Howard University School of Divinity
Alice Ogden Bellis was born and raised in North Carolina. She attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated from Duke University with a BA in Religion magna cum laude, from Howard University with an MDiv cum laude, from Catholic University with an MA and PhD in Semitic languages, and most recently from Howard University with an MBA. An ordained minister and Professor of Hebrew Bible at Howard University School of Divinity for over 25 years, before joining the faculty at HUSD, she was first an assistant, then associate, and twice acting head of staff at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Bellis has written numerous books and articles, including Proverbs (Wisdom Commentary Series; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press), which won the 2019 Catholic Publishers Association Book of the Year Award. Her most recent book is Africa and the Bible: Corrective Lenses (Eugene, OR: Wifk and Stock), an edited volume of the writings of Gene Rice, emeritus professor of Old Testament at Howard University School of Divinity. She has also just published an edited volume, How Plausible Is a Kushite Role in Sennacherib’s Retreat? A Conversation with Henry Aubin’s The Rescue of Jerusalem (JHS 19:7 (Piscataway Township, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2019. See full publication list below. Before coming to Howard, she served as a pastor for fifteen years and still is actively involved in a church community; she preaches on a regular basis in the DMV area. Nana (as she is known to her grandchildren) has two married adult daughters, Margaret Douglass English and Elizabeth Ogden Bellis Wolfe, both attorneys, three grand-daughters Azalea and Vivian Bellis Wolfe and Clara English, and one grandson, Henry Bellis Wolfe. She is married to Dr. Jeff Nicoll, a physicist, who is also an alumnus of HUSD (MA - RS, 2018). They live in Washington, DC. Alice Bellis enjoys swimming on Washington, DC's Water Wizards Swim Team, knitting, gardening, and working on her house.
Publications. “Proverbs in Recent Research,” CBR, 20: 2 (2022). Copyright © 2022 Sage Publishing, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1476993X211067160, “I Am Burnt But Beautiful: Translating Song 1:5a,” JBL 140, 2021, 91-111. Alice Ogden Bellis, ed., How Plausible Is a Kushite Role in Sennacherib’s Retreat? A Conversation with Henry Aubin’s The Rescue of Jerusalem, JHS 19:7 (2019) and Pistacaway Township, NJ: Gorgias. Africa and the Bible: Corrective Lenses – Critical Essays by Gene Rice (her former senior colleague), edited by Alice Ogden Bellis (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2019).Proverbs (Wisdom Commentary Series 23; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018), Winner of Book of the Year Award by the Catholic Publishers Association. Science, Scripture, and Homosexuality. Co-authored with Terry Hufford, Biology Professor Emeritus at George Washington University (Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2001, reissued Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011). Helpmates, Harlots, and Heroes: Women’s Stories in the Hebrew Bible (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, l994); 2nd revised edition, 2007.)The Priests in the Prophets: The Portrayal of Priests, Prophets, and Other Religious Specialists in the Latter Prophets (JSOTSup408; London/New York: T & T Clark International, 2004), co-edited with Lester L. Grabbe. Jews and Christians and the Theology of Hebrew Scriptures (co-edited with Joel Kaminsky, Hebrew Bible Professor at Smith College, SBL Symposium Series; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, November 2000). Doing the Twist to Amazing Grace (Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 1998). Resistance and Restoration: The Message of the Prophet Jeremiah, l998-99 Bible Study for Presbyterian Women (Louisville, KY: Presbyterian Publishing House, 1998). Way Back. Edited autobiography of Elizabeth Singletary (Hemingway, SC: Three Rivers Historical Society, 1998). Many Voices: Multicultural Responses to the Minor Prophets, edited by Alice Ogden Bellis (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1995).The Structure and Composition of Jeremiah 50:2-5l:58 (Lewiston, NY: Mellen Biblical Press, 1995).