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Clarice Martin

Jean Picker Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Religion, 306 Lawrence Hall
p 315-228-6101


BA, University of California, Riverside, 1972; MA, Wheaton Graduate School, 1974; Teaching Credential, University of California, Riverside, 1976; MDiv, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1981; PhD, Duke University, 1985

Teaching Experience

Colgate Rochester Divinity School, 1972-77; Princeton Theological Seminary, 1985-92; United Theological Seminary; Union Theological Seminary


New Testament (Christian Scriptures) language, literature, and early Christian origins; Graeco-Roman rhetoric; hermeneutics; history of exegesis; the world's religions; womanist thought and African American literature, intellectual history, and religion; Utopian idealism in the West; women's studies


  • Tongues of Fire: Power for the Church Today. Studies in the Acts of the Apostles, Horizons Bible Study, 1990-1991, Presbyterian Church (USA), April 1990
  • Pentecost 2. Interpreting the Lessons of the Church Year. Proclamation 6. Series A (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996)
  • For all Are One in Christ. The Unity and Diversity of the Body of Christ in Pauline Theology (Gal. 3:26-29) Presbyterian Church (USA) (January, 2000)
  • Articles include "Womanist Interpretations of the New Testament: The Quest for Holistic and Inclusive Translation and Interpretation" (1990)
  • Reprinted in Feminism in the Study of Religion. A Reader. Darlene M. Juschka, ed. (New York: Continuum 2001): 539-559
  • "Somebody Done Hoodoo'd the Hoodoo Man: Language, Power, Resistance, and the Effective History of Pauline Texts in American Slavery." Slavery in Text and Interpretation. Semeia 83-84 (Fall, 2000). Allen Callahan, Richard Horsley, and Abraham Smith, eds. (Atlanta: The Society of Biblical Literature, 2000): 203-233
  • "Womanist Biblical Interpretation," Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, John H. Hayes, gen. ed., Vol. 2 (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999): 655-658
  • "The Acts of the Apostles," Searching the Scriptures. A Feminist Commentary, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, ed. (Crossroad, 1994): 763-799
  • "A Chamberlain's Journey and the Challenge of Interpretation for Liberation," The Bible and Liberation. Political and Social Hermeneutics, Revised Edition (Orbis, 1993): 485-504
  • "Biblical Theodicy and Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics: 'The Miry Clay, the Horrible Pit, a New Song in My Mouth,'" Womanist Perspectives on Suffering and Evil: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Emilie Townes, ed. (Orbis, 1993): 8-30


  • Olive B. O'Connor Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University 1997-98
  • Research fellowships: Duke University, Princeton Theological Seminary, The Fund on Theological Education, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Member: The American Academy of Religion; Society of Biblical Literature; Society for the Study of Black Religion