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2018 Outstanding Faculty Award Petree College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe

Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe - 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award Petree College of Arts and Sciences

Lisa M. Wolfe is Professor in the Endowed Chair of Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University, where she started teaching in fall 2007.

Lisa grew up in northeastern Ohio, in the city of Stow. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1990, where she was active in the Wesley Foundation. She received her M.Div. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH in 1996, and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2000. Over the years she has served more than six different churches, specializing in youth ministry, Christian education, and interim ministry. Along the way she also has held the role of children’s hospital chaplain, church camp counselor, job coach and even dental assistant.

Lisa received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Northwestern University’s joint program with Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary in Religious and Theological Studies in July of 2003. At that time, she became Assistant Professor of Old Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, where she later served as Director of the Harriet L. Miller Women's Center.

Wolfe's areas of expertise include Wisdom Literature, in particular Ecclesiastes, and women in the Hebrew Bible. In 2010 Living the Questions released Lisa's DVD Bible Study series, "Uppity Women of the Bible." Cascade Press published the companion book to that series, Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs and Judith in 2011. The title of a February 2012 book review in Sojourners magazine gave it the catchier title "Widow, Queen, Lover, Warrior" and noted that "Wolfe explores in detail and readable prose the stories of some of the 'uppity women' of the Hebrew Bible and Apocrypha." In addition, Lisa has authored over thirty entries for The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, which she fondly dubs her "bad words of the Bible" project. From 2013 to 2017, Lisa worked with OCU Hebrew students researching a Dead Sea Scroll fragment that belongs to the Museum of the Bible Collection; their collaborative research was published by Brill: "Psalm 11:1-4" with OCU Undergraduate Religion Majors Allison Bevers, Kathryn Hirsch, Leigh Smith and Daniel Ethan Watt in Publications of Museum of the Bible Vol. 1: Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection (Eds. Emanuel Tov, Kipp Davis, and Robert Duke). Lisa also contributed a chapter in that volume entitled "Manuscript Research as Pedagogy." Currently Lisa is finishing the Ecclesiastes volume for Liturgical Press’ Wisdom Commentary Series. Above all, Lisa enjoys teaching on these topics and others not only at OCU, but also in local faith communities.

Lisa is a member of Church of the Open Arms United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, OK. She and her husband Fred Mischler have two children who keep them busy with camping, tennis, scouting, and traveling to see family members around the country.