The University of Sheffield
Department of Biblical Studies

Emeritus Professor Cheryl Exum

Qualifications: Wake Forest University, North Carolina, and Columbia University, New York
Email: j.c.exum@sheffield.ac.uk
Professor Exum has done research in Israel and Germany, and was Professor at Boston College until her appointment in Sheffield in 1993.

Research interests

Research supervision

Current postgraduate research students:

Selected publications

Other professional activities

Publications

Monographs

Tragedy and Biblical Narrative: Arrows of the Almighty. Cambrigde: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Fragmented Women: Feminist (Sub)versions of Biblical Narratives. Sheffield: JSOT Press; Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1993.

Plotted, Shot, and Painted: Cultural Representations of Biblical Women. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Series. 215; Gender, Culture, Theory, 3. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996.

Was sagt das Richterbuch den Frauen? Stuttgarter Bibelstudien, 169; Stuttgart: Katholisches Bibelwerk, 1997.

Song of Songs, A Commentary. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2005.

Edited Volumes

Tragedy and Comedy in the Bible. Semeia 32. Decatur, GA: Scholars Press, 1984.

Reasoning with the Foxes: Female Wit in a World of Male Power, co-edited with Johanna W. H. Bos. Semeia 42. Decatur, GA: Scholars Press, 1988.

Signs and Wonders: Biblical Texts in Literary Focus. Semeia Studies. Decatur, GA: Scholars Press, 1989.

The New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible, co-edited with David J. A. Clines. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 143. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993.

Essays on Archaeology and the Bible in Honor of Philip J. King, edited with Michael D. Coogan and Lawrence E. Stager. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1994. [Winner, Biblical Archaeology Society Best Book on Archaeology, 1995.]

The Historical Books: A Sheffield Reader. The Biblical Seminar, 40. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.

Biblical Studies/Cultural Studies: The Third Sheffield Colloquium, co-edited with Stephen D. Moore. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 266; Gender, Culture, Theory, 7. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.

Beyond the Biblical Horizon: The Bible and the Arts. Leiden: Brill, 1998.

Virtual History and the Bible. Leiden: Brill, 2000.

Reading from Right to Left: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of David J.A. Clines, co-edited with H.G.M. Williamson. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 373; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003.

Das Alte Testament und die Kunst, co-edited with Manfred Oeming and John Barton. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2005.

Articles

‘The Structure of Paul’s Speech to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20, 18-35)’, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 29 (1967) 233-236 (with Charles Talbert).

‘A Literary and Structural Analysis of the Song of Songs’, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 85 (1973) 47-79.

‘Images of Women in the Bible’, with Mary Wakeman et al., in The Bible and Liberation, a Radical Religion Reader (1976) 137-144.

‘Isaiah 28-32: A Literary Approach’, Society of Biblical Literature 1979 Seminar Papers (ed. P. Achtemeier; Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1979), vol. 2, pp. 123-151.

‘Promise and Fulfillment: Narrative Art in Judges 13’, Journal of Biblical Literature 99 (1980) 43-59.

‘Aspects of Symmetry and Balance in the Samson Saga’, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 19 (1981) 3-29. Errata in JSOT 20 (1981) 90.

‘Asseverative ’al in Canticles 1:6?’ Biblica 62 (1981) 416-419.

‘Of Broken Pots, Fluttering Birds, and Visions in the Night: Extended Simile and Poetic Technique in Isaiah’, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 43 (1981) 331-352.

‘“Whom Will He Teach Knowledge?”’: A Literary Approach to Isaiah 28’, in Art and Meaning: Rhetoric in Biblical Literature (ed. D. J. A. Clines, D. M. Gunn, and A. J. Hauser; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplements 19; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1982), pp. 108-139.

‘The Theological Dimension of the Samson Saga’, Vetus Testamentum 33 (1983) 30-45.

‘“You Shall Let Every Daughter Live”: A Study of Exodus 1:8-2:10’, in The Bible and Feminist Hermeneutics (ed. M. A. Tolbert; Semeia 28; Scholars Press, 1983), pp. 63-82.

‘Isaac, Samson and Saul: Reflections on the Comic and Tragic Visions’, with
J. W. Whedbee, in Tragedy and Comedy in the Bible (ed. J. C. Exum; Semeia 32; Scholars Press, 1984), pp. 5-40.

‘“A Mother in Israel”: A Familiar Figure Reconsidered’, in Feminist
Interpretation of the Bible (ed. L. M. Russell; Philadelphia: Westminster; Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985), pp. 73-85.

Articles for Harper’s Bible Dictionary. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985: ‘Deborah”; ‘Jezebel’; ‘Michal’; ‘nurse’; ‘Sarah’ (signed); ‘Ehud’; ‘Delaiah’; ‘Delilah’(unsigned).

‘The Mothers of Israel: The Patriarchal Narratives from a Feminist Perspective’, Bible Review vol. 2 no. 1 (Spring, 1986) 60-67.

‘The Book of Judges’, in Harper’s Bible Commentary. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988, pp. 245-261.

‘“Mutter in Israel”: Eine vertraute Gestalt neu betrachtet’, in Befreien wir das Wort (ed. L. M. Russell; Munich: Kaiser, 1989), pp. 85-100.

‘The Tragic Vision and Biblical Narrative: The Case of Jephthah’, in Signs and Wonders: Biblical Texts in Literary Focus (ed. J. C. Exum; Semeia Studies; Decatur, GA: Scholars Press, 1989), pp. 59-83.

‘Murder They Wrote: Ideology and the Manipulation of Female Presence in Biblical Narrative’, Union Seminary Quarterly Review 43 (1989) 19-39.

‘Isaac, Samson and Saul: Reflections on the Comic and Tragic Visions’, with J. W. Whedbee, reprinted in On Humour and the Comic in the Hebrew Bible (ed. Y. T. Radday and A. Brenner; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1990), pp. 117-159.

‘The Centre Cannot Hold: Thematic and Textual Instabilities in Judges’, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 52 (1990) 410-431.

‘Murder They Wrote: Ideology and the Manipulation of Female Presence in Biblical Narrative,” reprinted in The Pleasure of Her Text (ed. A. Bach; Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1990), pp. 45-67.

‘Murder They Wrote: Ideology and the Manipulation of Female Presence in Biblical Narrative’, reprinted in Telling Queen Michal’s Story, An Experiment in Comparative Interpretation (ed. D. J. A. Clines and T. C. Eskenazi; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1991), pp. 176-198.

Articles for Anchor Bible Dictionary: New York : Doubleday, 1992: ‘Delilah’; ‘Manoah’; ‘Timnite’.

‘Of Broken Pots, Fluttering Birds, and Visions in the Night: Extended Simile and Poetic Technique in Isaiah’, reprinted in Beyond Form Criticism: Essays in Old Testament Literary Criticism (ed. P. R. House; Sources for Biblical and Theological Studies, 2; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1993), pp. 349-373.

‘Isaac, Samson and Saul: Reflections on the Comic and Tragic Visions’, with J. W. Whedbee, reprinted in Beyond Form Criticism: Essays in Old Testament Literary Criticism (ed. P. R. House; Sources for Biblical and Theological Studies, 2; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1993), pp. 272-309.

‘Who’s Afraid of “The Endangered Ancestress”?’in The New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible (ed. J. C. Exum and D. J. A. Clines; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 143; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993), pp. 91-113.

‘The New Literary Criticism’, with D. J. A. Clines, in The New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible (ed. J. C. Exum and D. J. A. Clines; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 143; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993), pp. 11-25.

‘On Judges 11’, in A Feminist Companion to Judges (ed. A. Brenner; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993), pp. 131-144.

‘“You Shall Let Every Daughter Live”: A Study of Exodus 1:8-2:10’ reprinted in A Feminist Companion to Exodus to Deuteronomy (ed. A. Brenner; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1994), pp. 37-61.

‘Second Thoughts about Secondary Characters: Women in Exodus 1:8-2:10’, in A Feminist Companion to Exodus to Deuteronomy (ed. A. Brenner; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1994), pp. 75-87.

‘The Mothers of Israel’, reprinted in Approaches to the Bible: The Best of Bible Review, Vol. 2, A Multitude of Perspectives (ed. H. Minkoff; Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society, 1995), pp. 273-79.

‘Feminist Criticism: Whose Interests Are Being Served?’ in Judges and Method (ed. G. A. Yee; Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1995), pp. 65-90.

‘Michal at the Movies’, in The Bible in Human Society: Essays in Honor of John Rogerson (ed. M. D. Carroll R., D. J. A. Clines, and P. R. Davies; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 200; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995), pp. 273-292.

‘The Ethics of Biblical Violence against Women’, in The Bible and Ethics: The Second Sheffield Colloquium (ed. J. W. Rogerson, M. Davies, and M. D. Carroll R.; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 207; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995), pp. 246-269.

‘Bathsheba Plotted, Shot, and Painted’, in Biblical Glamour and Hollywood Glitz (ed. Alice Bach; Semeia 74; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996), pp. 47-73.

‘Harvesting the Biblical Narrator’s Scanty Plot of Ground: A Holistic Approach to Judges 16:4-22’, in Tehillah le-Moshe: Biblical and Judaic Studies in Honor of Moshe Greenberg (ed. Mordechai Cogan, Barry L. Eichler, and Jeffrey H. Tigay; Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1997), pp. 39-46.

‘Rizpah’, Word & World 17 (1997), pp. 260-68.

‘Developing Strategies of Feminist Criticism/Developing Strategies for Commentating the Song of Songs’, in Auguries: The Jubilee Volume of the Sheffield Department of Biblical Studies (ed. David J. A. Clines and Stephen D. Moore; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), pp. 206-249.

‘Das Buch der Richter: Verschlüsselte Botschaften für Frauen’, in Kompendium feministische Bibelauslegung (ed. Luise Schottroff and Marie-Theres Wacker; Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 1998), pp. 90-103.

‘Lovis Corinth’s Blinded Samson’, Biblical Interpretation 6 (1998), pp. 410-425 [also in Beyond the Biblical Horizon: The Bible and the Arts; ed. J.C. Exum; Leiden: Brill, 1998, pp. 152-167].

‘Beyond the Biblical Horizon: The Bible and the Arts’, Biblical Interpretation 6 (1998), pp. 259-265 [also in Beyond the Biblical Horizon: The Bible and the Arts; ed. J.C. Exum; Leiden: Brill, 1998, pp. 1-7].

‘Semiotics in Stained Glass: Edward Burne-Jones’s Song of Songs’, with Fiona C. Black, in The Bible and Cultural Studies: The Third Sheffield Colloquium (ed. J. Cheryl Exum and Stephen D. Moore; Gender Culture Theory, 7; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 266; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), pp. 315-342.

‘Biblical Studies/Cultural Studies’, with Stephen D. Moore, in The Bible and Cultural Studies: The Third Sheffield Colloquium (ed. J. Cheryl Exum and Stephen D. Moore; Gender Culture Theory, 7; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 266; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), pp. 19-45.

‘“Is This Naomi?”: Misreading, Gender Blurring, and the Biblical Book of Ruth’, in The Practice of Cultural Analysis: Exposing Interdisciplinary Interpretation (ed. Mieke Bal; Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999), pp. 189-202.

‘How Does the Song of Songs Mean? On Reading the Poetry of Desire’, Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok 64 (1999), pp. 47-63.

‘In the Eye of the Beholder: Wishing, Dreaming, and double entendre in the Song of Songs’, in The Labour of Reading: Desire, Alienation and Biblical Interpretation (Semeia Studies; ed. Fiona C. Black, Roland Boer, and Erin Runions; Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1999), pp. 71-86.

‘Why Virtual History? Alternatives, Counterfactuals, and the Bible’, in Virtual History and the Bible (ed. J. Cheryl Exum; Leiden: Brill, 2000), pp. 1-7 [also in Biblical Interpretation 8, 1 & 2 (2000), pp. 1-7].

‘Feminist Study of the Old Testament’, in Text in Context (ed. Andrew D. H. Mayes; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 86-115.

Articles for Women in Scripture (ed. Carol Meyers, Toni Craven, and Ross Kraemer; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000): ‘Delilah’; ‘Michal’; ‘daughter of Pharaoh’; ‘mother of Samson’; ‘wife of Samson’; ‘younger sister of Samson’s wife’; ‘prostitute of Gaza’; ‘Philistine women’; ‘virgin daughter of old man of Gibeah’.

‘Ten Things Every Feminist Should Know about the Song of Songs’, in A Feminist Companion to the Song of Songs, Second Series (ed. Athalya Brenner and Carole Fontaine; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000), pp. 22-33.

Revision of ‘The Book of Judges’,(Harper’s Bible Commentary), in HarperCollins Bible Commentary. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2000.

‘The Centre Cannot Hold: Thematic and Textual Instabilities in Judges’, reprinted in Reconsidering Israel and Judah: Recent Studies on the Deuteronomistic History (ed. G. N. Knoppers and J. G. McConville; Sources for Biblical and Theological Study, 8; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2000), pp. 578-600.

‘Desire Distorted and Exhibited: Lot and His Daughters in Psychoanalysis, Painting, and Film’, in “A Wise and Discerning Mind”: Essays in Honor of Burke O. Long (ed. Saul M. Olyan and Robert C. Culley; Brown Judaic Studies, 325; Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 2000), pp. 83-108.

‘Lethal Woman 2: Reflections on Delilah and Her Incarnation as Liz Hurley’, in Borders, Boundaries and the Bible (ed. Martin O’Kane; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002), pp. 254-73.

‘“The Voice of My Lover’: Double Voice and Poetic Illusion in Song of Songs 2.8-3.5’, in Reading from Right to Left: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of David J.A. Clines (ed. J. Cheryl Exum and H.G.M. Williamson; Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 373; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003), pp. 146-57.

‘Seeing Solomon’s Palanquin (Song of Songs 3:6-11)’, BibInt 11 (2003), pp. 301-16.

‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle’, in Feminism and Theology (ed. Janet Martin Soskice and Diana Lipton; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 123-43 [reprinted from Plotted, Shot, and Painted (1996)].

‘Seeing the Song of Songs: Some Artistic Visions of the Bible’s Love Lyrics, in Das Alte Testament und die Kunst (ed. John Barton, J. Cheryl Exum, and Manfred Oeming; Münster: Lit Verlag, 2005), pp. 91-127.