I’m working on a project currently titled “Reimagining Paul: Apostolic Portraits of Masculinity” that will build on my recently completed doctoral research to explore the complexity of Paul’s self-presentation with respect to gender. Paul’s disabled (2 Cor 10:10, 12:7b–10, Gal 4:13–15), marked (Phil 3:5, Gal 6:17), enslaved (Gal 1:10, Phil 1:1, Rom 1:1, 1 Cor 9:19, 2 Cor 4:5), and maternal (1 Thess 2:7b–8, 1 Cor 3:1–3, Gal 4:19) body is not commonly found in visual representations of the apostle. What might it mean for conceptions of masculinity to visualise these Pauline themes and remember Paul in ways that resist more prominent depictions of him as convert, preacher, and letter-writer?
Through this project, I will commission visual depictions of Paul corresponding to the themes above, to be staged as a public exhibition in the summer of 2022. The exhibition will explore the questions above and be accompanied by a series of public lectures, aiming to facilitate dialogue between the academy and the Church on the topic of biblical and contemporary masculinities.
You can read more about my PhD thesis—entitled “Becoming a Man: Un/Manly Self-Presentation in the Pauline Epistles”—here
. I’m interested in gender criticism of Paul’s letters, as well as the New Testament generally, the reception of biblical texts in film, and eco-hermeneutics.
I am also a co-host on The Two Cities podcast
, which explores the intersection between theology and culture, and talk a bit about my doctoral research on this episode