Current Fellow

Ashleigh Elser - Relgious Studies
Linwood House - 113

Fall Classes: Christ College Freshman Program, "Texts and Contexts" 


Ashleigh Elser earned her BA in Philosophy and Intercultural Studies at Prairie College, and her MA in Religion and Literature from Yale Divinity School. She recently completed a PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, "Beyond Unity: Reading Hermeneutic Frictions in Biblical Literature," takes up the conflicts between biblical narrators, examining how these conflicts came to be viewed as matters of historical rather than literary or theological inquiry, and proposing that these conflicts be revisited, not as threats to the Bible's literary unity or integrity, but as promising sites for hermeneutic reflection.

Recent Publications:

 Peer-Reviewed Journals

“‘Remembering with Advantages’: Chronicles and the Hermeneutics of Revision and Redaction” The Journal for Textual Reasoning Vol. 9 No. 1 2016

“A Historical Pilgrimage in the PaRDeS of Perception: Making Sense from Senses from the Song of Songs” Glossolalia. Vol. 3 No. 1  2010


Other Publications

“How Now Shall We Read?” an invited response to Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism” by Christopher M. Hays and Christopher B. Ansberry, Syndicate Theology. Vol. 2 Issue 3 2015


Professor Elser's complete biography

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