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I’m currently working on a public engagement project titled Reimagining Paul that builds on my previous academic research. Reimagining Paul has commissioned two new works of art that will tour different venues, inviting visitors to ‘reimagine’ Paul, particularly with reference to themes of identity.

The project builds particularly on my doctoral research, which explored the complexity of Paul’s self-presentation with respect to gender. I focused on 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 in the context of his letters. With Reimagining Paul, I am interested in what it 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.

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 contributor to The Two Cities podcast, which explores the intersection between theology and culture, and talk a bit about my doctoral research on this episode.

Education

PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London (2021)

MA in Biblical Studies: Language and Literature, King’s College London (2013)

BA in Theology, King’s College London (2012)

Publications

Journal articles

  • Grace Emmett, “The Apostle Paul’s Maternal Masculinity”, Journal of Early Christian History, 11.1 (2021).

  • Grace Emmett, “‘You Weakened Him’: Jesus’s Masculinity in Mary Magdalene”, Religion and Gender, 10.1 (2020), 97–117 available Open Access here.


Blog posts

Blog Posts

    Projects


    • 2021–Present: Reimagining Paul. See the project webpage for further information.

    • 2018: Co-organiser of ‘(De)Constructing Masculinity: Manifestations of Maleness, Male Sexuality, and the Male Body in Greco-Roman Antiquity’. A write-up of the conference is available here.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences


    • Speaker at seminar event themed around Reimagining Paul at St Mark’s Broomhill and Broomhall, 30th January 2023.


    Previous conference papers:

    • “Reimagining Paul: Apostolic Portraits of Masculinity”, Sheffield Centre for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, November 2022

    • “Re-forming Romans 8: First Reformed and Reversing the (Eco)Hermeneutical Flow”, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Bible & Film unit), November 2021

    • “Becoming a Pauline Scholar: Masculinity Studies and ‘Proper’ Pauline Studies”, British New Testament Society Conference (Paul session), August 2021

    • “Becoming a Man: Paul and Masculinity Studies”, King’s College London Biblical Studies Research Seminar, 17th February 2021

    • (With Hannah Burke-Tomlinson) “Paul and Propertius: Appropriating the ‘Weaker Voice’ through Servile Self-Presentations”, British New Testament Conference, Liverpool, September 2019.

    • “‘You Weakened Him’: Jesus’s Masculinity in Mary Magdalene”, British New Testament Conference, Maynooth, September 2018.

    Memberships

    Society of Biblical Literature

    British New Testament Society

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