Emily Allsopp

Thesis title: A Feminist-Literary Critical Analysis of the Female Body in the Reproductive Metaphors of Isaiah



Emily is a PhD Candidate in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies



MTh in Biblical Studies, The University of Edinburgh

Sep 2019 - Aug 2020

BA (hons) in Theology, The University of Nottingham

Sep 2013 - July 2016

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of EABS (European Association of Biblical Studies)

Undergraduate teaching


Tutor - University of Edinburgh, School of Divinity

Prophets and Oracles (SEM1 2022/23)

The Bible in Literature (SEM2 2022/23)

Research summary


Emily's research focuses on the use of female bodies in prophetic imagery. Her dissertation focuses on the rhetorical function of female bodies, pregnancy, and birth in the Book of Isaiah. 

Research interests include literary and feminist criticism of the Hebrew Bible, prophetic texts (including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea), sexual and maternal imagery, and depictions of pregnancy and birth. Previous research has considered the use and function of sexual and gendered violence, the role of female bodies within marriage and sexuality, and feminist criticism of the Book of Hosea. 

Project activity


Author: Book chapter "Physical and Gendered Violence in Ezekiel" in 'The Bible and Violence' (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, forthcoming). 


Co-Author: Book chapter "Meanings and Representations" in 'A Cultural History of Pregnancy and Childbirth in Antiquity (800 BCE - 600 CE)' (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). 

Invited speaker


“They will writhe like a woman in labour”: Fear, Pain, and the Terrifying Female Body in Isaiah’s Birthing Imagery - Female Corporeality and Religion Conference, KU Leuven, Belgium, June 2023


(Re)Conceiving Virginity: The Female Body, Sex, and Pregnancy in Isa 7.14 in Feminist Perspective - Bodies of Communication Unit, EABS Summer Conference in Syracuse, Sicily, July 2023