Rob’s Top 5 Female Biblical Scholars are:
- Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale): Her work is exceptional and with my interest in Second Temple apocalyptic thought, much of her work has influenced my own development and present thought. She is erudite, articulate, and in my view a most important voice in the community of scholarship, especially with respect to Jewish apocalypticism and the New Testament.
- Jamie Clark-Soles (Perkins School of Theology, SMU): Clark-Soles wrote a very provocative book on Death and the Afterlife in the New Testament along with several other works. I have had the opportunity to meet her briefly and she is not only extremely sharp, but very kind as well.
- Carolyn Osiek (formerly of Brite Divinity School): Osiek’s work is vast and social-science is certainly a primary model for her. I have had the pleasure of meeting her as well and attending a scholarly dialogue (paper reading/response) that she attended and participated in also. To watch her in action was really incredible. I was deeply impressed by both her professionalism and her brilliance. I hopefully will be taking a course with her in the Winter semester.
- Margret M. Mitchell (University of Chicago): I have always been impressed with her work in Graeco-Roman studies and the New Testament. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet her when I visited UChi because she was on sabbatical 😦
- Paula Fredriksen (Boston University): Her work has always been thought provoking to me and very compelling to read.
There you go, my top 5.