Accepting Ambivalence: Third Gender, Third Race, Third Space, Mysterious Transformations in Acts 8:26-40

Learning Hour
Sunday, February 21, 12:15 pm
ID: 889 6774 0143 Passcode: 261432

Professor Sharon Jacob from Pacific School of Religion is a fabulous, engaging teacher of New Testament.  Following our Theologian in Residence and our Racial Reconciliation workshops in the Fall, Dr. Jacob will bring a racial lens to some familiar stories from the Book of Acts.  Sometimes we get into black-and-white thinking, but Dr. Jacob helps us explore the middle ground, the grey area, the third way that Jesus offers.  There is so much more space for creativity than we might have thought!  Join this learning hour to explore, deepen your understanding of a familiar text or encounter it for the first time!

About Sharon

Sharon Jacob is an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Pacific School of Religion. Sharon earned her Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary and Masters of Sacred Theology from Yale University. She earned her Ph.D from Drew University. Her research interests include gender and sexuality studies, feminist theory, race and whiteness theory, and postcolonial theory. Her publications include a monograph entitled, Reading Mary alongside Indian Surrogate Mothers: Violent Love, Oppressive Liberation, and Infancy Narratives. She has also co-authored an essay entitled, “Flowing from breast to breast: An Examination of Dis/placed Motherhood in Black and Indian Wet Nurses,” in Womanist Biblical Interpretations: Expanding the Discourses published by Society of Biblical Literature Press.Her essay entitled “Imagined Nations, Real Women: Politics of Culture and Women’s Bodies. A Postcolonial, Feminist, and Indo-Western Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:8-15,” in Handbook to Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics was published by T & T Clark earlier this summer. More recently her essay entitled, “Jezebel and Indo-Western Women: Nation, Nationalism, and the Ecologies of Sexual Violence in Revelation 2: 20-25” in Ecological Solidarities: Mobilizing Faith and Justice for an Entangled World (World Christianity) was published by Penn State University Press, 2019). Sharon is also a regular contributor to the Electronic Feminist Studies of Religion where she has written several blogs on various topics. Some of her latest blogs are, Jauhar, Mass-Suicide, and the Spectacle of Death: A Reading of Mark 5:1-20,” and “When the Subaltern Speaks! Why Caste Must Matter in the Case of Hathras.” In addition, she has also authored blogs on topics of Whiteness and White Supremacy, and Caste Supremacy in the Indian context. Here are few examples of her latest works, “White Incredulity and Why it Matters? Distrust, Disbelief, and the Immigrant Experience,” “Not Loved Back! George Floyd and Rohith Vemula: Race, Caste, and their Intersections.”