J. Cheryl Exum

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Jo Cheryl Exum
Born May 1946
Nationality British
Occupation Biblical scholar
Title Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield
Academic background
Education Wake Forest University, Columbia University
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Institutions Boston College
University of Sheffield

Jo Cheryl Exum (born May 1946) is a feminist biblical scholar. She is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Exum studied at Wake Forest University and Columbia University, and previously taught at Boston College.[1] She served as part of the translation team for the New Revised Standard Version.[2]

In 2011, a Festschrift was published in her honour. A Critical Engagement: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of J. Cheryl Exum (ISBN 1907534334) included contributions by David Clines, Ellen van Wolde, and Michael Fox.

On January 30, 2015 Exum received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University.[3]

Selected works[edit]


  • Exum, J. Cheryl (1992). Tragedy and biblical narrative : arrows of the Almighty. Cambridge, England & New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-5214-1073-1. OCLC 24246582. 
  • ———; Clines, David J. A. (1993). The New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament - Supplement series. 143. Sheffield, England: JSOT Press. ISBN 978-1-8507-5424-4. OCLC 29426176. 
  • ——— (1993). Fragmented Women: feminist (sub)versions of biblical narratives. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament - Supplement series. 163. Sheffield, England: JSOT Press. ISBN 978-1-5633-8018-1. OCLC 28148470. 
  • ——— (1996). Plotted, Shot, and Painted: cultural representations of biblical women. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament - Supplement series. 215. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-8507-5592-0. OCLC 36220021. 
  • ———, ed. (1999). Beyond the Biblical Horizon: The Bible and the Arts. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-9-0041-1290-2. 
  • ——— (2005). Song of Songs: a commentary. Old Testament Library. Louisville, KY: Westminster, John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-6642-2190-4. OCLC 58789333.