Broome academic contributes to the ‘History of Women and the Bible’

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Media Release

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Summer 9-2-2010

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University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus

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A wider knowledge of female contribution to the life of the society and of the Churches is the commitment of the Pasquale Valerio Foundation based at the University of Naples.

The Foundation's interests which include research in, and the preservation and publication of sources and documents which are pertinent to the history of women, has seen them sponsor a 22 volume cultural-historical encyclopaedia of Biblical Interpretation entitled: “Women and the Bible”.

Contributions to the encyclopaedia, which will be printed in Spanish, Italian, German and English, were submitted from theologians from Germany, Austria, Norway, Spain, Italy, the USA and Australia, including Notre Dame academic, Dr Carmel Posa sgs.

Dr Posa, who lectures in Theology on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus, was invited to contribute a chapter to one of the medieval volumes of the project.

“I was privileged to be asked to contribute,” she said. I am very grateful to both Professor Constant Mews of Monash University, for recommending me for the task, and to the staff at Notre Dame for encouraging me in this important work.

Dr Posa travelled to Naples in December 2009 to attend a colloquium held at the University of Naples.

“The colloquium included the presentation and critique of each of the chapters for the volume, delivered by scholars of Old Testament, New Testament, Church History and Systematic Theology studies,” explained Dr Posa.

“My contribution was entitled: Heloise’s Engagement with the Bible: A Continuing Journey and focused on the writings of a famed twelfth-century Benedictine abbess from the French monastery, The Paraclete.

Dr Posa noted that the critique was rigorous and exciting as they attempted to gather the presentations into a coherent whole.

“The publication of the first volume, The Torah, was launched on the evening of the 3rd December at the University of Naples in the presence of the Papal Nuncio, who commended the Foundation on its important work for the future of scholarship in women’s contributions throughout history.”

Media contact: Lyn Quince lquince@nd.edu.au