Professor Cynthia R. Chapman, Th.D.

Professor Cynthia R. Chapman
  • Oberlin College
  • Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
There is no question that the Bible is a tremendously valuable library or ancient archive. If historians of the ancient Mayans, for example, uncovered such a source, they would consider it a goldmine.

Dr. Cynthia R. Chapman is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Oberlin College, where she teaches courses on the Old and New Testaments, suffering and the book of Job, and biblical women, among other topics. She holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College, an M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University. Professor Chapman's research has focused on the historiography of the Bible considered within the larger ancient Near Eastern environment, and on gender in ancient Israel. Her first book, The Gendered Language of Warfare in the Israelite-Assyrian Encounter, explores the shared use of gendered literary tropes in the Bible and Assyrian royal texts. She is currently completing her second book, The House of the Mother: The Social Function of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative, which demonstrates that kinship bonds established through the mother served vital social and political functions for a son who aspired to inherit in his father's household. A chapter has been published in the online Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

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"Professor Chapman's presentation of the course is fascinating.  She provides many insights as to whom the authors of the bible were...and this enables understanding in a totally different perspective."

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  1. The World of Biblical Israel Sale

    The World of Biblical Israel

    Cynthia R. Chapman
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    We all have associations with the word “Israel.” But how did ancient Israel emerge? Who were the Israelites and where did they come from? What was it like to live in biblical Israel? In The World of Biblical Israel, journey through ancient Israel and be introduced to the world, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs of ancient Israel. In 24 captivating lectures, Professor Cynthia R. Chapman of...
  2. (Set)  The World of Biblical Israel & The New Testament Set

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & The New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  3. (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Holy Land Revealed  Set

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Holy Land Revealed

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Investigate what we can know about life in ancient Israel through the Bible, other ancient texts, and archaeological evidence in this absorbing course set taught by two award-winning professors. First, in The World of Biblical Israel, Professor Cynthia R. Chapman takes you on a journey through ancient Israel to introduce you to its everyday life, people, challenges, and triumphs. Then, in The Holy Land...
  4. (Set)  The World of Biblical Israel & Historical Jesus Set

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Historical Jesus

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  5. (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Dead Sea Scrolls  Set

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Dead Sea Scrolls

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Get profound insights into life in ancient Israel through the writings of the Hebrew scriptures and the ancient archaeological find known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. First, in The World of Biblical Israel, Professor Cynthia R. Chapman takes you on a journey through ancient Israel to introduce you to its everyday life, people, challenges, and triumphs. Then, in The Dead Sea Scrolls, Professor Gary A. Rendsburg...
  6. (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Old Testament  Set

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Get profound insights into the history, religion, literature, and daily life of ancient Israel through the writings of the Hebrew scriptures as interpreted by two award-winning professors. In The World of Biblical Israel, Professor Cynthia R. Chapman takes you on a journey through ancient Israel to introduce you to its everyday life, people, challenges, and triumphs. And in The Old Testament, Professor...
  7. (Set) Gnosticism & The World of Biblical Israel Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & The World of Biblical Israel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Take a new look at the oldest parts of Christianity with this two-course set. Start with an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating phenomena in religious history: Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. Then, look at the environment that gave birth to the Bible in The World of Biblical Israel.
  8. (Set) Biblical Hebrew & The World of Biblical Israel Set on sale

    (Set) Biblical Hebrew & The World of Biblical Israel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $497.00 Starting at $97.90 $639.90 $97.90$639.90
    Step back into time and examine ancient cultures from a new view with this set. Start by interpreting the Hebrew Bible for yourself as you learn how to read it in its original language: ancient Hebrew with Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language. Then, journey through ancient Israel to meet the world, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs of an infamous ancient land with The World of Biblical Israel.
  9. (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & The World of Biblical Israel Set

    (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & The World of Biblical Israel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Uncover the world of Jesus with this insightful two-course set. Learn another side of what affected Jesus’s teachings and beliefs with an archeological-based look at Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Then take a journey through ancient Israel to introduce you to the world, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs of this ancient land to see how this world influenced his life with The World of Biblical Israel.
  10. (Set) Reading Biblical Literature & The World of Biblical Israel Set

    (Set) Reading Biblical Literature & The World of Biblical Israel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $639.90 $349.90$639.90
    Delve deeply into the world of Biblical literature and history with this masterful two-course set. Start with looking at the stories of the bible through the lens of literature in Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation. Then journey through ancient Israel to introduce you to the world, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs of this ancient land with The World of Biblical Israel.