Bernadette J. Brooten

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Brandeis University

Bernadette J. Brooten is the Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies, of Women's and Gender Studies, of Classical Studies, and of Religious Studies at Brandeis University. She is the founder and director of the Brandeis Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, which focuses on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Her current research is on early Christian women who were enslaved or who were slave-holders. The ancient sources of canon law, in conjuction with Roman law and in comparison with early rabbinic law, are an important site for this enquiry. In particular, Bernadette explores biblical interpretation as a source for the nexus of canonical provisions for slavery, marriage, and church celibacy. 

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