Homelessness and the Hebrew Bible


Erica Lee Martin, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Instructor of Hebrew Scriptures. Dr. Martin is the School of Theology and Ministry’s (STM) first Core Faculty member. She works from a desire to fulfill the STM commitment to inter-faith, inter-cultural theological education and is passionate about presenting students with the skills to become ‘empowered’ readers of scripture, and nurturing the growth of each individual student’s interpretive voice.

Dr. Martin’s publications include “The Christian Bible and the Jews” in the Anselm Companion to the Bible, Carvalho, Corrine L., ed. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2014; “Noah in the Qur’ān,” in After the Deluge: Post-Biblical Traditions of Noah, Michael E. Stone, Aryeh Amihay and Vered Hillel, eds. Leiden: Brill, 2010; and “The Rabbinic Knife: How and Why the Rabbis Castrated Noah,” in Interpretation, Religion and Culture in Midrash and Beyond, Volume IV, Lieve Teugels and Rivka Ulmer eds. New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2010.

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Podcast Produced by Steve Wilhelm

Jeremy Phillip Brown earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. His primary area of research is Jewish mysticism. He teaches at the University of San Francisco in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice, and with Berkeley-based Lehrhaus Judaica. He lives in Oakland, California with his partner Valeria and son Rafael.

Centering Wisdom


Dr. Martin shared a number of biblical stories in the video above. Which of the stories resonated with you most? Why?

What do you think about the idea of “nahala,” both in the biblical context and in that of today’s world? Were you previously aware of this idea within the Hebrew Scriptures? Are there equivalent instances of ‘nahala’ that you see in popular culture today?


Consider creating a list of items you rely upon in everyday life. 

What impacts would the loss of these items have in the short and long terms?