Rev. Dr. Lydia Hernández-Marcial was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a PhD in biblical studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Hernández-Marcial specialized in Hebrew Bible, and in particular, Wisdom Literature with her dissertation titled, “Life under the Sun: Contradictions and Resistance in Ecclesiastes from a Puerto Rican Perspective.”
Prof. Hernández-Marcial has taught at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. As a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she served as a pastor in several churches in Puerto Rico, where she taught Old Testament, Christian Ethics, and Christian Theology at the Disciples of Christ Bible Institute. Prof. Hernández-Marcial holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology from the University of Puerto Rico, an MDiv from the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico, an STM from the Union Theological Seminary (NY), and a ThM from the LSTC.
Some of the topics of her academic interest and research in the Bible are: the contextual readings of the Hebrew Bible, contemporary hermeneutics, Bible and pop culture, and the history of interpretation of ancient Israel’s scriptures.