Carol A. Newsom

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament
Carol A. Newsom
Phone: 404.727.4183
    • PhD, Harvard University, 1982
    • MTS, Harvard Divinity School, 1975
    • AB, Birmingham-Southern College, 1971

    Dr. Carol A. Newsom is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Candler and a senior fellow at Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Newsom came to Candler in 1980, only the second woman to hold a tenure-track position. In 2005, she became the first female faculty member appointed to a chaired professorship.

    Newsom's research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. She has written and edited 13 books and scores of articles, book chapters, translations, encyclopedia articles and reviews. She co-edited the acclaimed Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 3rd ed., 2012), now in its third edition, which explores the implications of and challenges long-held assumptions about the Bible’s portrayal of women and other marginalized groups.

    Newsom holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Copenhagen, Birmingham-Southern College, and Virginia Theological Seminary in recognition of her academic work, most notably her scholarship in Old Testament theology and her innovative work in transcribing, translating and providing commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    She has received several prestigious research fellowships, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Henry Luce Foundation, and has won several awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring, including Emory University’s highest award for teaching, the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award.

    A frequent lecturer, Newsom also sits on multiple editorial boards. She served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is an honorary member of the Society for Old Testament Study. She was the director of Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion from 2012-14. In 2016, Newsom was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also served as a member of the Emory University Presidential Search Committee during the 2015-2016 year.

    Selected publications

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    "Jigsaw Puzzles, Paper Doll Chains...and Computers: Material Reconstruction of the Dead Sea Scrolls," in The BulletinAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences2017

    "'Resistance is Futile!': The Ironies of Danielic Resistance to Empire," in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and TheologySage2017

    Daniel: A Commentary Westminster John Knox Press2014

    Co-editor, The Women's Bible Commentary: Twentieth Anniversary Edition Westminster John Knox Press2012

    Co-editor, Oxford Annotated Bible, Third Edition Oxford University Press2010

    Translator, 1QHodayota with Incorporation of 1QHodayotb and 4QHodayota-fClarendon Press2009

    The Self as Symbolic Space: Constructing Identity and Community at Qumran Brill2004

    The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations Oxford University Press2003

    Job (New Interpreter's Bible, Vol. IV) Abingdon Press1996

    Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice: A Critical Edition Scholars Press1985

    Selected awards

    Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2010-2011.

    Luce Faculty Fellowship, 2010-2011.

    Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University

    Woolford B. Baker Service Award, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University

    Society of Biblical Literature Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award

    National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2002-2003.

    American Theological Association Fellowship, 1994-1995.

    Emory University Research Committee Award, 1994-1995.

    American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 1988-1989.

    "Creation, Anthropology, and Glass Beads" - OnScript, February 6, 2018

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, October 19, 2017

    "Understanding and Hope in a Time of Climate Change: A Conversation with the Bible" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Cannon Chapel, March 19, 2015

    "Culture of Diversity: Women at Candler" - Candler School of Theology, March 9, 2015

    "Food and Faith: Eating as a Spiritual Practice" - Candler Practical Ministry Webinars, April 24, 2014

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, April 22, 2014

    Selected courses

    Exile and Restoration


    The Apocalyptic Imagination

    The Bible and Care of the Earth