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Dolansky, Shawna, and Richard Elliott Friedman, The Bible Now, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Dolansky, Shawna,  Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Biblical Perspectives on the Relationship Between Religion and Magic, Pryor Pettengill Press, Eisenbrauns, 2008.

Dolansky, Shawna (Editor), Sacred History, Sacred Literature: Essays on Ancient Israel, The Bible, and Religion in Honor of R.E. Friedman on his 60th Birthday, Eisenbrauns, 2008.

Online Articles

How the Serpent Became Satan,” online at (website of Biblical Archaeology Review), 04-08-16.

Understanding Israel’s 10 Commandments,” online at (website of Biblical Archaeology Review), 04-15-18.

The Immortal Myth of Adam and Eve,” online at

The Debasement of Dinah,” online at

Regarding Azazel and Homosexuals in the Same Parasha,” online at

The Import of Lex Talionis in the Story of the Blasphemer,” online at

Why Can Women’s Vows Be Vetoed?” online at

Birkat Kohanim – The Magic of a Blessing,” online at

A Goddess in the Garden?” online at

Gilgamesh and the Bible,” online at

Sheol,” online at

Gender and the Hebrew Bible,” online at

Occasional columns on the Huffington Post throughout 2011 focused on interpreting the Bible in the modern world on topics such as abortion, homosexuality, and the celebration of Hanukah.

Print Articles

What is Gendered Historiography and How Do You Do It?” (with Sarah Shectman) in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 19, 2019.

A (W)ol(e)(y) Breach: Philology, Gender, and Meaning in the Holiness Code,” in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, Vol 8. (pp. 399-415), Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

“Rejecting ‘Patriarchy’: Reflections on Feminism, Biblical Scholarship, and Social Perspective” pp. 133-148 in Scribes and Scribalism. Ed. Mark Leuchter. Hebrew Bible in Social Perspective. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Re-Figuring Fertility Figurines From Biblical Judah: Fetishistic Functions of the Feminine Form,” Between Israelite Religion and Old Testament Theology: Essays on Archaeology, History, and Hermeneutics, Robert Miller ed., Peeter’s Press, 2016.

The Multiple Truths of Myths,” in Biblical Archaeology Review, Jan/Feb 2016.

Deuteronomy 34, The Death of Moses, Not of Source Criticism,” Journal of Biblical Literature,133, no. 3 (2014): 669-676.

Syria-Canaan” in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions, ed. Barbette E. Spaeth, Cambridge, 2013; pp. 55-75.

Dolansky, Shawna, “Parshat Korah” in The Women’s Torah Commentary, T. C. Eskenazi and A. L. Weiss, eds., Union of Reform Judaism Press, 2008; pp. 893-908.

Dolansky, Shawna, and Risa Levitt Kohn, “Parshat Vayishlah” in The Women’s Torah Commentary, T. C. Eskenazi and A. L. Weiss, eds., Union of Reform Judaism Press, 2008; pp. 183-201.

Friedman, Richard E., and Shawna Dolansky, “Pentateuch,” in Encyclopaedia Judaica, F. Skolnik and M. Berenbaum, eds., Thomson Gale Press, 2007; pp. 730-751.

Dolansky, Shawna, “A Goddess in the Garden? The Fall of Eve” in Milk and Honey: Essays on Ancient Israel and the Bible in Appreciation of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, eds. S. Malena and D. Miano, Eisenbrauns, 2006; pp. 3-21.

Freedman, David Noel, Shawna Dolansky, and David Miano, translation of ancient Hebrew inscription in The ‘Smoking Guns’ Are Illusory, in Biblical Archaeology Review March/April 2004; pp. 50-51.

Freedman, David Noel, and Shawna Dolansky “Omitting the Omissions: Haplography in the Hebrew Bible,”  in Imagining’ Biblical Worlds: Studies in Spatial, Social, and Historical Constructs in Honour of James W. Flanagan, eds. David M. Gunn and Paula McNutt, Bloomsbury, 2002; pp. 99-116.

Friedman, Richard E., and Shawna Dolansky, “After-life: The Biblical Silence,” in Judaism in Late Antiquity, Part 4: Death, Life-After-Death, Resurrection and the World-to-Come in the Judaisms of Antiquity, eds. A. J. Avery-Peck and J. Neusner, Brill, Leiden, 2000; pp. 35-59.