Julie M. Smith

Julie M. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, with an MA in Biblical Studies. She is on the executive board of the Mormon Theology Seminar and the steering committee for the BYU New Testament Commentary, for which she is writing a commentary on the Gospel of Mark. She is the author of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels and the editor of and contributor to As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture and Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21-22.

Julie is married to Derrick Smith; they live near Austin, Texas, where she homeschools their children. She also blogs for Times & Seasons, where she is the book review editor.

Description of presentation:

For generations, almost all scripture interpretation and transmission was conducted by men. What happens when we scrub away the accretions of androcentric interpretation and examine the texts afresh? In this presentation, Julie will discuss several New Testament stories about women from literary, historical, and feminist perspectives: Why did a story about a menstruating woman survive–and how does it re-interpret the Fall? Why does Mark show a woman besting Jesus in a debate? What does it mean to be a female disciple? Why did a woman anoint Jesus–and why did Jesus say that that story should be told wherever the gospel is preached? How do the Gospels’ views of women’s roles differ from each other? What does the atonement mean for women and their ministry? What roles did women play in the preservation of stories about Jesus and the transmission of scripture?