Luis  Menendez-Antuna

Luis Menendez-Antuna, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of New Testament
Profile

Prof. Menéndez-Antuña comes to PLTS from Vanderbilt University where he recently completed his doctoral dissertation under the direction of Dr. Fernando Segovia.  Previously to his doctoral studies, Menéndez-Antuña received a Master in Biblical Studies from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, and a Master of Theology from the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca, Spain.  He has also been a Fulbright scholar and received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the Luce Foundation. 

Even at this early point in his career, Menéndez-Antuña has a number of published articles and book chapters on his academic interests.  Those revolve around Postcolonial, Critical Race and Queer Theories as well as Liberation Hermeneutics.  Prof. Menéndez-Antuña is bilingual in Spanish and English and has reading fluency in German, Portuguese, Biblical Greek, Hebrew and Latin.

Menéndez-Antuña also brings twelve years of activism and ministry experience.  He has worked in community organizing, HIV advocacy, homeless shelters, prison and with kids on the street.  Some of these areas of his ministry sprung from his involvement in Christian Base Communities inspired by Liberation Theology.

Education

 

Vanderbilt University. PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins (August 2016)

Vanderbilt University. Master in New Testament with Honors (May 2013)

Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid). Master in Biblical Studies (September 2006)

Universidad Pontificia (Salamanca). Bachelor in Theology (September 2003)

Universidad Deusto (Bilbao). Bachelor in Philosophy (September 2002)

 

Certifications

 

Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University. Mellon Certificate in Humanities Education (Spring 2016)

Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University. Teaching Gender and Sexuality (Spring 2012)

Harvard Divinity School. Summer Language Program in Latin (Summer 2010)

Expertise

Liberation Criticism, Racial/Ethnic Criticism, Postcolonial Criticism, Queer Theory, Revelation Studies, Gender and Feminist Theory, Pauline Literature, Gospel of Luke

National and International Presentations: 

 

 

 

Women in the Biblical World. SBL Annual Meeting. Presiding. Chicago, November 19-22, 2016.

Converting Paul: Exploring the Contribution of Art for Queer Hermeneutics. SBL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, November 19-22, 2016. 

Embodied Resistance: the Book of Revelation as Anti-Imperial Literature. Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Nashville, April 14, 2015.

The Queer Art of Biblical Reading. SBL Annual Meeting. San Diego, November, 2014.

Matthew 25:31-46. Queering "Caritas Christiana" through "Caritas Romana." SBL International Meeting. Vienna, July 6-10, 2014.

Thinking Resistance in the Age of Empire. SBL International Meeting. Vienna, July 6-10, 2014.

A Revelation against Empire: a material reading of liberationist approaches to the Apocalypse of John. SBL International Meeting, Vienna, July 6-10, 2014.

Queering Caritas Christiana through Caritas Romana. SBL International Meeting-European Association of Biblical Studies, Vienna, July 6-10, 2014.

La prostituta, una vez más. La confluencia de los estudios postcoloniales y los estudios críticos de género a la hora de evaluar Rahab como personaje bíblico. XXIV Jornadas de la Asociación Bíblica Española. La Biblia como literatura. La Biblia en la literatura. Santander, September 2-4, 2013.

Women in the Biblical World. Theme: Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship (ed. Teresa J. Hornsby and Ken Stone; Semeia Series; SBL Annual Meeting. August 2011. Presiding. Chicago, November 16-21, 2012.

Is There a Room for Queer Desires in the House of Biblical Scholarship? SBL International Meeting. Amsterdam, July 21-26, 2012.

Can Thecla Speak? Postcolonial Representational Politics in the Apocryphal Acts of Paul. SBL Annual Meeting. San Francisco, November 19-22, 2011.

Paul and the Colonialist Project: Romans 1:18-32: A Historical Case in Racial Reasoning. SBL Annual Meeting. San Francisco, November 19-22, 2011.

The Rhetorics of Same-Sex Relationships and the interpretation of Romans. SBL Annual Meeting. Atlanta, November 20 -23, 2010.

A mujeres nuevas ¿hombres nuevos? Reflexiones sobre héroes y antihéroes. Congreso Internacional de Teología Feminista. Universidad de Sevilla. October 14-16, 2010.

El Reino de Dios y los evangelios sinópticos. Conferencia Internacional del Rosario. León, September 20-23, 2003. 

Publications

Peer Reviewed

 “The Queer Art of Biblical Reading. Matthew 25:31-46 through Caritas Romana,” (Journal of Religious Ethics, forthcoming).

“Cuerpos ambiguos. Un estudio comparativo del status antropológico y político de las mujeres en las Cartas Pastorales y los Hechos Apócrifos de Pablo y Tecla,” Ilu. Revista de Ciencias de las Religiones 21 (2016) 93-113. 

“Is There a Room for Queer Desires in the House of Biblical Scholarship? A methodological reflection on queer desires in the context of contemporary New Testament Studies,” Biblical Interpretation 23 (2015) 399-427.

 “Male-Bonding, female vanishing. Representing gendered authority in Luke 23:26-24:53,” Early Christianity  4 (2013) 490-506.

“Relecturas desde el ‘más-acá’. Introduciendo la óptica postcolonial en el panorama bíblico de lengua hispana,” Theologica Xaveriana 61, no. 171 (2011) 169-202.

“Status desviado: mujeres estigmatizadas en el cristianismo primitivo," Estudios Eclesiásticos 322 (2007) 571-610.

 

Other Publications

 

In edited volumes

 

“La ambigüedad poscolonial: lecturas ambivalentes del evangelio de Marcos,” in Carlos Gil (ed.) El Evangelio de Marcos. Reseña Bíblica 85 (Primavera 2015).

“1 Corinthians,” in Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver (eds.) Global Perspectives on the New Testament (New Jersey: Pearson, 2014) 148-150.

“Pastoral Epistles,” in Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver (eds.) Global Perspectives on the New Testament (New Jersey: Pearson, 2014) 185-187.

“What Queer Hermeneutics Can Do for Us in Spain,” in Yung Suk Kim(ed.) 1 and 2 Corinthians. Texts@Contexts (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013) 147-162.

Review: http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9155

 

Translations (German-Spanish) (Selected among 10 other published translations)

 

“Maria de Magdala, ¿primera apóstol?” [orig. Andrea Taschl-Erber, “Maria von Magdala –erste Apostolin?”] in Mercedes Navarro Puerto and Marinella Perroni (Eds.), Los Evangelios. Narraciones e Historias, La Biblia y las Mujeres vol. 2; Estella: Verbo Divino, 2011.

“Personajes masculinos y femeninos en el evangelio de Juan. Perspectivas de género” [orig. Judith Hartenstein, “Mannliche und weibliche Erzahlfigure im Johannesevangelium. Geschlechterperspektiven.”] in Mercedes Navarro Puerto and Marinella Perroni (Eds.), Los Evangelios. Narraciones e Historias, La Biblia y las Mujeres vol. 2; Estella: Verbo Divino, 2011.

 

Book Reviews

 

Elisabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza, Los caminos de la Sabiduría; Ciencia Tomista 132:2 (2005) 401-3.

Margaret McDonald, Las mujeres en el Cristianismo Primitivo; Ciencia Tomista 132:2 (2005) 403-4.

 

 Other venues

 

“John 15: 1-11” and “John 15: 12-17,” in Cynthia A. Jarvis and Elizabeth Johnson (eds.) Feasting on the Gospels. John, Volume 2 (Louisville: KY, Westminster John Knox Press, 2015) 181-182.

“San Marcos 5:21-43. Comentario,” San Marcos 3:20-35. Comentario,” San Juan 3:1-17 Comentario,” “San Juan 15:26-27, 16:4b-15. Comentario,” in WorkingPreacher.Org (http://www.workingpreacher.org/profile/default.aspx?uid=2_menéndez_antuña_luis)

 “Por donde pasa este torrente.  Experiencias de Dios en la vida cotidiana”, Todos a uno 164 (2005).

“El Reino de Dios”, in Miguel Iribertegui (Ed.), El Rosario de María (San Esteban: Salamanca, 2003) 55-63.

Grant Funding

Research Grants

 

Robert Penn Warren Center. Dissertation Fellowship. Vanderbilt University (2014-2015)

Hispanic Theological Initiative/Luce Foundation. Dissertation Fellowship. (2013-2016)

Vanderbilt Graduate Department of Religion. Doctoral Fellowship (2009-2016)

Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship (2009-2016)

 

Awards

 

European Association of Biblical Studies. Best Paper Award (2012)

Spanish Ministry of Education. Best National Young Researcher in Humanities (2006)

 

 

Travel Grants

 

Vanderbilt University. Carpenter Program in Religion and Sexuality/Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions/ Dean Funds. Festival Internacional de la Fe, El Salvador (2014)

Vanderbilt University. Graduate Department of Religion. Summer Program (2011, 2012, 2013)

Vanderbilt University. Carpenter Program in Religion and Sexuality (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Fulbright Spain. Summer Scholarship. International Conference, “Land, Postcoloniality and Empire,” Bethlehem (2011)

Vanderbilt University. Teaching Grant. Seminar “Teaching sex/gender and sexuality” (2011)

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