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The Rev. Deborah A. Appler has accepted an appointment to teach Old Testament at Moravian Theological Seminary beginning in August 1999. She is currently assistant to the director of the Carpenter Program on Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesesse, where she is also completing doctoral studies in Hebrew Bible. Until recently she was also development editor, Bible and Reference, at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, where her projects included work on the New Interpreter’s Bible and the Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation.
Appler is a graduate of Western Maryland College with a B.A. in Chemistry and earned the M.Div. degree at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Following graduation from Perkins, she served in parish ministry for six years in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and was active in various Conference ministries. She has also served as Chaplain of the Monroe-Harding Children’s Home in Nashville.
While at Vanderbilt, Appler has participated in four archaeological expeditions in Israel, most recently serving as a staff member for the Megiddo Expedition in 1998. She has taught in the undergraduate program at Vanderbilt and also in the Graduate Department of Religion and
the Divinity School. She has also been a master teaching fellow in the Graduate Department of Religion, supervising and training teaching assistants, and an instructor in the Graduate Colloquium on Teaching in the Graduate Department of Religion.
Appler has been the recipient of a number of named scholarships and fellowships during her study at Vanderbilt and she has presented papers before regional and national meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, of which she is a member.