Dr. Christine Thomas

Dr. Christine Thomas


Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion invites the community to the Tsevat Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Mar. 12 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in Mayerson Hall on the historic HUC-JIR campus.  The event begins with lunch followed by the lecture in memory and honor of Dr. Matitiahu Tsevat, a professor at HUC-JIR for more than 20 years, his wife, Miriam, and son, Danny.

Dr. Christine Thomas, who holds a joint appointment with Xavier University and HUC-JIR as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, will speak on “Gender and Politics in Late Bronze Age Syria: The Undoing of the Daughter of the Great Lady.”

According to Dr. Thomas, “The divorce, exile, and execution of a royal woman in Late Bronze Age Syria provide rare insight into the politics of a world woven together by diplomatic marriages. This woman’s loss of status and, eventually, loss of life lay bare the way in which women brokered relationships among men.  Examining the rhetorical and legal strategies of the texts which document her case reveals the extent to which the relative power of royal men depended on their relationships to royal women.”

Dr. Thomas holds a joint appointment from Xavier University and HUC–JIR.  From 2013-2018, she taught at HUC–JIR as Visiting Assistant Professor of Bible and Cognate Languages.  She earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Her BA at Smith College was in Women’s Studies and Japanese language and literature, and upon graduation she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Tokyo.  Her current research focuses on women and gender relations in the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel, and other societies of the ancient Near East.  She has taught classes on biblical prophecy, the Book of Judges, the narratives concerning King David, the Joseph cycle, women and gender in biblical narrative, as well as language and literature courses in Biblical Aramaic, Ugaritic, and the Akkadian of Ugarit.  At Xavier University, she teaches an introductory theology course in which she includes a focus on Judaism and Jewish–Christian relations.  She is currently working on a book on royal women in ancient Syria to be entitled, Royal Women at Ugarit: Reconceiving the House of the Father.

For more information, please contact Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

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