Katharine Doob Sakenfeld is the William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis. M.A., University of Rhode Island; B.D., Harvard University Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard University; S.T.D. (Hon.), Hastings College. Her research focuses primarily on biblical narratives concerning the premonarchical period and on feminist biblical hermeneutics. She served as a member of the NRSV translation committee and as a co-editor of the Oxford Study Bible (1992) and Reading the Bible as Women: Perspectives from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Semeia 78 (1997). She has published commentaries on Numbers (1995) and Ruth (Interpretation, 1999), and was General Editor of the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon, 5 vols., 2006-09). She has published many articles on feminist interpretation, with a special focus on voices from diverse cultural contexts. She is also interested in methodology for the task of historical reconstruction, particularly the balancing of social science, textual, and archaeological resources for understanding the emergence of Israel. In 2007 she was President of the Society of Biblical Literature. A Presbyterian clergywoman, Sakenfeld is the past moderator of her presbytery. She has been a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches since 1999. (Presbyterian)
Professor Sakenfeld's most recent publications include Just Wives? Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today (Westminster/John Knox, 2003); “Naomi’s Cry: Reflections on Ruth 1:20-21” in A God So Near: Essays on Old Testament Theology in Honor of Patrick D. Miller, ed. B. A. Strawn and N. R. Bowen (Eisenbrauns, 2003); “Why Perez? Reflections on David’s Genealogy” in David and Zion: biblical studies in honor of J.J.M. Roberts, ed. B. F. Batto and K. L. Roberts (Eisenbrauns, 2004); “Postcolonial Perspectives on Premonarchic Women” in To Break Every Yoke: Essays in Honor of Marvin L. Chaney, ed. N. Gottwald and R. Coote (Sheffield: Phoenix, 2007); “Whose Text Is It?” (SBL Presidential Address), JBL 127/1 (2008): 5-18; General Editor of Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 5 vols. (Abingdon, 2006-2009).