Sara Parks


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Dr Sara Parks began a new role as Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies (New Testament) at DCU in Sept 2021. She was formerly a Leverhulme Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in New Testament Studies at the University of Nottingham (2017-2021). Sara's PhD in Early Judaism and Historical Jesus (2016) is from McGill University, Montreal, where she also did an MA in New Testament and Christian Origins. Sara's recent book Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus (Lexington/Fortress 2019) looks at Jesus' attitudes to women in the gendered parable pairs of Q. Her textbook, Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean (with Shayna Sheinfeld and Meredith Warren), is just out with Routledge Press.

Sara warmly welcomes MA and PhD inquiries on any aspect of early Judaism and early Christianity and on any text in the Early Jewish Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, or Christian apocrypha, including their contemporary reception.

Sara is committed to inclusive pedagogies, accessible scholarship, and widening participation, and has won awards for both teaching and mentorship.


Year Publication
2022 Sara Parks, Shayna Sheinfeld, Meredith Warren (2022) Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean. London: Routledge Press. Link
2019 Sara Parks (2019) Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus: Women in Q. Lanham: Lexington Books / Fortress Academic. Link
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2018 Most Inspiring Teacher Theological Student Society University of Nottingham
01/01/2019 Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching (Nominated) University of Nottingham
01/01/2019 Best Mentor Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham
01/01/2019 Outstanding International Colleague University of Nottingham

Research Interests

Sara's main research interests are the construction of gender and the history of women in Second-Temple Judaism and early Christianity. Other research themes of interest within that time period include historical Jesus, Paul within Judaism, celibacy/asceticism, inner-Jewish conflict, anti-Judaism, apocalypticism, and contemporary theoretical lenses for the interpretation of texts and material realia (hermeneutics). Sara has also published on feminist pedagogy and the gendered politics of citation.

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 The Letters of Paul TP206
2022 The Gospels: Critical Themes and Issues TP403
2022 New Testament: The Gospels TP303