Department Chair:
Cynthia Chapman

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Hall

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8866
Fax: (440) 775-6910

Rice Hall 316
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Cynthia (Cindy) Chapman

Cynthia (Cindy) Chapman

Religion Department Chair
Adelia A.F. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Associate Professor of Religion

Contact Information


Rice Hall 330
(440) 775-8579

Personal Office Hours:
Mon 1:30-2:30; Wed 3:00-4:00; and by appointment

Cynthia (Cindy) Chapman

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Kalamazoo College, 1987
  • Masters of Divinity, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 1991
  • Doctor of Theology, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, 2002



  • 109. Jerusalem: Negotiating Sacred Space
  • 184. Genesis Through the Centuries
  • 201. The Bible in the Christian Communities of Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • 202. The Nature of Suffering: The Book of Job and its History of Interpretation
  • 205. Hebrew Bible in its Ancient Near Eastern Context
  • 208. New Testament and Christian Origins
  • 303. Anthropological Approaches to the Study of the Bible: Kinship and the Family in Ancient Israel
  • 338. Biblical Historiography and the Shaping of National Memory: The Book of Isaiah and its Canonical Legacy

Additional Teaching

Select Publications

  • The Gendered Language of Warfare in the Israelite-Assyrian Encounter. Harvard Semitic Monographs 62. Winona Lake, Ind: Eisenbrauns, 2004.
  • “Sculpted Warriors: Sexuality and the Sacred in the Depiction of Warfare in the Assyrian Palace Reliefs and in Ezekiel 23:14-17,” Lectio Difficilior (January 2007).
  • "'Oh that you were like a brother to me, One who had nursed at my mother's breasts.' Breast Milk as a Kinship-Forging Substance." Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 12 article 7 (2012): 1-42.