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Prof. Christl Maier Selected Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology

Christl Maier, associate professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School , is one of seven scholars selected nationwide as a 2005-06 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. The Luce Fellows program was established in 1993 to identify leading scholars in theological studies and to provide them with the necessary financial support and recognition to facilitate their work. Selections were announced by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., which supports the program.

Each of the scholars selected will engage in a yearlong research project in various areas of theological inquiry. Maier has chosen to conduct research in the area of Bible and the Church on the topic Space and Gender in Biblical Concepts of Jerusalem . She will explore the formation of Jerusalem as sacred space and its function as a religious symbol.

At the conclusion of their year of research, Fellows will gather at the annual Luce Fellows Conference to present and critique their work and to discuss with current and past Luce Fellows how their work may have an impact on the life of the church and the broader society.

In a letter announcing the award, ATS Executive Director Daniel O. Aleshire said, “Over the years the program has developed a corps of scholars who provide theological studies with fresh insights and strong leadership, and who make significant contributions to the church and the wider audience of the general public.”

Maier came to Yale Divinity School in 2003 from an assistant professor position at Humboldt University in Berlin . Her academic interest focuses on the Old Testament Wisdom tradition with special interest in its sociological setting, issues of the redaction and composition in the Book of Jeremiah and feminist biblical hermeneutics. She has written two books, Die "fremde Frau" in Proverbien 1-9 (1995) and Jeremia als Lehrer der Tora (2002). She has contributed several articles in journals, book essays, and numerous reviews in the Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft , mostly in German, and is co-editor of four books.

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