Dr. Amanda Mbuvi
Assistant Professor of Religion, High Point University
Amanda Mbuvi presented "Avadim Hayinu: An Intersectional Jewish Perspective on the Global Ethic of Solidarity" as part of the Parliament of the World's Religions "Grappling with the Global Ethic: Multi-Religious Perspectives on Global Issues Conference". Watch Below!
I was drawn to the Hebrew Bible because of its vivid stories and rich language, and because of the way it connects the various streams of my identity. Born into an interracial family, I grew up Jewish in the black church. In the classroom, I draw on that experience to help students encounter voices from a wide variety of perspectives, expanding their horizons while also developing their own point of view.
My research also brings together multiple streams. I approach biblical studies from an interdisciplinary perspective, engaging questions of identity and community that are prominent in both the biblical texts and contemporary conversations about how we live with those texts and with each other. My first book, Belonging in Genesis: Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation, was recently published by Baylor University Press.