Biblical Scholar, Seminary Professor, Episcopal Priest

The Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

wil_2015_0092EDITThe Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, a commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. She is an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and licensed in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and a former Army Chaplain. A former member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Center in Philadelphia, she has co-taught courses with and for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Seminary in Wyncote, PA. Read Wil’s Bio  
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Excerpt of Wil Gafney preaching

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Wil Gafney preaching “Preaching A Feminist Faith
From Priscilla’s Epistle

Sermon preached by Wil at Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd,
East Falls, Philadelphia, PA Sunday August 18, 2013.
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Wil Gafney preaching “Believe God: Listen to
the Voices in Your Heart & Head

Sermon preached by Wil Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the
African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia.
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Wil Gafney talks about WHITEWASHING THE BIBLE
on the AxPx Podcast Episode #20

The History Channel‘s presentation of the miniseries “event” The Bible has sparked reactions of all kinds. From Mega-Church Evangelicals like Rick Warren and Joel Osteen enthusiasm about the “power” of the show, to biblical scholars such as Dr. Joel M. Hoffman voicing their distain for the show. After the first episode aired, we read many opinions on both sides. The one thing that didn’t seem to be discussed in depth was the obvious “Whitewashing” of all biblical characters. From the underwear model “perfection” of Adam and Eve, to the Scottish brogue of Noah and the Brad Pitt look-a-like chosen to play Jesus; something didn’t gel. Thankfully, The Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. wouldn’t let her disappointment stay quiet. Her article Black Samson & White Women on the History Channel turned many heads with her criticism of The History Channel’s (along with Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) casting choices. This week, we are honored to be speaking with Dr. Gafney about her thoughts and opinions. Visit the AxPx website.