Valerie A. Abrahamsen is an independent scholar, lecturer and retreat leader living in southern Vermont. Her primary research interests are women in antiquity and New Testament archaeology, especially the site of Philippi, Greece. She is the author of Paranormal: A New Testament Scholar Looks at the Afterlife (self-published 2015; printed by Shires Press, Manchester Center, VT); Goddess and God: A Holy Tension in the First Christian Centuries (2006); and Women and Worshipat Philippi: Diana/Artemis and Other Cults in the Early Christian Era (1995). She has published articles in The Oxford Companion to the Bible, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Names and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, and New Testament, Biblical Archaeologist and The Journal of Higher Criticism, and she is a book reviewer for Anglican and Episcopal History. She blogs bimonthly at WisdomWordsPPF.org on social justice issues, early church history and paranormal research.
Abrahamsen is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Archaeological Institute of America and appears in Who’s Who in America 2008, Who’s Who of Biblical Studies and Archaeology, and 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the Twentieth Century. She serves on the Boards of Estey Organ Museum (Brattleboro, Vermont) and the National Coalition of Independent Scholars and is an Associate of the Society of St. Margaret in Duxbury, Massachusetts. An active Episcopalian, she is a member of St. Michael’s in Brattleboro, Vermont, and served on the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee to choose the 11th Bishop of Vermont.