Susan A. Brayford

Office: Centenary College
P.O. Box 41188
Shreveport, Louisiana 71134
(318) 869-5050

Home: 426 Coventry Court
Shreveport, Louisiana 71115
(318) 798-9849


  • Ph.D., Religious and Theological Studies - Biblical Interpretation Concentration
    University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology, May, 1998
    Dissertation: The Taming and Shaming of Sarah in the LXX of Genesis
    Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Pamela M. Eisenbaum
  • M.A.R., With Honors
    Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO May, 1994
    Major: Biblical Interpretation
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude
    Thiel College, Greenville, PA May, 1968
    Major: Religion

Awards and Honors

  • ATLAS Sabbatical Grant from Louisiana Board of Regents, 2005-2006
  • SBL "Next Generation" of Society Leadership, 2002
  • Endowed Professor of the Humanities (mini-chair), 2001-2003
  • Research Professor in the Humanities (student/faculty grant), 2001-2003
  • Outstanding Recent Graduate, Iliff School of Theology, 2001
  • Pacesetter Award, Centenary College, 2000-2001
  • Faculty Summer Grant, Centenary College, 2000
  • SBL Regional Scholar, Rocky Mountain/Great Plains Region, 1999
  • Student of the Year, Iliff School of Theology (IST), 1998
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, IST , 1998, 1995, 1993
  • Cyrus Ames Wright Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student, Iliff/University of Denver, 1995
  • Gerald L. and Florence M. Schlessman Graduate Fellowship, Iliff/University of Denver, 1994-1996
  • SBL Student Paper Award, Rocky Mountain/Great Plains Region, 1994
  • American Bible Society Award, Iliff School of Theology 2001-2003, 1993

Academic and Related Experience

  • Centenary College of Louisiana
    Associate Dean
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
    Associate Professor
    Religious Studies Department
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
    Assistant Professor
    Religious Studies Department
  • University of Denver
    Instructor in Biblical Hebrew
  • Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver, 1993-1997
    Adjunct Faculty Biblical Hebrew Grammar and Exegesis, 1996-1997
  • Teaching Assistant for:
    • Dr. David Petersen, Hebrew Bible, 1995
    • Dr. Pamela Eisenbaum, New Testament, 1996-1997
    • Dr. Gregory Robbins, New Testament, 1997
  • Research Assistant for:
    • Dr. David Petersen, 1994
    • Dr. Pamela Eisenbaum, 1998
  • University of Colorado
    Guest Lecturer
    Old and New Testament
  • Aprisa Multimedia Corporation
    Biblical Hebrew Consultant


Review of The Septuagint, Sexuality, and the New Testament: Case Studies on the Impact of the LXX in Philo and the New Testament, William Loader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmanns 2004

"Tenured and Teaching in Shreveport." SBL Forum. June 2004.

The Septuagint of Genesis: A Commentary. Leiden: E.J. Brill. Forthcoming.

“The Domestication of Sarah: From Jewish Matriarch to Hellenistic Matron,” In 14th Klutznick-Harris
Symposium Volume, edited by Leonard Greenspoon. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press

"To Shame or Not to Shame: Jewish Identity and Gender Ideals," Semeia 87 (2001): 163-176.

"Translation Theory," In A Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation, edited by A. K. M.
Adam, 254-260. St. Louis: Chalice Press. November, 2000.

Review of The Earth Story in Genesis, ed. Norman C. Habel and Shirley Wurst. Journal of Religion
and Society
. (May, 2000).

Review of Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, ed. Karel Van der Toorn, Bob Becking
and Pieter W. Van der Horst. Journal of Religion and Society. (May, 2000).

Review of Violence, Utopia, and the Kingdom of God: Fantasy and Ideology in the Bible, ed. George
Aichele and Tina Pippin. Journal of Religion and Society. (August, 1999).

Papers Presented

  • AAR/SBL National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2003
    Respondent to Dr. Dennis Tucker - "Honor and Shame in the Psalms"
  • AAR/SBL National Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November, 2002
    Respondent to Dr. Sarah Dille - "Honour and Shame in Second Isaiah"
  • Klutznick-Harris Symposium, Omaha and Lincoln, October, 2001
    NB Presenter – “The Domestication of Sarah”
  • AAR/SBL Regional Meeting, Dallas, TX , March, 2001
    Plenary Speaker - "The Use of Web-Based Technology in the Teaching of Religion"
  • AAR/SBL National Meeting, Nashville, TN, November, 2000
    Respondent to Dr. Ronald Boer - "On the Question of Mode of Production"
  • AAR/SBL National Meeting, Bostom, MA, November, 1999
    Presenter – "Expanding the Playing Field: The LXX and Cultural Studies"
    Presenter – "Sex and the Native Egyptian: The Significance of Difference"
  • AAR/SBL National Meeting, Orlando, FL, November, 1998
    Presenter – "The Function of Shame in the Pentateuch"
  • AAR/SBL Regional Meeting; Omaha, NB, March, 1998
    Presenter - "No Shame, No Gain: Redefined Gender Roles of Diaspora Jews"
  • SBL National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November, 1997
    Presenter - "The Suppression of Women’s Sexuality in the Greek Genesis"
    Panelist - "Discussion of an Experiment in On-Line Conferencing"
  • National Woman’s Studies Association; St. Louis, MO, June, 1997
    Panelist - "Feminist Creativity in the Study and Practice of Religion"
  • Western Jewish Studies Association; Tucson, AZ , April, 1997
    Presenter - "Can Sarah Still Have Pleasure?"
  • AAR/SBL Regional Meeting; Salt Lake City, UT, May, 1997
    Presenter - "Can Sarah Still Have Pleasure,"
  • AAR/SBL Regional Meeting; Denver, Colorado, April, 1996
    Presenter - "The Taming of Joshua"
  • AAR/SBL Regional Meeting; Denver, Colorado , April, 1995
    Presenter - " Two Perspectives on Intermarriage in Post-Exilic Judah"
    Respondent to Dennis R. MacDonald - "Where Wrede Went Wrong"
  • AAR/SBL Regional Meeting; Boulder, Colorado , April, 1994
    Presenter - "Tamar and Judah: Role Reversal and Restoration"

Academic Committee Work

  • Course Review and Petitions Committee, 2004-2005
  • Search Committee for Vice-President of Development, 2004
  • Courseload Parity Study, 2002-2003
  • Search Committee, Vice President of Finance and Administration, 2003
  • Economic Development Committee, 2001-2004
  • Enrollment Management Committee, Centenary College, 1999-2001 (Chair, 2000-2001)
  • T.L. James Chair Search Committee, 1999-2001
  • FYE (First-Year Experience) Planning Committee, 1999-2002
  • Human Subjects Committee, 1999-2004
  • Faculty Advisor, Honor Court, Centenary College, 1990-2000
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Religion and Society, 1999-Present
  • Steering Committee, SBL Program Unit, Social Sciences and the Hebrew Bible, 1998-Present
  • Editor, Self-Study Report, Iliff School of Theology, 1997-1998
  • Joint Doctoral Program Review Committee, University of Denver, 1997
  • Board of Trustees Sub-Committee on Diversity, Iliff School of Theology, 1997
  • Mediator Task Force, Iliff School of Theology, 1997
  • Student Representative, Tea and Talk Series, Joint Ph.D. Program, 1996-1997
  • Coordinator, Biblical Interpretation Area Colloquia Series, Joint Ph.D. Program, 1995-1997
  • New Testament Search Committee, Iliff School of Theology, 1993-1994


Biblical Languages (Reading)

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Akkadian
  • Biblical Greek
  • Ugaritic

Modern Languages (Reading)

  • French
  • German

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies
  • American Academy of Religion