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Mary Ann Beavis Emerita Professor

Research Area(s)

  • Christian Origins
  • Religion and Popular Culture
  • Women and Religion


  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., University of Manitoba
  • B.Ed., University of Manitoba

Research Projects

  • Research on slave religiosity in early Christianity
  • Water Project
  • Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics Task Force
  • Catholic Biblical Association

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “The Parable of the Slave, Son, and Vineyard: An Early Christian Freedman’s Narrative (Hermas Similitudes2-11).” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 80, no. 4 (2018): 655-69.
  • “The Parable of the Talents: Imagining a Slave’s Perspective (Matthew 25:14-30).” Journal of Gospels and Acts Research 2 (2018): 7-21.
  • Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg, What Does the Bible Say? A Critical Conversation with Popular Culture in a Biblically Illiterate World (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017).
  • Florence Gillman, Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg, 1-2 Thessalonians (Wisdom Commentaries; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016).
  • Mary Ann Beavis, Christian Goddess Spirituality: Enchanting Christianity (New York: Routledge, 2016)
  • Co-authored with HyeRan Kim-Cragg. The Epistle to the Hebrews. Wisdom Commentaries. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014.
  • Co-editor with Michael Gilmour. Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2012.
  • "The Deification of Mary Magdalene.” Feminist Theology 21,2 (2013) 145-54.
  • “The Cathar Mary Magdalene and the Sacred Feminine: Pop Culture Legend vs. Medieval Doctrine.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 24:3 (2012) 419-31.
  • “Who is Mary Magdalene?” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics. Women in the Bible (ed. Robert B. Kruschwitz; Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013) 23-29.
  • “Listening to Mark: A Response to McVann, Cardwell, Chapman, Sánchez—And a Suggestion.” Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture 47,3 (2012) 264-75.
  • “Jesus of Montreal.” The Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films (ed. Adele Reinhartz; London/New York: Routledge, 2012) 145-49.
  • “Jesus in Utopian Context.” Tom Holmén (ed.), Jesus in Continuum (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament Reihe A; Tübingen: Mohr, 2011) 133-52.
  • "2 Thessalonians."  Women's Bible Commentary, Newly Revised and Updated (ed. Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe and Jacqueline E. Lapsley; Louisville, KY:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2012) 592-94.
  • "Reconsidering Mary of Bethany."  Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74,2 (2012) 281-97.
  • "'Like Rachel and Leah:' The Mothers of Genesis," The Bible Today 50,3 (May/June 2012) 151-58.
  • "'Like yeast a woman took': Feminist Interpretations of the Parables," Review and Expositor 109,2 (Spring 2012) 219-31.
  • Mark.  Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament.  Grand Rapids, MI:  Baker Academic, 2011.
  • Edited work, with Elaine Guillemin and Barbara Pell, Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent: Canadian Contextual Feminist Theology (Ottawa: Novalis, 2008).
  • Edited with Moira Day, Special Issue on Religion and Theatre in Canada, Theatre Research in Canada 27,3 (2006).
  • Jesus and Utopia: Looking for the Kingdom of God in the Roman Empire (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006).
  • “I Commend to You Our Sister: Women in Romans 16.” The Bible Today 45 (July 2008).
  • “Christian Origins, Egalitarianism and Utopianism.” Journal for the Feminist Study of Religion 23.2 (2007) 27-50.
  • "Jesus of Canada?  Four Canadian Constructions of the Christ Figure."  In Ellen Leonard and Kate Merriman, eds., From Logos to Christos:  Essays on Christology in Honour of Joanne McWilliam, 19-37.  Editions SR.  Waterloo:  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010.
  • "Pseudapocrypha:  Invented Scripture in Apocalyptic Horror Films."  In John Walliss and Lee Quinby, eds.  Reel Revelations:  Apocalypse and Film, 75-90.  Sheffield:  Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010. 
  • "Jezebel Speaks:  Naming the Goddesses in the Book of Revelation."  In Amy-Jill Levine, ed.  A Feminist Companion to the Apocalypse of John.  131-46.  Edinburgh:  T. & T. Clark. 
  • "Five Filmic Utopias at the Turn of the Millenium," Journal of Contemporary Thought, Special Number:  Utopias Today! 31 (Summer 2010) 203-22.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Courses in biblical and cognate studies: RLST 219, 253, 254, 300, 301, 359, 363, 365
  • Courses in religion and gender: RLST 220, 303, 359
  • Courses in religion and culture: RLST 219, 237, 365
  • Graduate supervision
  • Graduate courses as required

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head, STM Department of Religion and Culture
  • Undergraduate Chair, Religion and Culture Program