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
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.