Megan Case

Megan Case, Postdoctoral Fellow & Judaic Studies Coordinator

Megan Case, Postdoctoral Fellow & Judaic Studies Coordinator
Megan Case, Postdoctoral Fellow & Judaic Studies Coordinator

Department of Religion and Culture
342 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6885 | mlcase@vt.edu

Megan Case is the postdoctoral fellow in Judaic Studies and coordinator of the Judaic Studies minor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech.

Her research addresses the intersections of gender, sexuality, and society in the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel, and the ancient Near East. In her dissertation, which is also her first book project, Case examines the social order presented in the biblical book of Judges, focusing on how the foundation of the society rests on the proper control of female and male bodies, such as through the exchange of women as wives or the rules of hospitality. In this form of government, proper regulation of bodies results in social harmony, while improper regulation brings in social disorder.

Case has also published and presented on the depiction of sexual activities in the Song of Songs, female inheritance laws in the book of Numbers, and the logic of the misogyny found in the Davidic court in the books of Samuel and Kings. She completed a bachelor’s degree in religion and anthropology at Gettysburg College, a master of divinity at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a master’s degree and doctorate in religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Hebrew Bible
  • Gender and Sexuality in the Bible
  • Formative Judaism
  • New Testament/Christian Origins
  • Social-Scientific Biblical Criticism
  • Feminist Theories/Methodologies
  • PhD in Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • MA in Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • MDiv in Biblical Studies, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2011
  • BA in Anthropology and Religion, Gettysburg College, 2006
  • Coordinator, Virginia Tech Judaic Studies Program
  • Contributing Editor, Religion and Borders Series, Lexington Books/Fortress Press
  • Member, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016.
  • David Bruton, Jr. Graduate School Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015.
  • Graduate School Continuing Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015.
  • G. Howard Miller Graduate Student Excellence Fund Grant, The Department of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015.

Books

Journal Articles

“Procuring Virgins, Performing Peace: Reconciliation through the Exchange of Women in Judges 21.” Vetus Testamentum. Forthcoming.

“Cunning Linguists: Oral Sex in the Song of Songs.” Vetus Testamentum 67 (2017): 171–86.

Book Chapters

“The Marriage Injunction of Num 36: Zelophehad’s Daughters and the Intersection of Land Inheritance and Sex Regulation.” Sexuality and the Law in the Torah. Edited by Hilary Lipka, F. Rachel Magdalene, and Bruce Wells. The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Other Publications

“The Boy in the Refrigerator: 2 Kgs 4:8–37.” In 2 Kings, by Song-Mi Suzie Park. Vol. 12 of Wisdom Commentary Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019.

“Introduction to 2 Maccabees.” Pp. 275–285 in Jewish Fictional Letters from Hellenistic Egypt: The Epistle of Aristeas and Related Literature. By L. Michael White and G. Anthony Keddie. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 37. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2018.

“Introduction to Greek Esther.” Pp. 317–325 in Jewish Fictional Letters from Hellenistic Egypt: The Epistle of Aristeas and Related Literature. By L. Michael White and G. Anthony Keddie. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 37. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2018.

 

  • “‘Where You Go, I Will Go’: Female Friendship in the Hebrew Bible.” The American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2019.
  • “Anti-Semitism and the Ancient Near East.” Anti-Semitism Teach-In, Department of Religion and Culture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, May 2019.
  • “Questions of Power and Sacredness in Religious Traditions.” Respondent to the G. Howard Miller Undergraduate Panel, 4th Annual Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference: Magic, Miracles, and the Paranormal in Religious Imaginaries, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, April 2016.
  • “Biblical Women in the Jewish Tradition.” Crusader Bible Study Day, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, March 2016.
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Judaism: History, Culture, Heritage
  • Religion and Violence
  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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