Every year the Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA) invites applications for its annual Emerging Scholars Fellowship, a graduate student award given to emerging scholars who show promise and appear likely to make significant contributions to the field of Biblical studies. This year we gave the winners, Sr. Geraldine Uzodimma, H.F.S.N. and Brian Chu, free copies of Verbum Academic Professional to help their future scholarship.
Sr. Geraldine is a religious sister of the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy, a Catholic Female Religious Institute founded primarily for the members to bear witness to the self-giving life of Jesus Christ through their life of Voluntary Poverty, Evangelical Chastity and Apostolic Obedience. It was founded in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Nigeria by Very Rev. Fr. Denis Mary Joseph Ononuju Obiaga, C.S.Sp. in 1983. She recently graduated from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry with an S.T.D. degree in New Testament. Her focus was on the Pauline letters, and her S.T.D. dissertation is entitled “Reading Romans 5:12-21 in Light of Roman Imperial Domination: Understanding Paul’s Apocalyptic Response.” Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned her Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L., 2018) at Boston College. You can read her S.T.L. thesis here.
She writes, “My research focuses on Paul and his engagement with the Roman empire, with a special interest in the ways in which the politics of empire have been embodied in the historical interpretation of Pauline texts. I also probe questions of gender equity and inclusiveness and ethnic reconciliation in Pauline letters. I explore how Paul’s apocalyptic interpretation of the Christ-event provides the framework for Paul’s vision of an inclusive Church where members are no longer defined by the categories of race, gender, and social status but by faith embodied in good work.”
Tyng-Guang “Brian” Chu grew up in Taiwan and came to the U.S. just before starting high school. He did his undergraduate degree at U.C. San Diego a master’s degree in Biblical studies and theology at John Paul the Great Catholic University in California. He is now studying Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Duke Divinity School and hopes to try out some of the hiking trails in the mountains of North Carolina. He writes, “My research interests include creation-imagery in Scripture, the prophets, and the intersection of biblical studies and theology.”
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