Samuel Bak, Interpretation Danna Nolan Fewell



Danna Nolan Fewell joined the Drew faculty in the fall of 2000 as Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Theological School and in the Graduate Division of Religion. Prior to coming to Drew she had taught for thirteen years at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She holds an M.T.S. and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

Her teaching and research interests include literary and cultural approaches to biblical narrative, feminist criticism, the Bible in art, children and biblical literature, and the ethics of reading. During her career she has been a three-time recipient of the Scholarly Outreach Award sponsored by the Lilly endowment, as well as a three-time recipient of the Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (in 1999 by Southern Methodist University; in 2004 and 2010 by Drew University).

In addition to numerous scholarly articles, her published works include Compromising Redemption: Relating Characters in the Book of Ruth (nominated for the Jewish Book Award in 1990), Circle of Sovereignty: Plotting Politics in the Book of Daniel (1991), Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (1993), Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible‚Äôs First Story (1993), The Children of Israel: Reading the Bible for the Sake of Our Children (2003), and Icon of Loss: The Haunting Child of Samuel Bak (2009). She is the editor of Reading Between Texts: Intertextuality and the Hebrew Bible (1992) and the co-editor of Bible and Ethics of Reading (1997) and Representing the Irreparable: The Shoah, the Bible, and the Art of Samuel Bak (2008). She is currently editing the new Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative, a volume of fifty-one essays by some of the world’s most noted and most recent authorities on various aspects of biblical narrative.

In addition to teaching and writing, Danna has been a general editor of three major book series: Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation (Westminster/John Knox), Biblical Limits (Routledge Press), and Semeia Studies (published by the Society of Biblical Literature). She also served as program chair for the Reading, Theory, and the Bible and the Children in the Biblical World sections of the Society of Biblical Literature. She currently President of the MidAtlantic Regional SBL.

Danna is married, has a twenty-three year old daughter, and a ten year old Labrador Retriever. Her husband David teaches AP Environmental Studies and Anatomy and Physiology at Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Their daughter, Aubrey Sinclair, a Drew graduate, is a budding singer-song writer currently working on her first album and performing in local venues. Their dog Ellie excels in chasing squirrels, treeing bears, and being every guest’s new best friend. The Fewells live in Boonton Township, NJ, where they do not enjoy shoveling snow, but take great delight in gardening, watching birds and bats, keeping bees and chickens, and entertaining friends.

Contact Dr. Fewell:

Office: Seminary Hall 105

Tel: 973.408.3543


Mail: 36 Madison Ave. | Drew University | Madison, NJ 07940


    Image: Samuel Bak, Interpretation, 2003, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in. BK937. Pucker Gallery, Boston, Mass. Used by Permission