Elsa Tamez is Mexican-Costa Rican, resident in Colombia. She is Professor Emeritus of the Latin American Biblical University and translation consultant of the United Bible Societies. She received her doctorate in theology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and her degree in literature and linguistics from the National University in Costa Rica. She has written several books and innumerable articles on the contextual reading of the Bible, and on feminist reading of the Bible. In recent years she has worked as a Bible translation consultant for sign languages. For her hermeneutical work she has received several awards.