Gafney lectures mark Women’s History Month

March 4, 2013 in Faith Matters by David Waters

It’s Women’s History Month, for those of you who aren’t celebrating year-round.

Memphis Theological Seminary, where 44 percent of the study body is female, is celebrating the month with the Todd Lectures.

Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, an ordained Episcopal priest and associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday and at 11:10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union, across the street from MTS.

Lecture 1: The Darkly Radiant Image of God: Black and Female.

Lecture 2: A Legion of Preaching Women: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel

Lecture 3: Bathsheba’s Legacy: Royal Women of Israel and Judah

gafneyGafney teaches courses on “Heroines, Harlots and Handmaids: the Women of the Hebrew Scriptures,” with sections on “Cosmic Herstory,” “Carnal Knowledge” and “Postcolonial Musings,” and Prophetic Constructions.

Her interest in the ancient Near Eastern and biblical portrayals of Lilith and other night-stalking creatures led to her participation in two HBO documentaries on the origin and evolution of vampire mythologies, “True Bloodlines: Vampire Legends” and “True Bloodlines: A New Type in 2008,” airing before the series premier of True Blood.

Gafney is a member of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, Pa., founded in 1792. She is also a member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Centre, in Philadelphia. She is particularly interested in how Jews and Christians interpret the texts they hold in common.