- BA, San Francisco State University
- MDiv, McCormick Theological Seminary
- PhD, Chicago Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Vanessa Lovelace is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible. She teaches Hebrew Bible/Old Testament courses, to include introductory to biblical studies, biblical exegesis and elementary biblical Hebrew. Her areas of expertise include Deuteronomistic History, Hebrew Bible prophets and prophecy, and women and gender in ancient Israel. Her teaching and research interests include interpreting biblical texts using literary criticism and theory of gender and nation through a womanist lens. Her co-edited volume with Gay L. Byron, Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse contains essays that bring a womanist analysis and thought to the interpretation of biblical texts to reveal the inherently simultaneously interlocking dynamics of race, gender, sexuality and class in the texts and contemporary black women’s lives. The essays address current issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, domestic violence, human trafficking, and hip-hop culture. Her publications include a chapter in The Hebrew Bible: Feminist and Intersectional Perspectives edited by Gale A. Yee and articles in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Gender Studies and The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center.
Her current research project is a monograph titled Outsider-Within: A Womanist Reading of Hebrew Bible Narratives as the Politics of Belonging that analyzes how church teachings and public policy, in combination with particular biblical texts, sustain interlocking categories of race, gender, sexuality and class to exclude black women as symbolic representations of the nation. Her guild service includes co-chairing the Women in the Biblical World Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature and she is a member of the editorial board of Biblical Theology Bulletin, a distinctive, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal. She is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
“Religious Leaders: Hebrew Bible” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Gender Studies
“This Woman’s Son Shall Not Inherit with My Son: Towards a Womanist Politics of Belonging in the Sarah-Hagar Narratives” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center.