My academic scholarship and research interests

I believe biblical interpretation consists of cultural, communal, and contextual practices; in other words, human enterprises. And human relationships represent complex modes of being. For me, the special key for the future comes with the body—the body engrossed in delineations, pleasures, suppressions, touch, un/stabilizations, gendered constructions and relationships. Behind and beyond theory and text, embodied humans linger. Clumsily, gracefully, tip-toeing, tromping, balancing, and mis/handling, humans create text, touch the text, put boundaries on the text, and read the text. Due to the proliferation of bodily identities and positions in a complex world, the ones entrusted with biblical interpretation, especially ones like me—white, middle-class, main-line Protestant—must continue to find ways to make room for one another, to destabilize hegemonic declarations so that multiple communities can enter into conversations, and to ethically examine one's own perspective based on one's communities in order to connect with the larger world.

"Katherine's gifted writing incorporates the literary and visual culture of Job with delightful interdisciplinary research that leads us inquisitively on a journey through ongoing discourse and artistic representations for more than two thousand years."
– Dr. Leo Perdue, Dissertation Director


The Bible, Gender, and Reception History: The Case of Job's Wife, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies series, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013

Dr. Katherine Low's Latest Book

Encyclopedia Articles

"Job's Wife: Judaism; Visual Arts; Christianity; Literature; Hebrew Bible/Old Testament" in Volume 14 of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, published by DeGruyter

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"Sharing a Mirror with Venus: Bathsheba and Susanna with Mirrors in Early Modern Venetian Art," in Biblical Reception, Vol. 2, 57-74 (November 2013):

"Implications Surrounding Girding the Loins in Light of Gender, Body, and Power" in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 36.1, 3-30 (September 2011):

"The Sexual Abuse of Lot's Daughters: Reconceptualizing Kinship for the Sake of Our Daughters" in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 26.2, eds. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre (Fall 2010):

"Satan's Seductress and the Apocalyptic Hero: The Body in American Apocalyptic Films at the Turn of the Century" in Journal of Religion and Film 13.2, ed. Michele Marie Desmarais, (October 2009):

"Holy Ground for Teaching and Learning" in Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education 5.1, eds. Deborah Osberg, William E. Doll, Jr. and Donna Trueit (July 2008):

Book Chapters

"Space for Women and Men: Masculinity Studies in Feminist Biblical Interpretation" in Susanne Scholz, ed. Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect, Vol. 3: Methods, pgs. 345-363 (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2016)

Book Reviews

Major review of Samuel Balentine's Have You Considered my Servant Job? Understanding the Biblical Archetype of Patience in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, January 2017.

Review of The Love of David and Jonathan: Ideology, Text, Reception by James E. Harding (Sheffield: Equinox, 2013), Review of Biblical Literature, July 2014


"Pairing Up: Reception History and Gender Theory," solicited article for The Bible and Interpretation website, August 2013.

"The Biblical Tradition of Wisdom," solicited faculty essay about Mary Baldwin College’s annual 2011-2012 theme of wisdom.