Dr. Gale A. Yee Announced as Recipient of the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal by the Graduate Theological Foundation

Dr. Gale Yee

Dr. Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, has been awarded the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies by the Graduate Theological Foundation. Named for the Swedish theologian and New Testament scholar, Emeritus Bishop of Stockholm, Professor Emeritus and former dean of Harvard Divinity School, the Krister Stendahl Medal is awarded annually to an eminent Biblical scholar. Past recipients include The Rev. Professor John Barton of Oxford University, and Dr. Christo Lombaard, Professor of Christian Spirituality at the University of South Africa.  

Dr. Yee will be awarded the Medal on May 8, 2015, at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana. As 2015 Krister Stendhal medalist, Dr. Yee will also give the 2015 Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture at the GTF on May 7, 2015. The lecture is named for the Lord Robert Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury and longtime supporter of the GTF. 

“I am honored to receive the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies,” said Yee. “I would like to thank the Graduate Theological Foundation, The Rev. Dr. Hugh Page, and the Stendahl Medal search committee for selecting me. I am flattered, but most of all humbled, to be chosen.”


Dr. Yee joined the EDS faculty in 1998 after many years at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota) as a Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of Women’s Studies. Although grounded in traditional historical critical methods, she enjoys applying the newer methodologies and approaches to the study of the biblical text, such as postcolonial criticism, ideological criticism, and cultural criticism. Yee also explores feminist theory and Asian American Studies to enhance her interpretations of the Bible.

She is particularly active in the Society of Biblical Literature, and was general editor of its series Semeia Studies for a number of years. She is currently an editor of the Texts @ Contexts Series for Fortress Press, which is devoted to contextual examinations of the Bible. She is also the co-editor of Fortress Bible Commentary project, which will not only approach the text from a historical-critical critical perspective, but also deal with its reception history and application to contemporary issues. The author and editor of several books and many articles, Professor Yee’s current book project is Open Your Hand to the Poor: The Creation of Poverty in Ancient Israel, which operates under the assumption that if poverty was historically created, it can be historically eliminated.

Her book Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress Press) has been widely acclaimed as a major contribution to feminist biblical scholarship and an exemplary study utilizing ideological criticism. Most recently, Dr. Yee edited Joshua and Judges, part of the Texts @ Contexts series, to which she contributed her essay “Jael, Fa Mulan, and American Orientalism.” She also researches the sexual depiction of Hebrew Bible women in art. Yee earned her BA and MA at Loyola University of Chicago, and her PhD at University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College.

About The Graduate Theological Foundation

Established in 1962, the Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) has a highly diverse student body and faculty who represent the four branches of Judaism, a number of Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, three branches of Islam, Buddhism, and secular belief systems. To learn more about the GTF, visit www.gtfeducation.org.

About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is a progressive center for study and spiritual formation for lay and ordained leaders. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS awards Masters degrees in Divinity and Theological Studies, Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and Certificates in Anglican Formation; Justice, Reconciliation, and Mission; and Christian Spiritualities for the Contemporary World.

EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of 10 eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion in the Boston area.

A seminary for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Divinity School is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Episcopal Divinity School is an academic community of biblical, historical, and theological inquiry that respects students as responsible learners with valuable experience, supports spiritual and ministerial formation, and provides tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation. To learn more about EDS, visit www.eds.edu.