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Alice Ogden Bellis, Ph.D.

Professor of Hebrew Bible
Alice Ogden Bellis was born and raised in North Carolina. She attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated from Duke University with a BA in Religion magna cum laude, from Howard University with an MDiv cum laude, from Catholic University with an MA and PhD in Semitic languages, and most recently from Howard University with an MBA.

An ordained minister and Professor of Hebrew Bible at Howard University School of Divinity for over 20 years, before joining the faculty at HUSD, she was first an assistant, then associate, and twice acting Head of staff at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, VA.

Dr. Bellis has written numerous books and articles, including Helpmates, Harlots, and Heroes: Women’s Stories in the Hebrew Bible (Westminster/John Knox, 1994 & 2007), Science, Scripture, and Homosexuality, with Dr. Terry Hufford, Presbyterian elder at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and Emeritus Professor of Biology at George Washington University (Pilgrim Press, 2002; Wipf and Stock, 2011), and Jews and Christians and the Theology of Hebrew Scriptures (co-edited with Joel Kaminsky, Hebrew Bible Professor at Smith College, SBL Symposium Series; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, November 2000).

Professor Bellis has two married adult daughters, Margaret Douglass English and Elizabeth Ogden Bellis Wolfe, both attorneys, two adult married children by marriage, Heather Nicoll, a writer, and James Nicoll, a counter-terrorism specialist, one grandson, Henry Bellis Wolfe, and two granddaughters, Clara Marie English, and Katie Nicoll. She is married to Dr. Jeff Nicoll, a physicist, and lives in Washington, DC.

Dr. Bellis enjoys swimming, knitting, gardening, and working on her house. Wannabe hobbies for the future are portrait painting and learning to speak a foreign language, either Spanish or modern Hebrew and ultimately both.
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“Eve (and Eve-figures) in Film” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin, Germany: deGruyter Press, forthcoming).

“Assaulting the Empire: A Refugee Community’s Language of Hope,” in A.R. Pete Diamond and Louis Stulman, ed. Jeremiah (Dis)Placed: New Directions in Writing/Reading Jeremiah (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 529; New York: T & T Clark International, 2011), 219-34.

“The Rescue of Jerusalem from the Assyrians in 701 BCE by the Cushites,” in Raising up a Faithful Exegete: Essays in Honor of Richard D. Nelson, ed. by K.L. Noll and Brooks Schramm (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2010), 247-60.

“Teaching Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at a Historically Black Non-Denominational, University Related Divinity School.” Living Pulpit January, 2012.

updated: April 8, 2014
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