Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible (Newberg, OR)


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Peterson Toscano, a Quaker performance artist and Bible scholar has shaken up Bible academics and received high praise for his ground-breaking, genre-bending, gender blending Bible scholarship. By unearthing the stories of gender-variant people in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Toscano’s one-person play deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories and presents an array of Bible characters with an array of genders.

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November 14, 2014 7:00 PM
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan
Newberg, OR 97132

Offering will be taken.

 

I attended a workshop with Peterson in which he announced that he was doing a show on the transgender people in the Bible. I thought to myself, Hey, I'm a biblical scholar, and I don't know any transgender folks in the Bible! Now I know! I applaud Peterson for bringing to the fore in this play a new way of looking at the Bible! Bravo! No, bravissimo! I had to look at my own sexual stereotypes and how I bring them to biblical interpretation! 

Michael Willet Newheart
, Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Howard University School of Divinity

 

As a biblical scholar I'm always a bit skeptical about dramatic interpretations of biblical texts, whether they will truly capture the complexity of the originals; however, Peterson's performances bring to light dimensions of the texts that many, even those of us who spend hours with the text on the page, fail to see. By bringing the stories and characters to life we're able to see the human-ness of the biblical narratives in all its gore and glory.

Lynn Huber
, Associate Professor of Religious Studies--New Testament and Early Christian History, Elon College.

 

Whether it's a workshop or one of his performance pieces, Peterson's presentations are always filled with humor and love, and more sensitivity to the experiences of transgender people than any non-trans person that I know.

Abby Louise Jensen
, Event Organizer, TransFormAZ

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