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There is a tricky meme going round at the moment asking bibliobloggers to list the five most influential female scholars in their field. This is comparatively easy for me, since I am working on one of the books that most naturally draws female interest, so without too much thought I would say:
1. Ellen Davis (her work on the Song has probably influenced me more than any other scholar of either gender)
2. Adele Berlin (for her work on Hebrew poetry)
3. Phyllis Trible (whose ‘God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality’ is still one of the most important works on the Song)
4. Athalaya Brenner (for both editions of the ‘Feminist Companion to the Song of Songs’)
5. Carey Ellen Walsh (for her ‘Exquisite Desire’, exploring the themes of desire and frustration in the Song).
Some time ago, Mandy tagged me in a meme to post “that verse or story of scripture which is important to you, which you find yourself re-visiting time after time”.
Hard to choose just one. There are passages that I naturally turn to for comfort, for encouragement, for inspiration, for clarification. I’m enormously grateful for Romans 9, for example, where so many of the difficult questions are so perfectly answered. Ps 121 has been special to me since before I was a Christian and I still love the sense of complete security and confidence in the Lord that it expresses. I was recently reminded of 1 Tim 4:12 – a verse which was like a motto to me in my late teens and twenties. I wonder if I’m getting a little old for it now, though? Ps 40 is a ’5th week’ psalm – to be read when overwhelmed and discouraged.