Much of Western society’s art and culture has been influenced by Christianity, and Professor Elaine Wainwright believes study of the Bible and sacred texts helps us to better understand the complexities of today's society. As a teacher of Biblical Studies, she is intrigued by the different approaches to interpreting the Bible and how it speaks to people in the modern world.
Elaine began her theological studies in Queensland in the 1970s when the feminist movement was establishing itself. This led to a strong and continuing research interest in the place of women in antiquity, and feminist interpretations of the Bible in which women were often not given a voice. She is also an expert on healing and gender in Graeco-Roman society and the early Christian world, and her most recent book Women healing; Healing Women (Equinox) was published in 2006.
Professor Elaine Wainwright is the Head of the School of Theology.