Renita J. Weems

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Renita J. Weems is a Hebrew Bible scholar. Her work in biblical studies is frequently cited in feminist theology and womanist theology.


Weems earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, and earned her Master's and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.[1]


Weems is a popular speaker and writer on biblical texts and issues of spirituality.[1] She is a contributing writer on religion and race at The Huffington Post.[2]

She is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.[1]

Weems taught biblical studies at the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (1987-2003). She served a two-year appointment at Spelman College as the William and Camille Cosby Professor of Humanities. Currently, she serves as Co-Pastor at Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN. Also, she is the former Vice President, Academic Dean, and Professor of Biblical Studies at American Baptist College in Tennessee, ending her time in 2017.


Her 1999 book, Listening for God: A Minister's Journey Through Silence and Doubt (Simon & Schuster), won the Religious Communicators' Council's prestigious 1999 Wilbur Award for "excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media."[3]

She was the first African-American woman to deliver the Lyman Beecher Lecture at Yale University (2008).[4]


Showing Mary : how women can share prayers, wisdom, and the blessings of God (1st trade ed.). West Bloomfield, Mich.: Walk Worthy Press. ISBN 9780446695282. OCLC 61722833.

Just a sister away : understanding the timeless connection between women of today and women in the Bible (1st Warner Books ed.). New York: Warner Books. ISBN 9780446578943. OCLC 60596133.

I asked for intimacy : stories of blessings, betrayals, and birthings. San Diego, Calif.: LuraMedia. ISBN 9780931055805. OCLC 28148479.

Battered love : marriage, sex, and violence in the Hebrew prophets. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. ISBN 9780800629489. OCLC 33333933.

(Co-authored with CeCe Winans) On a positive note : her joyous faith, her life in music, and her everyday blessings. Weems, Renita J., 1954-. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 9780671020019. OCLC 45144960

"Song of Songs" in The new interpreter's Bible. Old Testament survey. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 2005. ISBN 9780687053445. OCLC 62330657.

"Jeremiah" in Global Bible commentary. Patte, Daniel., Okure, Teresa. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 2004. ISBN 9780687064038. OCLC 55955180.

What matters most : ten lessons in living passionately from the Song of Solomon. West Bloomfield, MI: Walk Worthy Press. ISBN 9780446532419. OCLC 53315250.


  1. ^ a b c "Dr. Renita J. Weems - SheSource Expert - Women's Media Center". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  2. ^ "Renita Weems | HuffPost". Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  3. ^ Howard, Cam. "Wilbur Awards | Religion Communicators Council". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  4. ^ "Yale University Divinity School Library: Lyman Beecher Lecture Series". Retrieved 2018-01-01.