William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis
Department of Biblical Studies
109 Hodge Hall
Phone: 609.497.7967
Fax: 609.497.7728
Email: [email protected]


Katharine Doob Sakenfeld is the William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her M.A. at the University of Rhode Island, her B.D. at Harvard University Divinity School, her Ph.D. at Harvard University, and an honorary S.T.D. from Hastings College. Her research focuses 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 coeditor 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 Press, 5 vols., 2006–2009). She has published many articles on feminist interpretation, with a special focus on voices from diverse cultural contexts. She is also interested in the methodology for historical reconstruction, particularly balancing social science, textual, and archaeological resources for an understanding of Israel’s emergence. 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.
Major Publications

Just Wives? Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today (Westminster John Knox Press, 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 Geneaology,” 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. Gonwald and R. Coote (Phoenix, 2007).
“Whose Text Is It?” (Society of Biblical Literature Presidential Address), JBL 127/1 (2008): 5–18.