Dr. Gale A. Yee Receives the Graduate Theological Foundation's Krister Stendahl Medal

Gale Yee Receives Krister Stendahl Medal

Dr. Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, was awarded the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies by the Graduate Theological Foundation, during the institution's annual commencement ceremony in Mishawaka, IN, on May 8. Named for the Swedish theologian and New Testament scholar, Emeritus Bishop of Stockholm, Professor Emeritus and former dean of Harvard Divinity School, the Krister Stendahl Medal is awarded annually to an eminent Biblical scholar. Past recipients include The Rev. Professor John Barton of Oxford University, and Dr. Christo Lombaard, Professor of Christian Spirituality at the University of South Africa.

Prior to receiving the medal, Dr. Yee also delivered the annual Lord Robert Runcie Lecture to the graduating class of the Graduate Theological Foundation on May 7. Her lecture was entitled "From the Bottom Up: Poverty and Inequality in Ancient Israel and Today."

Dr. Yee joined the EDS faculty in 1998 after many years at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) as a professor of Hebrew Bible and director of Women’s Studies. She is  active in the Society of Biblical Literature, and was general editor of its Semeia Studies series for a number of years. She is co-editor of the Texts @ Contexts series for Fortress Press, and the Old Testament and Apocrypha volume of the Fortress Bible Commentary (2014), among many others.

Her book Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress Press, 2003) has been widely acclaimed as a major contribution to feminist biblical scholarship and an exemplary study utilizing ideological criticism. Yee earned her BA and MA at Loyola University of Chicago, and her PhD at University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College.

Established in 1962, the Graduate Theological Foundation has a highly diverse student body and faculty who represent the four branches of Judaism, a number of Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, three branches of Islam, Buddhism, and secular belief systems.


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