The Department of Religious Studies stands in solidarity with people of Asian descent who are experiencing and have long experienced the continued legacies of racism, heinous acts of terror, and murder. We acknowledge the added layers of pain, trauma, and grief upon communities already impacted by Covid-19. We also recognize the recent increase in hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In light of the 3,795 incidents received by Stop AAPI Hate (, in addition to the numbers of anti-Asian hate crimes unreported, we recognize the shared trauma of systemic racism and inequity in AAPI communities as well as other minority groups. 

The Department of Religious Studies cares about, and for, our AAPI community and wants to support our students, faculty, and staff as they process the pain of these events. We also recognize the larger work of advocacy in confronting and dismantling racism in all of its forms. We hope as allies to be a resource to confront and dismantle the products of hate. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” 

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Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Thiede on her recent publication of Male Friendship, Homosociality, and Women in the Hebrew Bible: Malignant Fraternities. Routledge, 2021.

Brief summary:

"Male alliances, partnerships, and friendships are fundamental to the Hebrew Bible. This book offers a detailed and explicit exploration of the ways in which shared sexual use of women and women’s bodies engenders, sustains, and nourishes such relationships in the Hebrew Bible." Read more about this book on the Routledge website.

Dr. Chris Greenough, co-director of the Shiloh Project, enjoyed the book so much, he wrote the following comments to Dr. Thiede: 

"The text is so well written, the argument is highly persuasive throughout - whip-smart writing.  I particulary loved the endnotes too - the first time I've ever read through every endnote in a text, just because I didn't want to miss more of your gems! I'll certainly be using it in my own research. Thank you for wriiting and publishing it!"

The book can be purchased on the Routledge website or read online through Taylor and Francis ebooks.