Amy Kalmanofsky is an assistant professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible.
Combining her love of the Bible and horror movies, Dr. Kalmanofsky’s research applies horror theory to biblical texts and examines the ways the Bible is designed to terrify its audience. Just as there are monsters in the movies, there are monsters in the Bible. Dr. Kalmanofsky studies the nature and construction of the Bible’s monsters and considers their impact on biblical theology. Her article “Israel’s Baby: The Horror of Childbirth in the Biblical Prophets” will appear shortly in Biblical Interpretation. Currently, she is completing her book Terror All Around: The Rhetoric of Horror in the Book of Jeremiah (forthcoming T&T Clark/Continuum).
Deeply committed to the ongoing interpretation of the Bible, Dr. Kalmanofsky applies gender theory to the Bible. Feminist interpretation, she believes, enables the Bible to remain relevant and continues to open up the text to new interpretation and meaning. Dr. Kalmanofsky contributed three articles to the Women’s Torah Commentary (URJ Press, 2007). Her article “Their Heart Cried Out to God: Gender and Prayer in the Book of Lamentations” appears in the volume A Question of Sex: Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007). Dr. Kalmanofsky chaired For There Is Hope: Gender and the Hebrew Bible, a conference to honor the memory of Dr. Tikva Frymer-Kensky held at JTS.
Dr. Kalmanofsky is equally committed to the critical and religious study of the Bible and is at home in academic and adult education settings. Recent lectures include Sacrifices of the Fathers and Sacrifices of the Mothers; Fatal Attractions: The Problem of Desire in the Biblical Text; and Women in Power and Powerful Women in the Bible. This summer she will be on the faculty at Yeshivat Hadar in New York City.
Dr. Kalmanofsky received her BA from Wesleyan University. She also received an MHL and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1995 and a PhD from JTS in 2005.