“Monstrous Sisters in the Bible” Topic of Discussion at JTS Luncheon

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September 23, 2009, Oakton, VA

Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, assistant professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss “Monstrous Sisters and Their Place in the Biblical Family” as the guest speaker at the Northern Virginia Friends of JTS luncheon on Sunday, October 25. The program will begin at noon and be held at the home of at the home of Deborah and Harry Rosen, 11435 Stone Mill Court, Oakton.

At JTS, Dr. Kalmanofsky teaches courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible. Combining her love of the Bible and of horror movies, Dr. Kalmanofsky’s research applies horror theory to scripture and examines the ways in which the Bible is designed to terrify its audience. Just as there are monsters in the movies, there are monsters in the texts. Dr. Kalmanofsky studies the nature and construction of the Bible’s monsters and considers their impact on biblical theology.

Deeply committed to the ongoing interpretation of the Bible, Dr. Kalmanofsky also applies gender theory to biblical text. Feminist interpretation, she believes, enables the Bible to remain relevant and continues to open up the text to new interpretation and meaning. She has contributed three articles to The Women’s Torah Commentary, and her article “Their Heart Cried Out to God: Gender and Prayer in the Book of Lamentations” appears in the volume A Question of Sex: Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond.

Dr. Kalmanofsky is equally committed to the critical and religious study of the Bible and is at home in academic and adult education settings. Recent lectures include “Sacrifices of the Fathers and Sacrifices of the Mothers”; “Fatal Attractions: The Problem of Desire in the Biblical Text”; and “Women in Power and Powerful Women in the Bible.” Dr. Kalmanofsky received her BA from Wesleyan University, MHL and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (1995), and her PhD from JTS (2005).

The RSVP deadline is Monday, October 19. A minimum contribution of $500 to the Northern Virginia 2009–2010 JTS campaign is required to attend the program. To RSVP or for more information about JTS and programs in the northern Virginia area, contact Rickey Goodman at (215) 376-0474.