Bernadette J. Brooten
has published groundbreaking work on early Jewish and Christian women and sparked important debates on social issues. The Roman Catholic theologian and professor from the US made a name for herself with her study of the apostle Junia, a work which is now celebrated as a landmark achievement in biblical research and classical theological women’s studies. The Faculty of Theology is honoring Bernadette J. Brooten for her groundbreaking work on the history of early Jewish and Christian women, which has sparked a new wave of discussions on economic and social matters.
Brooten is a celebrated feminist scholar of gender studies who works with a tireless passion to facilitate the interdisciplinary study of the history of discrimination phenomena in the context of ancient and modern slavery. For instance, she is the founder and director of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project that aims to create Jewish, Christian and Muslim sexual ethics rooted in freedom, mutuality, responsibility and female (as well as male) pleasure. Meanwhile, this framework is intended to be free of the “slaveholder values” that are found in the sacred texts and traditions of these three religions and are frequently associated with the sexual exploitation of women and girls.