Addressing Children in the Ancient World: A New Publication by Dr. Kristine Henriksen Garroway - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Addressing Children in the Ancient World: A New Publication by Dr. Kristine Henriksen Garroway

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Dr. Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Visiting Assistant Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's (HUC-JIR) Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, recently published Children and Methods: Listening To and Learning From Children in the Biblical World (Brill, 2020) with John W. Martens.

This publication brings together an interdisciplinary collection of essays addressing children in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and broader ancient world.  While the study of children has been on the rise in a number of fields, the methodologies by which we listen to and learn from children in ancient Judaism and Christianity have not been critically examined. 

Dr. Garroway writes, “This collection of essays proposes that while the various lenses of established methods of higher criticism offer insight into the lives of children, by filtering these methods through the new field of Childist Criticism, children can be heard and seen in a new light.”

Dr. Kristine GarrowayDr. Garroway’s scholarly interests include the status of children in the ancient Near East at the intersection of texts and material culture. She received her doctorate in Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in 2009. Dr. Garroway is the author of Growing Up in Ancient Israel (2018) and Children in the Ancient Near Eastern Household (2014).


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