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Rev. Wil Gafney presents Women’s History Month Lecture at Whitworth University on April 28

April 14, 2016
Whitworth’s Women’s and Gender Studies is honored to host the Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, for a Women’s History Month lecture, “Womanist Midrash: A Womanist Approach to Reading, Translating and Interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures.” The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-4371.

Gafney is the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible.  She is an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and licensed in the Diocese of Fort Worth. A former member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Center, in Philadelphia, she has co-taught courses with and for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Seminary in Wyncote, Penn.

In her lecture, Gafney will draw from her forthcoming book, Womanist Midrash: A ReIntroduction to the Women of the Torah and of the Throne (in press, Westminster/John Knox Press), to analyze a group of biblical narratives, translating and interpreting them in light of womanist and feminist scholarship and hermeneutics. Sponsors of the event include Whitworth’s U.S. Cultural Studies program, the Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Church Engagement.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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