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Bernadette J. Brooten
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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. Bernadette has written Women Leaders in the Ancient Synagogue: Inscriptional Evidence and Background Issues  (1982), and Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism (1996).  She has edited, with the editorial assistance of Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies (2010). In addition to a MacArthur Fellowship, Bernadette has held fellowships from the Harvard Law School, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other agencies. Her current research is on early Christian women who were enslaved or who were slave-holders. The ancient sources of canon law, in conjunction with Roman law and in comparison with early rabbinic law, are an important site for this inquiry. She will particularly explore biblical interpretation as a source for the nexus of canonical provisions for slavery, marriage, and church celibacy.