the cultural anthropological models in the exegesis of a difficult text. Here the role of women in honor-shame cultures in which there is not only a gendered division of labor but also gendered space helps us understand and evaluate Paul‘s argument for the veiling of women who pray and prophesy in the assembly.