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Fonseca-Quezada Channah, Ph.D. student, Biblical Field

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Channah Fonseca-Quezada

Ph.D. student, Biblical Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:


Channah is a PhD student working in the area of Early Judaism as a major, and a minor in Early Christianity. Her research interests are situated around history, gender, poetry, and text criticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls. She is particularly interested in studying feminine imagery found in the Scrolls and what role it plays in the larger corpus. In the past, Channah has focused on the Hebrew Bible, more specifically, studying feminine imagery in Hebrew poetry. Her ThM thesis focused on Daughter Zion as it appeared in the Book of Lamentations.


  • McMaster University, Ph.D. in Religious Studies, 2017–
  • Vancouver School of Theology, Th.M. in Theology, 2017
  • Eastern Mennonite Seminary, M.A. in Religion, 2015
  • Goshen College, B.A. in Communication, 2011


TA Experience

  • From Creation to Exile, McMaster University, Fall 2018
  • Images of the Divine Feminine, McMaster University, Winter 2018
  • Archaeology and the Bible, McMaster University, Fall 2017
  • Hebrew Bible, Vancouver School of Theology, 2016-2017
  • Biblical Hebrew TA at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 2014-2015


Ecclesial/Inter-religious Teaching

  • Adult education classes and workshops on Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew Chant and Biblical Literacy (in variety of churches and synagogues in the U.S and Canada), 2015-2017



  • “Lamentations & Trauma." Presented at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Regina, May 2018 


Book Review

  • The Prophets Speak on Forced Migration. By Mark Boda, Frank Ames, John Ahn. Reviewed for the Anglican Theological Review 100 (2018).