Short CV



Last updated: December 2013

Personal Data
  • Name: Athalya Brenner (-Idan)
  • Date of Birth: 17 July, 1943
  • Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Nationality: Israeli and Dutch
  • Lives: In Haifa and in Amsterdam
Academic Degrees
  • 2002 Honorary PhD, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1979 PhD, Near Eastern Studies/Bible, University of Manchester, England
  • 1973 MA, Biblical Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • 1970 BA, Biblical Studies and English Language and Literature, Haifa University
Academic Appointments
  • 2014 Vice President of the Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2013-15 Honorary Professor of Biblical Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • 2009-12 Adjunct Professor, MA external program, Department of Jewish Studies, Haifa University
  • 2009-11 Adjunct Professor, MA external program, Department of Biblical Studies, Haifa University
  • 2007– Professor in Biblical Studies, Department of Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • 2008– Research Fellow, University of Amsterdam
  • 2008 Retirement from Amsterdam Chair; Emeriat, UvA
  • 2006 Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (in the Bible PhD program, one semester)
  • 2005 Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (in the Bible PhD program, two months)
  • 2001-2004 Distinguished Professor-in-Residence of The Rosenthal Chair, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
  • 1997-2008 Professor of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies (later Department of Art, Religion and Culture), Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
  • 1995-6 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Theology, Delenus Institute, University of Amsterdam
  • 1993-7 Professor of the Feminism and Christianity/Judaism Chair, Catholic University of Nijmegen (ending August 1998)
  • 1994 Visiting Associate Professor, General Studies, The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • 1994/5 Visiting Associate Professor, Biblical Studies, Tel Aviv University.
  • 1993-4 Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow, General Studies, The Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • 1992-3 Visiting Professor of the Belle van Zuylen Chair, Old Testament/Women Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 1991-3 Adjunct Senior Teaching Associate, General Studies, The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • 1991-2 Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Tel Aviv University (refresher course for senior high school Bible teachers)
  • 1991-2 Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of History, Oranim/Academic Division, Qiryat Tiv’on, Israel
  • 1988-91 Adjunct Teaching Associate, General Studies, The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • 1984 Visiting Scholar at the Department of Religion, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • 1979-94 Teacher, Biblical Studies, Oranim/College Division
  • 1973-86 Various appointments up to Lecturer, Biblical and Hebrew Language Studies, University of Haifa and affiliated colleges
Additional Professional Posts
  • 1994– Member of the Committee for Implementing the Shenhar Committee Report in Teachers’ Training Frameworks, Ministry of Education
  • 1988– Member of the Subject Committee (Bible), The Ministry of Education, Jerusalem
  • 1989 Second tour of Dutch Universities
  • 1987 First tour of Dutch Universities (Utrecht, Leiden, Amsterdam, Tilburg, and others) at the invitation of Theology Faculties and Women Studies groups
  • 1983-6 Member of the Editorial Board of the World of the Bible Encyclopedia (Ramat Gan: Revivim Press)
  • 1981-3 Coordinator of a specialized courses for senior primary, secondary and high school Bible teachers, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, University of Haifa, and Oranim College
Additional Teaching Experience
  • 1970-73 English as a Foreign Language, University of Haifa
  • 1972-76 Biblical Studies, Ancient Semitic Languages, Hebrew, Haifa University and affiliated colleges
  • 1982-4 Courses for senior Bible Teachers
  • 1979– Biblical Studies, Oranim
  • 1988– Gender Relations in Modern Israeli Society, The Technion
  • 1992-3 Hebrew Bible and Feminist Criticism, Faculty of Theology, University of Utrecht
Membership of Research Schools
  • 1993–7 NOV, Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies in sociology, anthropology, literature, theology, art, health care etc.)
  • 1997– ASCA (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis)
  • 1997-2005 NOSTER, The National Research School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion, The Netherlands
Past and Present Membership of Academic Societies
  • British Society for Old Testament Study (Honorary Member for life)
  • World Congress of Jewish Studies
  • European Society of Women in Theological Research
  • SBL (American and International): Chairperson, Steering Committees of the Women in the Biblical World Section; now on the committee of the Contextual Interpretation Consultation)
  • AIBI
  • EABS; Politization of Bibles and Biblization of Politics research project.
Past and Present Membership of Editorial Boards
  • Mediterranean Language review (until 1998)
  • Biblicon (until end 1999).
  • Semeia (until end 2001)
  • JBL (until end 2004)
  • The University of Amsterdam Press Bible Project (until 2008)
  • JSOT (until end 2008)
  • Brown Judaic Studies
  • Biblical Interpretation (until 2009)
  • JSOT (until 2009)
  • RBL (Review of Biblical Literature, SBL, until end 2013)
  • The Bible and Critical Theory
  • Marginalia Review of Books
  • 1976 PhD grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Studies, USA
  • 2002 Mentoring Award from the Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession, SBL
  • 2002 Honorary PhD, University of Bonn, Germany
Current Research Interests
  • Contextual Bible Interpretation
  • Gender relations in modern society
  • Semitic philology, Hebrew (ancient and modern), esp. semantics and lexicology
  • Feminist Criticism of the Bible, Ancient Israel, and early Judaisms
  • The Bible: Anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspectives
  • The Bible and Literary theories
  • The Bible and visual/plastic arts