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Parker, Julie Faith

Julie Faith Parker

Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible

B.A., Hamilton College
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary in New York City
S.T.M., Yale Divinity School
Ph.D., Yale University

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Julie Faith Parker earned her Ph.D. with distinction in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Yale University.  Her research interests include children in the Hebrew Bible, feminist interpretation, and ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures. Her forthcoming book, Valuable and Vulnerable: Children in the Hebrew Bible, Especially the Elisha Cycle (currently in press), will be published in Brown University’s Judaic Study Series.  She has also published on Ugaritic literature, prophecy, and biblical translation.  Parker was selected as one of five scholars nationally to receive the Society of Biblical Literature’s Regional Scholar Award for 2013.

In addition to her work in the academy, Julie Faith Parker is very involved in the life of the Church.  Parker is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church (New York Annual Conference) and has worked full-time in congregational ministry.  Prior to returning to school for a second Master’s degree and then doctoral studies, she served as the Protestant Chaplain at Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York) for eight years.  During this time, she also published four (non-academic) books on the topics of clergywomen, homelessness, teen ethics, and leadership. She is very involved in her current congregation (PC USA), where she sings in the choir, teaches adult education, and leads the annual women’s retreat.

She is married to the Rev. Dr. Bill Crawford, and they are the proud parents of a son, Graham, and a daughter, Mari.