Biblical Scholar, Seminary Professor, Episcopal Priest


Lectures on Womanist Midrash


Podcast Interviews:


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A Sermon on Jonah: Turn That Motha Out!


Sermon Audio (mp3 files):

Something Old – June 8, 2014 – listen online:

Something Old – June 8, 2014 – download the mp3 

Mardi Gras on the Mountaintop (read the sermon here)

Neither Jew/Gentile, Slave/Free, Male/Female: Did Paul Mean That? (read the sermon here)

Army of Women Preachers  (read the blog entry)

Radio Appearances (mp3 files):

Dion Evans Show – February 7, 2012

Don Miller Show,WEUS-AM Orlando – February 3, 2012


The AxPx Podcast Episode #20 WHITEWASHING THE BIBLE

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.


Wil Gafney preaching June 2014

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 The Bible with Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner (Religion Dispatches, God’s Profits) and Wil Gafney (, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia), from

On The Posner Show, Sarah and Wil discuss the hit History Channel miniseries The Bible. Wil thinks the producers have done a good job with some elements, but critiques the series’ erasure of women. She focuses in particular on Hagar, a figure of special significance in both Islamic and African-American Christian tradition, as well as the Battle of Jericho. Why are all the characters—with the exception of angels and Satan—portrayed by white actors, until we meet Samson? Wil has strong criticisms of the way Samson is portrayed as a “mandingo” figure. Does the series help solve, as its producers contend, the problem of biblical illiteracy?
Plus: Rape and polygamy in the King David story. For the whole conversation, click here.

Tough Texts: Gender and Sexuality

Session of the spring 2008 dialogue series for Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders,
focusing on how the three Abrahamic traditions contemplate Scripture in terms of
Identity and the Other, Gender and Sexuality, and War and Peace.
Held at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.