Joan R. Branham

WSRP Research Associate 2007-2008
Acting Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program for 2007-08

Research project

Ritual, Gender, and Space in the Jerusalem Temple, Ancient Synagogues, and Early Churches

This project examines late-antique Jewish and Christian strategies to contend with the Jerusalem Temple tradition, including its gendered and spatial constructions. The literary and material mapping of temple space onto early churches and synagogues—and even onto ritualized bodies operating within them—reveals a variety of rhetorical and iconographical endeavors to reject, reinterpret, and appropriate the powerful influence of the Jerusalem forerunner.

WSRP lecture

Mapping Sacrifice on Bodies and Spaces in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

Course

HDS 1881: Ritual, Gender, and Space in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity (Spring 2008)