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Gary A. Phillips

Spring 2015

Gary A. Phillips is the Edgar H. Evans Professor of Religion and former Dean of the College at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  Prior to his arrival at Wabash in 2006, Phillips taught at The College of the Holy Cross for 19 yrs and later the University of the South for 8 yrs, where he chaired the Religion Department and directed its First Year Program. He is a graduate of Lynchburg College and Vanderbilt University and has studied at the Collège de France and the Sorbonne. He has authored more than 6 dozen articles, book chapters, exhibition catalog essays, translations, dictionary and encyclopedia entries. Phillips’ published books include The Postmodern Bible (1995), Poststructural Criticism and the Bible: Text/History/Discourse (1990), Intertextuality and Reading the Bible with George Aichele (1996), Bible and Ethics of Reading with Danna Nolan Fewell (1997), Reading Community Reading Scripture with Nicole Duran (2002, Levinas and Biblical Studies with David Jobling and Tamara Eskenazi (2003), Representing the Irreparable: The Shoah, the Bible, and the Art of Samuel Bak with Danna Nolan Fewell and Yvonne Sherwood (2008), and most recently Icon of Loss: The Paintings of Samuel Bak (2009) with Danna Nolan Fewell. Phillips’ research and teaching are presently focused on ethical, aesthetic, philosophical, and theological questions related to the reading of the Bible after the Holocaust.  He and wife Alice (a Teacher Education supervisor for Purdue University with a second degree black belt in Kempo karate) have three children: Jessica (a Broadway and TV actress in Manhattan), Brooke (a computer graphic artist and website analyst in Los Angeles), and Benjamin (a marketing content director of a start-up dot com in Brooklyn), and two grandsons (Jonah, 14, and Malcolm, 8).