Editorial Board

Elżbieta Adamiak

Ulrike Bechmann

Christl M. Maier

Shelly Matthews

Moisés Mayordomo

Martti Nissinen

Ulrike Sals

Susanne Scholz

Angela Standhartinger

Hanna Stenström

Kristin De Troyer


Elżbieta Adamiak (*1964) study of theology in Lublin (Poland), Regensburg (Germany) and Nijmegen (the Netherlands). 1994 PhD on the subject of „Das Marienbild in der feministischen Theologie von Catharin Halkes“ at the Catholic University in Lublin, 2012 habilitation on the subject of „Communio Sanctorum. Grundriss einer ökumenisch orientierten dogmatischen Theologie der Gemeinschaft der Heiligen“ at the University of Poznań (Poland). Since 1998 she is research assistant at the department for dogmatic theology at the University of Poznań. She is a member of the European Society of Woman in Theological Research (ESWTR – board member: 1999-2003), the European Society for Catholic Theology, the Polish Society for Dogmatic Theology, and the Polish Society for Mariology. She is co-organizer of the Central and Eastern European ESWTR regional conference. In 2007-2009 she was part of a project of the European Commission: „Religions and Values in Central and Eastern Europe“.

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Ulrike Bechmann (*1958) is Professor for Religious Studies at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Graz, Austria (since March 2007). After her studies in Catholic Theology at the University of Bamberg, Germany, she obtained her doctorate in Old Testament Studies in 1988 by means of a scholarship from the Cusanuswerk. Subsequently she took up her studies in Islamic and Arabic studies at the University of Bamberg (degree: 1996). From 1989 to 1999 she worked as a full-time chief executive and theological consultant of the German committee of the Women’s World Day of Prayer, the oldest international ecumenical women’s movement. From 1999 to 2007 she was research assistant at the chair of Catholic Theology at the Faculty of cultural studies, University of Bayreuth (Germany) where she habilitated in 1994. Among others she is a member of the European Society of Woman in Theological  Research (ESWTR) and the Austrian Society for Religious Studies (ÖGRW). Her research focuses are feminist Bible reading, Ancient Near East, Near East, comparative religious studies, interfaith dialogue and ecumenism of women.

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Christl M. Maier, (*1962) is Professor of Old Testament at Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. After having studied protestant theology in Tübingen and Berlin she achieved her Doctor of Theology in 1994 and completed her habilitation in 2000 at the Humboldt-University Berlin. She has taught among others in Augsburg, Hamburg, Kassel as well as Pietermaritzburg (South Africa). 2003-2006 she taughht as Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Yale-University, Divinity School, in New Haven, USA. In 1991-2003 she was member of the Hedwig Jahnow Research Group, Marburg, that was working on feminist methodology and hermeneutics in the Hebrew Bible. She is member of the European Society of Women in Theological Research (ESWTR), the Society of Biblical Literature, the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie and of the Steering Commitee of the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag. She is editor in chief of Vetus Testamentum Supplementum (Brill, Leiden) and member of the board of editors of the Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL) and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (JSOT). Her main areas of research are Wisdom literature, prophecy, and feminist hermeneutics. Currently she is working on a commentary on Jeremiah for the IEKAT-Series (Kohlhammer, Stuttgart), together with Carolyn J. Sharp, Yale Divinity School.

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Shelly Matthews (*1961) is Professor of New Testament at the Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.  She received her ThD in 1998 from Harvard Divinity School, under the direction of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza whom she assisted in the editing of the two-volume feminist commentary, Searching the Scriptures. She is an ordained United Methodist Minister, and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the North American Patristics Society (NAPS).  Her research interests include feminist historiography, Luke-Acts, and Religious Violence. She is currently completing a monograph with the working title, Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Making of Gentile Christianity.

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Moisés Mayordomo, (*1966) is Professor for New Testament at the Faculty of Theology, University of Basel, since 2014. After his studies of theology in Gießen, London, Heidelberg and Bern, he took his doctoral degree in 1997 and habilitated 2004 in Bern. There he taught first as a lecturer and since 2012 as associated professor. His research focuses are hermeneutics and methods of literary criticism, the reception history of the New Testament, gender theories and masculinity in ancient texts, Paul’s argumentation and New Testament peace ethics.

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Martti Nissinen (*1959) is Professor of Old Testament studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, Germany. He achieved his Doctor of Theology in 1992 at the University of Helsinki where he has taught ever since. Before his current appointment, he has been research fellow of the Academy of Finland (1994-2002) and Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East at the University of Helsinki (2002-2007). In 2008-9, he was member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA. He is currently chairman of the board of the Foundation for the Finnish Institute in the Middle East and director of the Centre of Excellence of the Academy of Finland (Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions).
Nissinen’s main areas of research are prophecy in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean and ancient interpretations of gender. He has published and lectured extensively on same-sex issues, Song of Songs and ancient love poetry, and masculinity.



Ulrike Sals (* 1971) is a feminist exegete. She studied Protestant Theory of Religion and German in Paderborn and Bethel/Bielefeld, and did her doctorate in Bochum in 2003. In 2014, she achieved her postdoctoral lecture qualification in Rostock. She worked, teached and researched at different Universities (Würzburg, Greifswald, Berlin, Bern, Hamburg) and was the editor of lectio difficilior from 2004 to 2010.

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Susanne Scholz Ph.D., is Professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.  Her research engages feminist biblical hermeneutics, epistemologies and sociologies of biblical interpretation, and cultural and literary methodologies.  She received a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, under the direction of Phyllis Trible.  She also studied Protestant Theology at the Universities of Mainz, Heidelberg, and Jerusalem’s Hebrew University (under the auspices of “Studium in Israel”) with additional degrees: “Erste Kirchliche Examen” (M.Div. equivalent), S.T.M., M.Phil.  She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), American Academy of Religion (AAR), Catholic Biblical Association (CBA), European Society of Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS), and European Society of Women in Theological Research (ESWTR; chair of the North American Chapter [NA ESWTR]).

Contact information: →www.susanne-scholz.com

She is series editor of Feminist Studies and Sacred Texts, published by → Lexington Books, and welcomes proposals to the series; for more information, visit: http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/FLyer-Feminist-Studies-and-Sacred-Texts-series-final-version.pdf

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Prof. Dr. Angela Standhartinger (*1964)
is professor of New Testament Studies at the Philipps-University in Marburg since 2000. From 1983–1990 she studied theology in Frankfurt a.M., Munich and Heidelberg. 1994 she finished her PhD with a thesis on „Das Frauenbild im Judentum der hellenistischen Zeit. Ein Beitrag anhand von Joseph und Aseneth“ (AGJU 26;  Leiden 1995). Her habilitation treatise „Studien zur Entstehungsgeschichte und Intention des Kolosserbriefs“ (NT.S 94; Leiden, Boston, Köln 1999) followed in 1998. From 1998–1999 she was a vicar at the St. Katharinengemeinde in Frankfurt (EKHN) and in the summer of 2000, she was visiting professor at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. Among her subjects of research are the Pauline and post Pauline literature, meal traditions of ancient Christianity against their cultural background as well as early Jewish and Christian history of gender.



Hanna Stenström (*1963) received her doctorate in New Testament Exegesis at the Faculty of Theology, University of Uppsala, in 1999 with The Book of Revelation: A Vision of the Ultimate Liberation or the Ultimate Backlash? A study in 20th Century interpretations of Rev. 14:1-5, with special emphasis on feminist exegesis. 
Stenström has taught New Testament, mainly at the University of Uppsala and been a researcher at the Church of Sweden Research Unit (2006-2012). At present, she is an independent scholar.   
Stenström’s main research interests are: Feminist exegesis (especially on the Book of Revelation), issues concerning ethical and political dimensions of biblical scholarship, history of  biblical scholarship (especially in 20th Century Sweden), women as interpreters of the Bible in 19th and 20th Century, and feminist theology in general.

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Kristin De Troyer (* 1963) is Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. After defending her PhD in Leiden in 1997, and after having taught Old Testament for ten years at the Catholic Seminary of Breda (the Netherlands) she moved in 1998 to the Claremont School of Theology and the Claremont Graduate University, where she stayed till 2008. She is guest lecturer at St Katherine’s College in San Diego, at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University and was twice selected to offer the Summer Institute for Text Criticism at the Academy of Sciences in Goettingen and the Theological Faculty at the University of Goettingen. Since 2000, she is chair of the Program Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting. She is on the executive committee of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies and was a member of the SBL Council. She is also a member of ESWTR (Belgium section). She has focused her research on literature from the Second Temple Period, esp. the Septuagint, and has developed a special interest in the history of the biblical text, its translations and their hermeneutical aspects.