Emeritus Professor Elaine Mary Wainwright
BA(Hons) , BSS Pontifical Biblical Commission, Rome , Élève Diplomée École Biblique, Jerusalem , MTheol CTU, Chicago , PhD, University of Queensland
- Professor of Theology
Research | Current
- Developing multi-dimensional frames for reading biblical texts
- Ecological readings of Biblical texts
- The Bible in/and popular culture
- Contextual issues and biblical interpretation
I am currently undertaking an ecological reading of the Gospel of Matthew. This has entailed the development of a framework for reading. Using this hermeneutical lens, I am preparing a reading of the gospel for publication in the new Earth Bible Commentary Series being published by Sheffield Phoenix.
I am also a co-author of the Gospel of Matthew in the new Wisdom Commentary Series edited by Barbara Reid.
- Being Human in the Image of God in a Samoan Gendered Church.
- The Study of Luke-Acts as a Vehicle and Model of Holistic Mission in the Anglican Church of Central Tanzania.
- Jesus and Homelessness in the Gospel of Matthew
- The Impolite Jesus: An Analysis of Jesus "Rudeness" in the Gospel of Matthew from the Perspective of a First-Century Reader.
- Local Family First: A Samoan Postcolonial Interpretation of Discipleship in the Matthean Gospel.
- Narrative readings of the Satanic: Mimetic theory and the development of the synoptic demonic.
- Biblical Theologies of Land in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- A Contextual reading of Woman Wisdom in Proverbs 1-9 and the totimi kuchou (true woman) concept of womanhood in Sumi Naga tribes of India.
Areas of expertise
New Testament - especially Gospel of Matthew
Bible and Popular Culture
Feminist and ecological readings of the New Testament
Society of Biblical Literature Programme Committee International Meeting
President - Society of Asian Biblical Studies
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Wainwright, E. M. (2014). "Save Us! We are Perishing!": Reading Matthew 8:23-27 in the Face of Devastating Floods. In J. Havea, D. J. Neville, E. M. Wainwright (Eds.) Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania (pp. 21-37). Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature.
- Wainwright, E. M. (2013). Of Borders, Bread, Dogs and Demons: Reading Matthew 15.21-28 Ecologically. In A. H. Cadwallader, P. Trudinger (Eds.) Where the Wild Ox Roams: Biblical Essays in Honour of Norman C. Habel (pp. 114-126). Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press.
- Wainwright, E. M. (2013). Of Dogs and Women: Ethology and Gender in Ancient Healing. The Canaanite Woman’s Story – Matt 15:21-28. In S. Alkier, A. Weissenrieder (Eds.) Miracles Revisited: New Testament Miracle Stories and their Concepts of Reality (pp. 55-69). Berlin: De Gruyter.
- Wainwright, E. M. (2013). Reading the Gospel of Matthew Ecologically in Oceania: Matthew 4:1-11 as Focal Text. In N. W. Duran, J. P. Grimshaw (Eds.) Matthew (pp. 255-270). Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: Fortress Press.
- Wainwright, E. M. (2012). Images, words and stories: Exploring their transformative power in reading Biblical texts ecologically. Biblical Interpretation, 20 (3), 280-304. 10.1163/156851512X651096
- Caesar, A. H., & Romani, G. (2011). INTRODUCTION. In A. H. Caesar, G. Romani, J. Burns (Eds.) (pp. 1-+). MANEY PUBLISHING.
- Wainwright, E. M. (2011). Text@Context to Borrow a Phrase: A Contribution from Oceania. Paper presented at Contextuality and Intercontextuality in Public Theology, University of Bamberg, Germany. 23 June - 25 June 2011. Contextuality and intercontextuality in public theology: proceedings from the Bamberg Conference 23.-25.06.2011.
- Wainwright, E. M. (2011). Beyond the Crossroads: Reading Matthew 13,52 Ecologically into the Twenty-First Century. The Gospel of Matthew at the Crossroads of Early Christianity (pp. 375-388). Leuven: Peeters.