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This seminar focuses on texts from the Mediterranean world of late antiquity, particularly as they relate to Christian origins. While it studies the New Testament, it also considers the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi texts, patristic literature, rabbinic material, and Greco-Roman texts.

Professor John Edwards

Professor Emma Wasserman

Jermaine Ross-Allam

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Meeting Schedule

09/19/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Hegemonic Masculinity: A Useful Category for New Testament Analysis?
Colleen Conway, Seton Hall University


As the use of critical masculinity studies for New Testament interpretation has proliferated, so have debates regarding the concept of hegemonic masculinity and its applicability to New Testament writings. Biblical scholars are not alone in raising questions about Raewyn Connell’s theory of hegemonic masculinities. Various objections, questions and refinements to the theory can be found across the humanities. Nevertheless, the concept remains at the center of critical studies of masculinities because no other theory has offered so clear an account of power relations between patterns of masculinity. Given both the ongoing significance of this social theory of hegemonic masculinity and its weaknesses, this paper explores the potential of an alternative framework offered by historian Ben Griffin. Griffin’s proposed four-fold operation for the historical study of power and masculinity will be tested for its usefulness for biblical analysis with the usual suspects as subjects – Paul, Jesus and other male heroes from Acts.

11/07/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Amy Meverden, Manhattan College

01/30/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Paul Dilley, University of Iowa

02/13/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Matthew Larsen, Princeton University

04/02/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Davina Lopez, Eckerd College

04/16/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

Lynne Bahr, Fordham University