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Sara Parks

Assistant Professor- New Testament Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Sara received her PhD in Early Judaism with a minor in Historical Jesus at McGill University in Montreal in 2016, and her MA in New Testament and Christian Origins there in 2005. Before coming to Nottingham, she taught Biblical Studies at both McGill and Concordia universities in Montreal.

She originally hails from the province of New Brunswick, on the East Coast of Canada, where she received a double major with distinction in Biblical Studies and English literature at Crandall University and a diploma in Fine Arts from NSCAD University.

Her current post is as Assistant Professor in New Testament Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Expertise Summary

Sara would love to work with PhD candidates on the history and literature of the Second Temple Period, including the history and literature of early Jesus movements and the New Testament. Particularly interested in uncovering women's histories and voices in this time period, Sara's first book, Women in Q: Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus, is due out with Fortress Lexington Press in 2019. She has recently published articles in The Bible & Critical Theory and New Blackfriars about the gendered politics of citation in second-temple and New Testament studies, and the biblical studies classroom as restorative secular space. She is now under contract for an undergraduate textbook on "Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean" for Routledge Press (2020).

In her spare time, she is writing about the relationship between Augustan moral reforms and the construction of gender in early Christianity; anti-Judaism in feminist New Testament interpretation; humour in the Maccabaean literature, and Paul's construction of "Gentiles."

Modules Sara has taught include: Women and Gender in the New Testament, Biblical Greek, Reading Women in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, Literary Themes of the Hebrew Bible, Life and Teachings of Jesus, and Introduction to the Study of the New Testament.

Teaching Summary

Sara is a historical-critical feminist biblical scholar who specialises in the history and literature of the Second-Temple Period, including the early Jesus movements. Her areas of special interest… read more

Research Summary

* Currently working on an interdisciplinary textbook aimed at undergraduates on the topic of women in Jewish and Christian antiquity, with activities and guides to primary sources (co-authored with… read more

Recent Publications

  • SARA PARKS, 2019. "Historical-Critical Ministry? The Biblical Studies Classroom as Sacred Secular Space" New Blackfriars Review. 23, (In Press.)
  • SARA PARKS, 2019. ‘The Brooten Phenomenon’: Moving Women from the Margins in Second-Temple and New Testament Scholarship The Bible & Critical Literature. 14(2), (In Press.)
  • SARA PARKS and KATE JOHNSON, 2018. “Prayer and Meditation Spaces on Canadian Campuses: Status, Challenges, and Recommendations”. In: ADRIANA TULISSI, ed., Spirituality and Religious Pluralism on Canadian Campuses Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. (In Press.)
  • SARA PARKS, 2018. Women in Q: Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus Fortress Academic. (In Press.)

Sara is a historical-critical feminist biblical scholar who specialises in the history and literature of the Second-Temple Period, including the early Jesus movements. Her areas of special interest include the histories of early Jewish and early Christian women, the historical Jesus, and Q. She teaches contextual critical analysis of the New Testament and adjacent texts in their early Jewish context, with an eye to the construction of gender and the parting of the ways between Judaism and Christianity.

Current Research

* Currently working on an interdisciplinary textbook aimed at undergraduates on the topic of women in Jewish and Christian antiquity, with activities and guides to primary sources (co-authored with Dr Meredith Warren at University of Sheffiled and Dr Shayna Sheinfeld at Centre College, Kentucky), under contract with Routledge

* Currently working on invited chapter on women and gender for an Oxford Handbook to the Apocrypha

* Currently revising book manuscript on Women in Q: Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus for Fortress Press

Past Research

* Sara Parks, "Historical-Critical Ministry? The Biblical Studies Classroom as Sacred Secular Space" New Blackfriars (2019)

* Sara Parks, "'The Brooten Phenomenon': Moving Women from the Margins in Second-Temple and New Testament Scholarship," The Bible & Critical Theory 14/2 (2018): 2-20.

* PhD Dissertation: "Spiritual Equals: Women in the Q Parable Pairs"

* (funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada): Research Assistant for the Visual Reception History of the Apocrypha: Tobit and Sarah. Principal Investigator:Dr. Gerbern Oegema, McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies.

* (funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada): Research Assistant for the Modern Relevance of Early Jewish non-canonical Texts. Principal Investigator:Dr. Gerbern Oegema, McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies.

Future Research

Next things to write include: * article on Paul's Construction of the Gentile in the rhetoric of 1 Corinthians (co-authored with Dr Matthew Anderson of Concordia University, Montreal)

* currently proposing a major research project on anti-Judaism in feminist New Testament scholarship

* Currently writing on humour in 2 Maccabees

* Currently writing a pedagogy piece on engaged ancient language-learning

* ongoing interest in Harry Potter and the Bible

  • SARA PARKS, 2019. "Historical-Critical Ministry? The Biblical Studies Classroom as Sacred Secular Space" New Blackfriars Review. 23, (In Press.)
  • SARA PARKS, 2019. ‘The Brooten Phenomenon’: Moving Women from the Margins in Second-Temple and New Testament Scholarship The Bible & Critical Literature. 14(2), (In Press.)
  • SARA PARKS and KATE JOHNSON, 2018. “Prayer and Meditation Spaces on Canadian Campuses: Status, Challenges, and Recommendations”. In: ADRIANA TULISSI, ed., Spirituality and Religious Pluralism on Canadian Campuses Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. (In Press.)
  • SARA PARKS, 2018. Women in Q: Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus Fortress Academic. (In Press.)
  • SARA PARKS, 2017. The Bible in the Work of J. K. Rowling
  • SARA PARKS, 2007. Widening the Possibilities for Ancient Biblical Interpreters: 1 Maccabees and “Scripture” Scriptura: Nouvelle Serie: Interprétation et Textes Sacrés: L’herméneutique Multiforme Des Grandes Religions. 8(2), 23-36.

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