A Hebrew Bible/Old Testament scholar looks at the Bible and culture…

Welcome to the website of biblical scholar Julia M. O’Brien. 

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Julia M. O’Brien

Dr. O’Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Her academic specialties include the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible, (especially the Minor Prophets) and the intersection of gender studies and biblical studies. 

The author and editor of numerous commentaries and monographs, Julia currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies and recently completed a feminist commentary on the book of Micah.

Julia also lectures and leads workshops on various topics related to the Bible and contemporary culture–including (homo)sexuality and the Bible; the family in ancient and modern perspectives; biblical promises and Middle Eastern politics; and secular readings of Old Testament narratives.