Transfigurations–Transgression Gender in the Bible (Simpson College)


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Peterson Toscano 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 original performance-lecture deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories and presents an array of Bible characters with an array of genders.

Drawing on inspiration from interviews with transgender and genderqueer individuals, Peterson Toscano weaves their experiences into the stories of transgender and gender-variant people from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Hilarious and moving, Toscano’s one-person show deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories as he presents an array of characters with an array of genders.

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.
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November 20th, 2014 7:00 pm
Simpson College
Hubbel Hall, Kent Campus Center
701 North C Street, Indianola, Iowa, 50125
515-961-6251

 

Peterson Toscano's work combines astute readings of the Bible with great story-telling and comedy. He offers interpretations of the texts and insights that even experienced biblical scholars haven't seen before. When portrayed by Toscano, Bible stories and characters come to life with wit, sympathy, and humor.

Dale Martin
, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University. Author of Sex and the Single Savior

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In a word, Peterson is phenomenal. I was hooked in fifteen minutes. I sat there, watching him bring moments of scripture to life in ways I had not considered, and scrambled to figure out how soon I could bring him to my campus. It turns out, he’s even more delightful in person. His compassion matched by conviction and a wickedly smart sense of humor, a rare combination, make interactions with Peterson memorable, uplifting, and often life-changing.

Jennifer G Bird, PhD
, Bible scholar, speaker, and author. www.permissiongrantedthebook.com

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