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

Noteworthy News

November LFP Update

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Registration is Now Open: Regional Conference at Dordt College on “The Prodigal Love of God,” April 4-6, 2019

On April 4-6, 2019, Dordt College and the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, in partnership with the Lilly Fellows Program, will host a Lilly Fellows Program Regional Conference titled “The Prodigal Love of God: Reencountering Dordt at 400 and Beyond.” For More information and Registration Information, Click Here.

Announcing the Winner of the 2018 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Performing Arts

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