Carolyn J. Sharp


Professor of Hebrew Scriptures

CV | Phone:203-432-2011
Denomination: Episcopal
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Professor Sharp’s research explores aspects of the composition and theology of Hebrew Scripture texts. Professor Sharp’s first book, Prophecy and Ideology in Jeremiah (2003), treats literary-critical issues in Jeremiah as revelatory of a post-exilic power struggle over the prophet’s legacy. Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (2009) explores literary and hermeneutical issues regarding irony in biblical texts, and Old Testament Prophets for Today (2009) offers theological reflections on the prophets in terms accessible to readers with little or no biblical training. Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer (2010) addresses historical, literary, and ideological-critical issues in Hebrew Scripture studies for the seminary classroom. She has edited or co-edited several books, including Jeremiah Invented (with Else K. Holt; 2014), Prophecy and Power: Jeremiah in Feminist and Postcolonial Perspective (with Christl M. Maier; 2013), and Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church (2011) by Walter Brueggemann. Her current projects include a commentary on Joshua (Smyth & Helwys) and a commentary on Jeremiah 26-52 (Kohlhammer Verlag). Professor Sharp serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies monograph series, and the Biblical Interpretation series. An Episcopal priest, she serves a parish in New Haven.

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When we encounter contestatory moments in our sacred texts, we may struggle through to a fuller and more complete picture of the God who far surpasses any one human language, set of metaphors, or particular storytelling mode. We may reap spiritual fruit from considering the uniqueness of each witness and the importance of the ways in which they speak differently about God and Israel. And we may commit ourselves to hearing and honoring each voice on its own terms as a mandate of Christian hermeneutical ethics. This is wrestling that matters—and the rewards are great indeed.  (Wrestling the Word, p. 75)


Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Yale University
M.A.R. in Old Testament, Yale Divinity School
B.A. in Religious Studies, Wesleyan University


  1. Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer (Westminster John Knox, 2010)
  2. Old Testament Prophets for Today (Westminster John Knox, 2009)
  3. Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (Indiana University Press, 2009)
  4. Prophecy and Ideology in Jeremiah: Struggles for Authority in the Deutero-Jeremianic Prose (T & T Clark, 2003)


Biblical Theology: Walter Brueggemann and His Critics
Character and Community in the Biblical Short Story: Jonah, Ruth, Esther
Hebrew Exegesis of Genesis: Women and Other Outsiders
Scripture and Social Ethics (co-taught with Willis Jenkins)


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