Primary Department
School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
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Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number
AHC S102

Academic biography

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.

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.