Cynthia (Cindy) Chapman

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

Education

  • 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.
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.15699/jbl.1382.2019.655524
  • 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. http://yalebooks.com/book/9780300197945/house-mother
  • 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. http://www.jhsonline.org/Articles/article_169.pdf

Fall 2021

New Testament and Christian Origins — JWST 208
New Testament and Christian Origins — RELG 208
Senior Project — ACHS 300
Biblical Biographies Told and Retold — JWST 306
Biblical Biographies Told and Retold — RELG 306
Senior Capstone in Jewish Studies — JWST 400

Spring 2022

The Nature of Suffering: The Book of Job and its History of Interpretation — RELG 202
The Garden of Eden in Literature, Art, and Film — JWST 203
The Garden of Eden in Literature, Art, and Film — RELG 203
The Nature of Suffering: The Book of Job and its History of Interpretation — JWST 231
Senior Project — ACHS 300

Notes

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).

 

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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.