Dr Holly Morse

Lecturer in Bible, Gender and Culture

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I joined the Religion and Theology Department in 2016. Before arriving in Manchester, my doctoral work, supervised by Prof Susan Gillingham at the University of Oxford, focused on the biblical figure of Eve and her cultural reception, especially in marginalised readings of Genesis. This research was selected to become part of the Oxford University Press Oxford Theology and Religion Monograph series, a series which 'showcases the finest new DPhil research from the University of Oxford Theology Faculty'. The book, Encountering Eve's Afterlives: A New Reception Critical Approach to Genesis 2-4 is now available in print and digital versions.

My ongoing research interests include the Hebrew Bible, gender, visual arts, female biblical interpretation, and hermeneutics. I have written on biblical literature, gender, trauma, abuse and the visual arts (see publications page for more information).

I am co-founder of the Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre, with Dr Kirsi Cobb of Cliff College. The BGC Research Centre focuses on biblical and practical gender studies, and how these intersect and inform the lives of women and men in the contemporary church. 

About the Centre

The Sophia Network’s ‘Minding the Gap’ report recently demonstrated that, although women make up 65 per cent of the church in the UK, 62 per cent of these women have experienced some form of sexism in church. More than half of the respondents also indicated that this was a problem that existed on an institutional rather than on an individual level. To see the full report, please click here. These statistics and others make it clear that research on gender, both in the Bible and the church, is sorely needed. The BGC Research Centre aims to foster research in biblical gender studies, as well as through various projects to affect change in the church and academia so that both women and men can be empowered to ‘live life to the full’.

The centre is a joint initiative between Cliff College and The University of Manchester.

Our inaugural lecture took place during Cliff Festival on Monday the 27 May 2019. Rev’d Dr Susan Shooter delivered a lecture entitled ‘Yet in my Flesh Shall I See God: Researching Faith With Survivors of Abuse’, with responses from Dr Kirsi Cobb and myself.

 I am also co-founder of the Biblical Reception Research Network.



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Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, And God Created Woman: An Exploration of the Meaning and the Myth of Eve, Oxford University (2012 - 2016)
  • Master of Studies, Religion and Theology, Oxford University (2009 - 2010)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History, Goldsmiths College (University of London) (2008 - 2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion and Theology, University of Bristol (2005 - 2008)

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