Carol A. Newsom
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.
Newsom is on leave for the 2016-17 academic year.
Daniel: A Commentary. Westminster John Knox Press,2014
Co-editor,The Women's Bible Commentary: Twentieth Anniversary Edition. Westminster John Knox Press,2012
Co-editor,Oxford Annotated Bible, Third Edition. Oxford University Press,2010
Translator,1QHodayota with Incorporation of 1QHodayotb and 4QHodayota-f. Clarendon Press,2009
The Self as Symbolic Space: Constructing Identity and Community at Qumran. Brill,2004
The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations. Oxford University Press,2003
Job (New Interpreter's Bible, Vol. IV). Abingdon Press,1996
"Woman in the Discourse of Patriarchal Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs 1-9," in Gender and Difference in Ancient Israel. Augsburg Fortress Press,1989
"Merkabah Exegesis in the Qumran Sabbath Shirot," in Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 38, issue 1. Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies,1987
Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice: A Critical Edition. Scholars Press,1985
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016.
Fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2010-2011.
Luce Faculty Fellowship, 2010-2011.
Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University, 2009.
Woolford B. Baker Service Award, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, 2008.
Society of Biblical Literature Outstanding Service in Mentoring Award, 2005.
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.
"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
Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, April 22, 2014
Exile and Restoration
The Apocalyptic Imagination
The Bible and Care of the Earth