Wil Gafney

Associate Professor, Hebrew and Old Testament

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Wil Gafney


The Rev. Dr. Gafney, an ordained Episcopal priest, is a member of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia. She is particularly interested in how Jews and Christians interpret the texts they hold in common. Dr. Gafney is a former US Army Reserve chaplain. Also, she  previously served the Thompson Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.

Among her research interests are feminist biblical studies, rabbinic studies, and issues in translation. Dr. Gafney's series of bible studies in Genesis was published in the Abingdon Pastor's Bible Study, Volume III, in 2006. Her monograph, Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and the Peoples' Bible, which she co-edited, are available through Fortress Press.

Other projects include "Mother Knows Best: Messianic Surrogacy and Sexploitation in Ruth" in Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest (Brill), contributing for The Africana Bible (Fortress), and the Lutheran Study Bible (Fortress).