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Carole R. Fontaine
Distinguished Taylor Professor of Biblical Theology and History


B.A., Florida State University
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
Ph.D., Duke University

curriculum vitae


An internationally recognized feminist scholar in Hebrew Bible, Carole Fontaine brings her expertise into the classroom with lively use of digital and art resources to make the Bible come alive. She is the author of Smooth Words: Women, Proverbs and Performance in Biblical Wisdom, and is co-editor of the biblical ‘classic’ text, A Feminist Companion to Reading the Bible: Approaches, Methods, Strategies as well as several volumes of the Feminist Companion to the Bible series and over 100 articles. She was a recipient of a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology for the 2008-2009 academic year.

A long time Human Rights defender, she has served extensively on governing boards of Women’s Human Rights NGOs that study the impact of religion on women’s status, rights and freedom, especially in Muslim theocracies. She has written extensively on feminist theological topics, including disability. Her most recent publications are a book on war captives and torture in biblical times, entitled With Eyes of Flesh: The Bible, Gender and Human Rights (2008), and a collection of her own poetry, Only When Women Sing: Poems on Human Rights (2009). She has numerous media credits (BBC; C-Span; Discovery Channel; National Geographic, and Arts & Entertainment Networks) and serves on the Editorial Boards for Journal of Biblical Literature, Women in Judaism, and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. She is Religion Editor of the World Book Encyclopedia, and her translations and study notes have appeared in the HarperCollins Study Bible and the New American Bible, Revised Edition.  Fontaine joined the faculty in 1979 and retired in 2016.

Primary course areas:
Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Wisdom Literature
Interpretation Methods
Hebrew Language
Feminist Interpretation

See the Andover Newton course schedule for current course offerings.

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