Professor Melissa Raphael

Professor Melissa Raphael



As well as teaching at Leo Baeck College in the areas of modern Jewish thought and Jewish responses to evil and suffering, Melissa Raphael is Professor of Jewish Theology at the University of Gloucestershire and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester.  She has been the Sherman Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester; the Hussey Lecturer in the Church and the Arts at the University of Oxford, and the British Government’s Foreign Office delegate to the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance and Research.

Professor Raphael is the author of numerous articles and books.  Her books include Thealogy and Embodiment: The Post-Patriarchal Reconstruction of Female Sacrality (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996); Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness (Oxford University Press, 1997); The Female Face of God in Auschwitz:  A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Routledge, 2003), and Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art (Continuum, 2009).

Professor Raphael’s new book, Religion, Feminism and Idoloclasm: Being and Becoming in the Women’s Liberation Movement will shortly be published by Routledge.  She is also an editor, with responsibility for Jewish art, of the Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts 1500 – The Present (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).