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Appalling Bodies: Queer Figures Before and After Paul's Letters

Joseph A. Marchal


The letters of Paul are among the most commonly cited biblical texts in ongoing cultural and religious disputes about gender, sexuality, and embodiment. This book reframes these uses of the letters by reaching past Paul toward other, far more fascinating figures that appear before, after, and within the letters: androgynous females, castrated males, enslaved people, and barbaric foreigners. Each of these ancient figures deployed in these letters is situated within a specifically Roman imperial setting, an ambiance that cast them as complicated, debased, and dangerous. While the letters repeat ... More

Keywords: gender variation, eunuch, Gentile, letter, epistle, queer temporality, queer theory, slave, Paul, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190060312
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190060312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph A. Marchal, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Ball State University

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