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Alice Keefe


Alice A. Keefe is a scholar of women and religion with focus on the gender symbolism in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).  Her book, Women’s Body and the Social Body in Hosea, offers a new approach to the interpretation of Hosea’s famous marriage metaphor. Keefe also has published in the area of Buddhist-Christian dialogue and served for ten years as book review editor for the journal of Buddhist Christian Studies.  Professor Keefe joined the UW-Stevens Point Department of Philosophy faculty in 1994. View CV.  She enjoys downhill skiing, sailing, gardening and meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. 


  • Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
  • Religion and Health
  • Scripture and Interpretation
  • Women and Religion


Keefe, Alice A. (2019). “Tending the Fire of Anger: A Feminist Defense of a Much Maligned Emotion.” Buddhist Christian Studies. Vol. 39. University of Hawaii Press.

Keefe, Alice A. (2016). “Religion, Gender and the Liberation of Bodies: A Response to Roland Boer’s The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel.” Horizons Biblical Theology. Vol. 38/2: 153–160.

Review of Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters, eds. Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi in the Review of Biblical Literature. 

Keefe, Alice A. (2010). “Hosea, the Book of” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, edited by Daniel Patte. Cambridge University Press.  

Keefe, Alice A.  (2001.) Women’s Body as Social Body in Hosea. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series. Volume 338: Gender, Culture, Theory. Volume 10. Continuum Press.  



  • UPDC Grant Recipient for “The Practice of Shugendo Today” field research in Japan
  • UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award (2001)


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian-Buddhist Studies

The world is changing fast and the jobs of tomorrow cannot even be imagined today. Remember that the purpose of going to college is to LEARN HOW TO LEARN.

-Alice Keefe


“How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others” by T.M. Luhrmann

Professor of Religious Studies

CCC 489A


Ph.D. - Religion
Syracuse University

M.A. - Religion
Claremont School of Theology

B.A. - History
Dartmouth College


Introduction to the Study of Religion
Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament)
Religion and Health
Religion and Society in Ancient Israel