Fellow: Awarded 2018
Field of Study: Religion
Competition: US & Canada
Jeremy Schipper is Professor of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His research focuses on the Hebrew Bible (sometimes called the Old Testament) and issues of disability and race. Currently, he and his Temple University colleague Nyasha Junior are working on a book titled Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon (Oxford University Press).
Schipper’s other books include Ruth: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (Anchor Yale Bible; Yale University Press, 2016); Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant (Oxford University Press, 2011); Disability Studies and Biblical Literature (co-edited with Candida R. Moss; Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Parables and Conflict in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009); This Abled Body: Rethinking Disability and Biblical Studies (co-edited with Hector Avalos and Sarah Melcher; Society of Biblical Literature, 2007); and Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible (Bloomsbury, 2006).
As a Guggenheim Fellow, Schipper will be writing a book currently titled Demark Vesey’s Bible: Biblical Interpretation and the Trial that Changed a Nation. In 1822, Denmark Vesey, a formerly enslaved man of African descent, was convicted of plotting an insurrection in Charleston, South Carolina. The book focuses on uses of biblical texts during Vesey’s trial and its aftermath.