I am applying for a GLCA New Directions grant to provide time to research and write a book tentatively titled Preaching about Women in the Old Testament. I am requesting $10,800 to provide two summer stipends (2013 and 2014) for research and writing, and travel money to attend a conference. The summer stipends will allow me to conduct research in preparation for a sabbatical in the fall of 2013, when I will write a draft, and then time for revision in 2014. The book will explore the texts about women in the Old Testament, and consider how those texts might be preached in meaningful ways to contemporary women and men who live in a very different cultural context. This is a new project for me because my graduate education and most recent scholarship is in the field of American religious history. I have done quite a bit of preaching, and I regularly teach a unit on Women in the Bible in one of my courses, and I wrote a book about feminist theology. Writing a how-to book about preaching (homiletics) is a very different kind of scholarship than I have done in the past, and it offers a way for me to combine a number of my interests in a new project. It is a move from history to homiletics.