Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 2-5

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. v-vi

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-18

The story in Acts 8:26-40, which occupies what could be a pivotal point in the middle of the first half of the Acts of the Apostles, narrates the baptism of a unique character introduced in 8:27 as “an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians”...

read more

1. The Meaning of Eunuch

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 19-38

My contention that strategies developed by queer theorists offer new ways of reading the ambiguities in the identity of the Ethiopian eunuch productively rests on the premise that it is legitimate to read him as a male who had been castrated and who thus occupied an ambiguous place within ancient constructions of masculinity. There are scholars of biblical, classical, and ancient...

read more

2. Queer Theory

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 39-66

Now that I have established that it is legitimate to read the Ethiopian eunuch as a castrated male, I will introduce queer theory and some of the strategies queer theorists have developed for dealing with issues of identity, difference, and ambiguity. Then I will be able to apply these strategies first to an analysis of the ambiguities of ancient eunuchs in general, and then to a reading of the...

read more

3. Ancient Masculinities

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 67-94

Queer theorists have developed effective strategies for reading differences and ambiguities as sites for deconstructing and denaturalizing identity categories, in order to create space for more bodies to be recognized as fully human. By applying these strategies to the story in Acts 8:26-40, I will demonstrate that it is possible to read the Ethiopian eunuch as a figure who queers ancient identity...

read more

4. Eunuchs

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 95-122

My central argument is that ancient eunuchs can be read as queering figures—that is, as figures in and through whom the constructedness and instability of ancient identity categories can be made visible. Eunuchs can be read as queering figures because they trouble and destabilize the intersecting discourses of gender, sexuality, class, and race that produced the ancient...

read more

5. Queering Acts

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 123-148

My initial analysis of the history of the interpretation of the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40 identified ambiguities in the various axes of the character’s identity. My analysis also identified a variety of ways in which readers have addressed these ambiguities. Some readers have ignored the ambiguities altogether, and some have noted the ambiguities and concluded...

read more

6. Conclusions

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 149-152

The conclusions I have reached in this study not only represent valuable contributions to a variety of disciplines, but they also have important implications for future research.
In the introduction, I proposed that queer theorists have developed useful new strategies for reading ambiguities as rhetorically productive. My...

Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 153-184

Index of Names

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 185-188

Index of Biblical References and Ancient Literature

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 189-195

Back Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 203-203