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Rekha M Chennattu, RA
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Educational Background
I have a Licentiate in Scripture, Magna cum Laude, from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (1996), and hold a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, with Distinction, from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (2004).
Work, Church, NGO experience
I am the Director of the Master’s Programme in Biblical Studies at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Pune, India. Since 1996, I have taught Scripture in India, the United States, France, Italy, Hungary, Thailand, the Philippines and Jamaica.
A little about yourself, including the issues and causes closest to your heart
Let me summarize some of the projects that I have in mind. Although women-related research (on sociological or legal or political aspects of women’s life) has developed in India, it has not yet come into the focus of biblical theology and contextual exegesis in India. I have undertaken a cultural and hermeneutical reading of some of the stories of biblical women leaders from both the OT (e.g., Ruth, Judith, Esther) and the NT (e.g., the Samaritan Woman, Mary Magdalene, Martha). The exegetical and theological analysis of these women’s stories will focus on a three-fold objective: (i) the socio-cultural contexts of the biblical stories; (ii) the literary context and overall theological framework of the respective biblical books; (iii) the contemporary context and experiences of women in India. The role models of these outstanding, remarkable, courageous and life-affirming biblical women leaders preserve the rich biblical traditions of the past, challenge the present life and role of women in Indian society and inspire hope for future generations. The research gradually develops a biblical paradigm of leadership for Indian women that would blend the wealth of Christian theological tradition with Indian cultural heritage.

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At 11:16pm on June 17, 2009, Virginia Saldanha said…
Hello! Rekha,
Thanks for signing up. Hope theologians like you will be able to initiate discussions, or contribute to discussions on this site. We need to talk about common concerns. Hope it will also contribute to women's solidarity.
At 10:16am on June 16, 2009, EWA Archives said…
Hello Rekhai. Welcome to Ecclesia of Women's network and I hope to see you in one of our conferences, sometime. Meanwhile, please do feel free to use this forum to "publish" studies, papers, essays, and stories in cyberspace.

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