Dr Emmanuel Nathan/Prof Dermot Nestor

12. Dr Emmanuel Nathan. National Head School of Theology, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia

and Prof Dermot Nestor. Executive Dean School of Theology, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia

Contested Bodies: Anthropology, the Bible, and Dis/ability

In this paper we will spell out recent developments in anthropological theory and practice that positions the human body as a site for contested identity. We will then bring this to bear in an examination of select passages from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament where the human body is understood (or can be misunderstood) as disabled. We will argue that it is in the quest – and contest – for identity that a body’s ability (or disability) often resides. In this way we will hope to show that before the Bible is subjected to the lens of disability studies and theology, prior questions of identity, hermeneutics and, indeed, anthropology can be of assistance.