Elaine A. Phillips

      explores the stories of women in the Bible


Elaine Phillips is a professor of biblical studies at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and an adjunct professor for Jerusalem University College in Israel. She authored "Esther" in The Expositor's Bible Commentary (Zondervan, 2010).

My Work

While most of my writing has been in the academic realm, it has been a pleasure to venture out and explore connections with more popular audiences.  I hope this small offering will speak to the lives and experiences of all members of God's family.

As an example in the academic venue,  you may visit the Esther section of The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Volume 4, revised edition.


"...In many ways, our journeys parallel theirs. Anxiety, disappointment, bitterness, and tragedy still dog our paths. At the same time, God's faithfulness has not diminished one bit and we can trust him to be our perfect guide and guardian" (p. 139).

"...As we reflect on the whole span of Hannah's life, it doesn't hurt to revisit the place where we initially saw her... While Hannah was weeping and praying, she was also making a vow that would make most of us pause. It's remarkable, isn't it, that Hannah asked God to fulfill the deepest desire of her heart, and when he did, she gave it right back to him! I have to ask myself (again) how I can develop the trust that God will both give and receive back in the ways that are best..." (p. 109).


"Phillips captures the power and faithfulness of God in both the well-known and lesser-known narratives of women in Scripture whose lives manifest unambiguously that with God, all things are possible!" -- Dorothy F. Chappell PhD, Dean of natural and social sciences, Wheaton College

"To read this book is to travel to faraway places and learn from women who end up looking a whole lot like us." -- Jan Carlberg, former first lady of Gordon College; author of Hungry Heart.

Book-signing  4/3/14