West Side, Chicago, Illinois
|Died||August 2006 (aged 62–63)|
|Education||MA and PhD from Yale University|
|Occupation||erstwhile Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School|
|Spouse(s)||Rabbi Allan Kensky|
|Era||Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries|
|Tradition or movement||Jewish|
|Main interests||Assyriology, Sumerology, Biblical studies, Jewish studies, also Women and Religion|
Tikva Simone Frymer-Kensky (1943 – August 31, 2006) was a Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She received her MA and PhD from Yale University. She had previously served on the faculties of Wayne State University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yale University, Ben Gurion University, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she served as director of Biblical studies.
Her areas of specialization included Assyriology and Sumerology, Biblical studies, Jewish studies, and women and religion. Her most recent books are "Reading the Women of the Bible," which received a Koret Jewish Book Award in 2002 and a National Jewish Book Award in 2003; "In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth;" and "Motherprayer: The Pregnant Woman’s Spiritual Companion." She was also the English translator of "From Jerusalem to the Edge of Heaven" by Ari Elon (Alma Dee, original Hebrew). In progress at the time of her death were The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth, a book on biblical theology, and a book on Genesis.
In 1996, the Alumni Association of the Albert A. List College, along with the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, presented her with a citation in honor of her accomplishments. The citation celebrates her "prodigious number of well-received books and articles," and her status as "a powerful advocate for Jewish feminism at the numerous conferences at which you lectured....you have shown a light on Biblical periods in which women occupied public office and enjoyed powerful prominent roles in the community."
In 2005 she was named one of the Jewish Chicagoans of the Year by The Chicago Jewish News.
In 2006, the Jewish Publication Society published a collection of her articles, "Studies in Bible and Feminist Criticism", as part of their Scholar of Distinction series. She is the first woman to have her work included in this series, as well as having been the youngest person anthologized in this prestigious series.
- Frymer-Kensky, Tikva (1977). The Judicial Ordeal in the Ancient Near East (PhD). Ann Arbor, MI: Yale University & University Microfilms International. OCLC 13484497.
- ——— (1992). In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture, and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth. New York: Macmillan, Free Press. ISBN 978-0-029-10800-0. OCLC 23901115.
- ——— (1995). Motherprayer: The Pregnant Woman's Spiritual Companion. New York: G. P. Putnum's Sons.
- ——— (2002). Reading the Women of the Bible: A New Interpretation of Their Stories. New York: Shocken Books. ISBN 0-8052-4121-3.
- ——— (2006). Studies in Bible and Feminist Criticism. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society. ISBN 0-8276-0798-9.
- ———; Eskenazi, Tamara Cohn (2011). Ruth: the traditional Hebrew text with the new JPS translation. JPS Bible commentary. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society. ISBN 978-0-8276-0744-6. OCLC 681497553.
- ———; Matthews, Victor H.; Levinson, Bernard M., eds. (1998). Gender and Law in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Supplement Series 262. Sheffield, Eng: Sheffield Academic Press]. ISBN 978-1-850-75886-0. OCLC 39685338.
- ———; Ochs, Peter W.; Novak, David; Signer, Michael A.; Sandmel, David, eds. (2000). Christianity in Jewish Terms. Radical Tradition. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. ISBN 978-0-8133-3780-7. OCLC 44426860.
- Elon, Ari (1996). From Jerusalem to the Edge of Heaven. Translated by Frymer-Kensky, Tikva. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society. ISBN 0-8276-0525-0.
- ——— (2006). "The Image, the Glory, and the Holy: Aspects of Being Human in Biblical Thought". In Schweiker, William. Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics. Minneapolis: Fortress.
- ———. "A Survey of Prehistory". In Blumfield, Honeydew. Anthropological Perspectives. In-House Textbook for the Open University, University College, University of Maryland.