Duke UniversityC  Meyers

Carol Meyers is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Duke University. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, and she received the MA and PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She has lectured and published widely in several fields: biblical studies, archaeology, and gender in the biblical world. She has also been a frequent consultant for media productions, including NBC-TV’s “The Human Animal” series, DreamWorks’s “Prince of Egypt,” Nova’s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” and many segments of the A&E “Mysteries of the Bible” and “Biography” series.

A prolific scholar, she is the author of over 600 articles, reports, and reviews; and she has authored, co-authored, or edited twenty-one books. Her 2013 book, Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, is a landmark study of women in ancient Israelite society. And her reference book, Women in Scripture (2000), is the most comprehensive study ever made of biblical women. Other recent books include Exodus (2005), Households and Holiness: The Religious Culture of Israelite Women (2005), and (with Eric Meyers) Excavations at Ancient Nabratein (2009). Among her edited books are: Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media (edited with E. Meyers; 2012); The Pottery from Ancient Sepphoris (edited with E. Meyers, 2013); and The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life (edited with E. Meyers and M. Chancey, 2014).

Meyers has been a staff member or co-director of numerous archaeological field projects in Israel since the 1960s, most recently at Sepphoris, where the Mishna was codified in the early third century ce. She is the recipient of the American Schools of Oriental Research’s prestigious MacAllister Field Archaeology Award for her “outstanding contribution to ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean archaeology.”

Meyers recently served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature. She is currently a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and its Jerusalem affiliate, the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research; and she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation. She has served on the editorial boards of many reference works and journals and was a senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East and a consulting editor for both The Contemporary Torah and The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary.

She is involved in several areas of Jewish life in North Carolina. She has served for many years on the board of the Judaic Art Gallery of the North Carolina Museum of Art and is a trustee of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina. She is also a member of the Triangle Jewish Chorale, which performs Jewish music in the state and abroad.

Lectures: 

  • Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present (ppt)
  • All About Eve: The Latest Word on the First Lady
  • Women in the Bible: Who Are They and What Did They Do?
  • Work and Worth: Women’s Household Activities in Ancient Israel (ppt)
  • Women and Music in Ancient Israel (ppt)
  • Miriam, Music, and Miracles
  • The Menorah in the Bible: From Moses to the Maccabees (ppt)
  • Mosaics and Multiculturalism: Discoveries at Ancient Sepphoris (ppt)
  • Was Ancient Israel a Patriarchal Society?
  • Barely Visible but Very Real: The Religious Culture of Israelite Women (ppt)
  • Women and Wisdom: Biblical Images, Lofty and Lowly (ppt)
  • Piety and Pragmatism: Ancient Synagogues of Galilee (ppt)
  • What Did David Eat? Daily Fare in Biblical Times (ppt)