Follow-up: Milestone Women in Biblical Studies

A short while back, I asked who you would include in a list of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament scholars who are women. In most cases, readers’ comments concerned the scholar’s landmark contributions to the field. In some cases, a choice was rooted more in the personal experience that a reader has had of a colleague, mentor, or teacher.

I began to annotate the list, but that not only got out of hand (=showed my ignorance), it also became all too controlling and editorial. So instead, I offer one link per figure: a faculty page or Wikipedia where possible, an Amazon or similar page where necessary: whatever is ready to hand that offers some starting information.

(Why do schools’ web sites hide their faculty pages so cleverly? Why do so many faculty lack a web page altogether, being relegated instead to cluttered, pointless, hyperlink-less lists? Why do so many academic sites bubble with enthusiasm for events that are “coming up” in 2006?)

Anyway: If you are aware of a better link for any of these folks, speak up in a comment and I’ll make additions.

Thank you all for your input. Don’t be shy about adding others in the comments, and let me know if I can improve the list with better links.

5 Responses

  1. I’m happy to see one of my former professors on the list (Cynthia Miller)!

    How about some textual critics? Here are two scholars who easily fall into your category of “major contributors” because of their outstanding work in Septuagint studies:

    Anneli Aejmelaeus (

    Alison Salvesen (

  2. Carol Myers’ faculty page:

  3. By the way, the link to the Shields book does not work. She’s also the only one on the list I’ve never heard of.

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