Phyllis Trible (1932- ); BA, Meredith College; PhD, Union Theological Seminary (Columbia)Edit


Phyllis Trible


Phyllis Trible taught at Wake Forest University, Andover-Newton Theological School, and finally at Union Theological Seminary, where she became the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature in 1980, the first woman to hold the post, and only the fourth woman to be appointed full professor at Union. In 1998 she became the first Dean of the new Wake Forest School of Divinity. Trible also served as the president of the Society of Biblical Literature in 1994.

Trible is one of the foundational figures in feminist biblical interpretation. Her two most famous books, God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality (1978) and Texts of Terror (1984), have become essential readings in biblical studies. She works on depatriarchalizing the Hebrew Bible (see also Phyllis Trible, “Depatriarchalizing in Biblical Interpretation,” JAAR 41/1973: 30-48.), highlighting the neglected female imagery used for God (God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality) and exploring oft-neglected tragic stories of biblical woman (Texts of Terror). She also focuses on literary and rhetorical criticism and is the author of a guide to rhetorical criticism: Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah (1994).

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