This course is about reading the Bible transgressively, to transgress the binary heteronormative boundaries of sex and gender in the biblical text. To that end, students will read interpretations of biblical texts by those who read the text through the lens of their own gender identities. Similar to feminist hermeneutics, students will consider what constitutes a queer hermeneutic and whether one’s reading undermines or complicates the ease with which biblical interpretation undergirds normative configurations of sex, gender, and kinship or whether one’s reading provides some good news for the faith and life of LGBTQ+ readers.

Peacemaking is both a central theme and a purpose of Paul’s letter to the Romans. In the late 50s CE, the letter laid a theological foundation for peace among ethnically diverse communities of Christ-followers. Today it continues to guide and inspire readers who long for peace with God, with their human neighbors, within themselves, and with all creation. It is relevant politically as well as theologically. This seminar is an opportunity to study Romans in depth using a combination of historical, literary, and intercultural methods. As we read Romans together and then teach others, we will grow both as biblical interpreters and as witnesses for peace.