Missio Dei Community

Symposium on Gender & Sexuality in the Scriptures

Join us for a “Happy Hour” conversation over Zoom on Gender and Sexuality in the Bible on Sunday May 30th from 1-3pm. Dr. Sharon Jacob is a Bible scholar and professor at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. She will visit the story of the Ethiopian eunach in the book of Acts (which you can find here) with us and explore the text with some new lenses. What might we discover about gender, race, and ambiguity?

From there we’ll have further conversation and Q&R with Dr. Jacob on whatever topics we decide to engage in. In addition to the story noted above, if you have time you may wanna familiarize yourself a tad with the story of Ruth. It’s 4 fairly short chapters in the Hebrew bible that you can find by clicking here.

While it’s common usage is as a learning opportunity, the word symposium comes from Greek and translates “drink together.” So grab a beverage of any sort, some snackage, and we hope to see you for engaging conversation and contemplation.

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Sharon Jacob is an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Pacific School of Religion. Sharon earned her Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary and Masters of Sacred Theology from Yale University. She earned her Ph.D from Drew University. Her research interests include gender and sexuality studies, feminist theory, race and whiteness theory, and postcolonial theory. Her publications include a monograph entitled, Reading Mary alongside Indian Surrogate Mothers: Violent Love, Oppressive Liberation, and Infancy Narratives. She has also co-authored an essay entitled, “Flowing from breast to breast: An Examination of Dis/placed Motherhood in Black and Indian Wet Nurses,” in Womanist Biblical Interpretations: Expanding the Discourses published by Society of Biblical Literature Press. Her essay entitled “Imagined Nations, Real Women: Politics of Culture and Women’s Bodies. A Postcolonial, Feminist, and Indo-Western Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:8-15,” in Handbook to Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics was published by T & T Clark earlier this summer. More recently her essay entitled, “Jezebel and Indo-Western Women: Nation, Nationalism, and the Ecologies of Sexual Violence in Revelation 2: 20-25” in Ecological Solidarities: Mobilizing Faith and Justice for an Entangled World (World Christianity) was published by Penn State University Press, 2019). Sharon is also a regular contributor to the Electronic Feminist Studies of Religion where she has written several blogs on various topics. Some of her latest blogs are, “Jauhar, Mass-Suicide, and the Spectacle of Death: A Reading of Mark 5:1-20,” and “When the Subaltern Speaks! Why Caste Must Matter in the Case of Hathras.” In addition, she has also authored blogs on topics of Whiteness and White Supremacy, and Caste Supremacy in the Indian context. Here are few examples of her latest works, “White Incredulity and Why it Matters? Distrust, Disbelief, and the Immigrant Experience,” “Not Loved Back! George Floyd and Rohith Vemula: Race, Caste, and their Intersections.


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