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. She is interested in literary analysis, critical theory, feminist interpretation, homiletical theory and praxis, and issues of theology and ethics in pedagogy. Her books include Prophecy and Ideology in Jeremiah (2003), Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (2009), Old Testament Prophets for Today (2009), and Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer (2010). Professor Sharp has edited or co-edited several books, including Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church (2011) by Walter Brueggemann, Prophecy and Power: Jeremiah in Feminist and Postcolonial Perspective (with Christl M. Maier; 2013), and Jeremiah Invented (with Else K. Holt; 2014). 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 monograph 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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