Cynthia (Cindy) Chapman

  • Adelia A.F. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Professor of Religion


  • BA, Kalamazoo College, 1987
  • MDiv, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 1991
  • ThD, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, 2002

  • “The Breath of Life: Speech, Gender and Authority in the Garden of Eden,” Journal of Biblical Literature 138 vol. 2 (2019): 241-262.
  • The cover of Cindy Chapman's book "The House of the Mother"The House of the Mother: The Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry. Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2016.
  • The Gendered Language of Warfare in the Israelite-Assyrian Encounter. Harvard Semitic Monographs 62. Winona Lake, Ind: Eisenbrauns, 2004.
  • “Sculpted Warriors: Sexuality and the Sacred in the Depiction of Warfare in the Assyrian Palace Reliefs and in Ezekiel 23:14-17,” Lectio Difficilior (January 2007).
  • “‘Oh that you were like a brother to me, One who had nursed at my mother’s breasts.’ Breast Milk as a Kinship-Forging Substance.” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 12 article 7 (2012): 1-42.

Spring 2024

Senior Project — ACHS 300
Humanities Capstone — HUMS 400

Fall 2024

Senior Project — ACHS 300


Cindy Chapman Awarded NEH Summer Stipend

April 24, 2024

Professor of Religion Cindy Chapman received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support her research on a book titled Mother-born Nations: Maternal Markings of Ethnic Insiders and Outsiders in the Bible and Pseudepigrapha. The book will establish the biblical roots for the matrilineal principle in Judaism.

Cindy Chapman Receives Award, Authors, and Presents

November 7, 2017

Cindy Chapman, professor of religion, was awarded "Best Book Relating to the Hebrew Bible" for 2017 by the Biblical Archaeology Society for her recently published book, The House of the Mother: The Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry (Yale University Press, 2016).

This year, Chapman also presented a paper entitled, "The Hebrew Mother of Seven: An Ingathering of Antecedents," on October 13, 2017, for the Biblical Studies Seminar at New College, University of Edinburgh, and she co-authored with Michael Coogan the fourth edition of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (Oxford University Press, 2017).



Jewish Studies Program Experiences Renewal

August 26, 2019

New faculty members and new programming offer students a robust experience in the study of Jewish history, culture, religious tradition, and literature.