Margaret MacDonald

Dean of Arts
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts

Faculty Member Information

Education

Ph.D., , Oxford University, 1987
B.A., Honours, Saint Mary's University, 1983

Academic Work Experience

2014 - Present, Dean of Arts, Saint Mary's University
2005 - 2006, Interim Dean of Arts, St. Francis Xaxier University
1999 - 2002, Chairperson, Department of Religious Studies, St. Francis Xaxier University
1996 - 2014, Professor, Department of Religion Studies, St. Francis Xaxier University
1990 - 1996, Professor, Department of Religion Studies, University of Ottawa
1990 - 1996, Member of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Ottawa
1989 - 1990, Chairperson, Department of Theology, St. Francis Xaxier University
1986 - 1990, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, St. Francis Xaxier University

Honours

University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2013
University Research Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2012
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2012
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2011
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2010
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2009
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2008
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2007
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2006
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2004
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2003
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2002
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2001
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 2000
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 1999
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 1998
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 1997
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 1989
University Research Publication Award St. Francis Xaxier University - 1988
Faculty of Arts Medal Saint Mary's University - 1983
Governor General's Medal Saint Mary's University - 1983

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

MacDonald Margaret. (2015)"Review of Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, Gossip and Gender: Othering of Speech in the Pastoral Epistles", Gossip and Gender: Othering of Speech in the Pastoral Epistles, Journal for the European Society of Women in Theological Research
MacDonald Margaret. (2011)"Review of Lynn H. Cohick Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life", Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life, Church History , 412-414
MacDonald Margaret. (2010)"Review of Joan Cecelia Campbell, Phoebe: Patron and Emissary", Phoebe: Patron and Emissary, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73, 611-613
MacDonald Margaret. (2008)"Review of Charles H. Talbert, Ephesians and Colossians (Paideia Commentary on the New Testament)", Ephesians and Colossians (Paideia Commentary on the New Testament), Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71, 659-660
MacDonald Margaret. (2007)"Review of John Paul Heil, Ephesians: Empowerment to Walk in Love for the Unity of All in Christ", Ephesians: Empowerment to Walk in Love for the Unity of All in Christ, Biblical Interpretation 16, 305-306
MacDonald Margaret. (2006)"Review of Marianne Marianne Meye Thompson, Colossians and Philemon (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary)", Colossians and Philemon (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary), Catholic Biblical Quarterly 69, 598-599
MacDonald Margaret. (2006)"Review of Christine Trevett, Christian Women and the time of the apostolic fathers (AD.c.80-160). Corinth, Rome and Asia Minor", Christian Women and the time of the apostolic fathers (AD.c.80-160). Corinth, Rome and Asia Minor, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 58, 510-511
MacDonald Margaret. (2005)"Review of Brian J. Walsh, Sylvia C. Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire", Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire, Studies in Religion 2:35, 370-371
MacDonald Margaret. (2003)"Review of James D. G. Dunn, Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making, Volume 1", Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making, Volume 1, Studies in Religion 1:33, 126-128
MacDonald Margaret. (2003)"Review of Bart D. Ehrman, Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew", Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66, 445-447
MacDonald Margaret. (1998)"Review of Luise Schottroff, Silvia Schroer, and Marie-Theres Wacker, Feminist Interpretation: The Bible in Women’s Perspective", Feminist Interpretation: The Bible in Women’s Perspective, Toronto Journal of Theology 15, 211-212
MacDonald Margaret. (1995)"Review of Frances Young, The Theology of the Pastoral Letters", The Theology of the Pastoral Letters, Journal of Biblical Literature 1:115, 159-161
MacDonald Margaret. (1995)"Review of K.E. Corley, Private Women, Public Meals", Private Women, Public Meals, Toronto Journal of Theology 2:11, 237-239
MacDonald Margaret. (1992)"Review of Carol A. Newsom and Sharon H. Ringe, eds., The Women's Bible Commentary", The Women's Bible Commentary, Toronto Journal of Theology 2:9, 239-241
MacDonald Margaret. (1991)"Review of Richard N. Longenecker, Word Biblical Commentary 41: Galatians", Word Biblical Commentary 41: Galatians, Studies in Religion 1:21, 103-104
MacDonald Margaret. (1990)"Review of Bonnie B. Thurston, The Widows", The Widows, Critical Review of Books in Religion , 486-488
MacDonald Margaret. (1990)"Review of Laure Aynard, La Bible au Féminin", La Bible au Féminin, Critical Review of Books in Religion , 493-494

Book

MacDonald Margaret. "The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman world" (Spring - 2013)
MacDonald Margaret. "Il ruolo delle donne nel christianesimo delle origini" (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Margaret, Osiek Carolyn, Tulloch Janet. "A Woman's Place: Early Christian House Churches" (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Margaret. "El lugar de la mujer en la iglesia primitiva " (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Margaret. "Colossians and Ephesians" (Spring - 1999)
MacDonald Margaret. "Early Christian Women and Pagan Opinion: The Power of the Hysterical Woman" (Spring - 1995)
MacDonald Margaret. "Las mujeres en el christianismo primitivo y la opinión pagana. El poder de la mujer histérica " (Spring - 1995)
MacDonald Margaret. "Las Comunidades Paulinas " (Spring - 1987)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Pauline Churches: A Socio-historical study of institutionalization in the Pauline and Deutero-Pauline writings" (Spring - 1987)

Journal Articles

MacDonald Margaret. "Portraits of Paul in Colossians and Ephesians", The Bible Today (Spring - 2012), 289-294
MacDonald Margaret. "Reading the New Testament Household Codes in Light of New Research on Children and Childhood in the Roman World", Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 41:3 (Spring - 2011), 376-387
MacDonald Margaret. "Editorial Introduction: Special Issue on Children and Childhood in Early Judaism and Early Christianity", Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 41:3 (Spring - 2011), 341-349
MacDonald Margaret, Vaage Leif. "Unclean but Holy Children: Paul’s Everyday Quandary in 1 Cor 7:14c", Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73:3 (Spring - 2010), 526-546
MacDonald Margaret. "Beyond Identification of the Topos of Household Management: Reading the Household Codes in light of Recent Methodologies and Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of the New Testament", New Testament Studies 57 (Spring - 2010), 65-90
MacDonald Margaret. "The Art of Commentary Writing: Reflections from Experience", Journal for the Study of the New Testament 29:3 (Spring - 2006), 313-321
MacDonald Margaret. "Slavery, Sexuality and House Churches: A Reassessment of Col 3.18-4.1 in light of New Research on the Roman Family", New Testament Studies 53:1 (Spring - 2006), 1-20
MacDonald Margaret. "The Politics of Identity in Ephesians", Journal for the Study of the New Testament :26 (Spring - 2003), 419-444
MacDonald Margaret, Moxnes Halvor. "Domestic Space and Families in Early Christianity", Journal for the Study of the New Testament 27 (Spring - 2003), 3-6
MacDonald Margaret. "The Christian Ideal of the Married Couple: Ignatius to Polycarp 5:1-2 looking back to Paul", New Testament Studies 40 (Spring - 1994), 105-125
MacDonald Margaret. "Early Christian Women Married to Unbelievers", Studies in Religion 19:2 (Spring - 1989), 221-234
MacDonald Margaret. "Women Holy in Body and Spirit: The Social Setting of 1 Corinthians 7", New Testament Studies 36 (Spring - 1989), 161-181

Presentation

MacDonald Margaret. "Invited presentation on gender and social history", Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) (Spring - 2014)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Apprenticeship of Daughters and Sons: Education and Gender in the Pastoral Epistles", Meeting of Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2013)
MacDonald Margaret. "Response to Judy M. Gundry, “Inner aloofness or not “having it all”? ὡΣ Μὴ in 1 Cor 7:29b-31a and Christians’ relation to the world” ", Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) (Spring - 2012)
MacDonald Margaret. "Parenting, Surrogate Parenting, and Teaching: Reading the Household Codes as Sources for Understanding Socialization and Education in early Christian communities", Soziologie und Theologie des Neuen Testaments - Der familienethische Diskurs des frühen Christentums und seiner Umwelt (Spring - 2012)
MacDonald Margaret. "Preparing graduate students to teach religion in Canadian post-secondary institutions", Workshop (Spring - 2012)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Implications of new research on families in the Roman World for our understanding of the lives of Early Christian Women", Public Lecture (Spring - 2011)
MacDonald Margaret. "Discussion of “Beyond Identification of the Topos of Household Management: Reading the Household Codes in light of Recent Methodologies and Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of the New Testament” ", Faculty and Graduate Student Discussion (Spring - 2011)
MacDonald Margaret. "Mary the mother of Jesus in the New Testament" (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Margaret. "Education, Speech, and the Rhetoric of Parenting in 2 Timothy", Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Margaret. "Always be Steady and Endure Suffering (2 Tim 4,1-22): Advising the Teacher in the Roman Imperial World", Colloquium Paulinum (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Margaret. "Making Room for the Little Ones: How New Research on Children and Slaves in the Roman World is changing what we think about the History of Early Christian Women", Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Epistles at St. Paul's", Academic Lecture Series (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Margaret. "Respondent in session on slavery in Social History and the New Testament Seminar", Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Margaret. "Panel member, Children in Early Judaism and Christianity ", Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 2009)
MacDonald Margaret. "Invited speaker in Summer Scripture Seminar", The Bible and Social Justice (Spring - 2009)
MacDonald Margaret. "Respondent with Steve Friesen to presentation of new volume edited by David Horrell and Todd Still, celebrating twenty-five years since the publication of Wayne Meeks, The First Urban Christian, Pauline Epistles Section", Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2009)
MacDonald Margaret. "Three Lectures on Romans", Trappist Monastery and Convent (Spring - 2009)
MacDonald Margaret. "Invited Speaker", Assembly of Priests, Diocese of Western Newfoundland and Labrador (Spring - 2008)
MacDonald Margaret, Osiek Carolyn. "The Women of Acts in Light of Recent Research on Families", Acts Section of the Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2008)
MacDonald Margaret. "Beyond Identification of the Topos of Household Management: Reading the Household Codes in light of Recent Methodologies and Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of the New Testament", Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) (Spring - 2008)
MacDonald Margaret. "Respondent to papers on honor and shame and gender ", Social Sciences and the New Testament Section, The Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2008)
MacDonald Margaret. "Main speaker", Scripturefest (Spring - 2008)
MacDonald Margaret. "Main speaker", Assembly of Priests (Retreat) (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Margaret. "Children and the Apologetic Function of the Household Code in Colossians and Ephesians", Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Margaret. "Children in the Household Codes of Colossians and Ephesians: New Questions in Light of Recent Research on Families", Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Margaret. "Respondent during Panel on A Woman’s Place: Early Christian House Churches ", Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Margaret, Vaage Leif. "Paul, Asceticism, and Children", Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Margaret. "Church, Family, and Society: Perspectives from Colossians and Ephesians", 44th Annual Institute on Sacred Scripture (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Margaret. "Ministry in the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers", Meeting of the National Federation of Presbyteral Councils (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Margaret. "Panel on A Woman’s Place: Early Christian House Churches ", Midwest SBL Regional Meeting (Spring - 2006)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Early Christian Family: House Churches in Earliest Christianity", Bethany Center Workshop (Spring - 2006)
MacDonald Margaret. "The implications of New Research on the Roman Family, Slavery, and Sexuality for Understanding Col 3:18-4:1", Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Early Christian Family", Public Lecture for Pictou County Council of Churches (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Margaret. "Perspectives on Child: Colossians and Ephesians", Meeting of the scholars and consultants to discuss papers on Biblical perspectives on the Child, The Child in Religion and Ethics project (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Usefulness of ‘Early Christian Families’ as a category of analysis for the study of Early Christianity", Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Margaret. "Col 3:18-4:1 in light of Recent Research on the Roman Family", Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Spring - 2004)
MacDonald Margaret, Osiek Carolyn. "Lifelong Learning: The Education of Women and Girls in House Churches", Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 2004)
MacDonald Margaret, Osiek Carolyn. "Early Christian Women: New Research based on the Roman Family", International meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (Spring - 2004)
MacDonald Margaret. "Colossians and Ephesians", Diocese of Charlottetown Fifteenth Annual Scripture Institute (Spring - 2003)
MacDonald Margaret. "Women, the Family, and the Expansion of Early Christianity", Recognition of Alumni for 200th Anniversary of Saint Mary’s University (Spring - 2002)
MacDonald Margaret. "Three Lectures on Early Church Life", Diocesan Lay Formation Program (Spring - 2002)
MacDonald Margaret. "Seven Lectures on Colossians and Ephesians", Trappist Monastery and Convent (Spring - 2002)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Politics of Marriage: Eph 5:21-33 and the Interaction between Family, Church, and Society", Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 2002)
MacDonald Margaret. "Ephesians 5:21-33 and Marriage Teaching within the Context of Religious Rivalry", Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 2002)
MacDonald Margaret. "Expectations and Demands: Surviving as a Biblical Scholar in the 21st Century", Meeting for Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 2001)
MacDonald Margaret. "Was Celsus Right: An Evaluation of the Evidence for the Involvement of Women and Children in the Expansion of Early Christianity", Conference on the Early Christian Family (Spring - 2000)
MacDonald Margaret. "Three Lectures ", Diocese of Antigonish Lay Ministry Program (Spring - 1999)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Rhetoric of Domesticity in Colossians", Joint session of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Rhetoric Colloquium (Spring - 1999)
MacDonald Margaret. "Presentation on Paul", St. Ninian’s Cathedral Lenten Lecture Series (Spring - 1998)
MacDonald Margaret. "Response to S. G. Wilson, “Defectors and Apostates among Jews, Christians and Pagans in Late Antiquity: A Neglected Aspect of Religious Rivalry"", Religious Rivalries Seminar, Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 1997)
MacDonald Margaret. "Presentation of Early Christian Women and Pagan Opinion ", Panel discussion to review the book, Meeting of Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (Spring - 1997)
MacDonald Margaret. "Asceticism: Colossians and Ephesians", Asceticism: Colossians and Ephesians (Spring - 1996)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Impact of Honour and Shame in the Lives of Early Christian Women", Canadian Mediterranean Institute (Spring - 1996)
MacDonald Margaret. "Hysterical and Bewitched: Celsus on Mary Magdalene and Other Women Followers of Jesus", Meeting of American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (Spring - 1996)
MacDonald Margaret. "Virgins, Widows, and Wives as Vehicles of Corporate Identity in Pauline Christianity", Meeting of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (Spring - 1995)
MacDonald Margaret. "Mission, Physicality, and Representation", Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 1994)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Wives of 1 Pet 3.1-6: Recovering the Lives of the Quiet Evangelists", Women in the Biblical World Section, Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion (Spring - 1993)
MacDonald Margaret. "The Historical Jesus Seminar", Meeting of Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Spring - 1993)
MacDonald Margaret. "Presentation of "The Pauline Churches"" (Spring - 1991)
MacDonald Margaret. "Early Christian Women, Marriage, and the Boundaries between the Church and the World", Meeting of the Learneds (Spring - 1991)
MacDonald Margaret, Bibby Reginald, Berthrong John. "Being a Christian in a Pluralistic Society: Four Essays from a New Testament Perspective", 22nd Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education (Spring - 1990)
MacDonald Margaret. "Celibacy, Marriage and Spiritual Elitism in Corinth", Presentation (Spring - 1988)
MacDonald Margaret. "Paul's Response to Elitist Sexual Ethics in Corinth", Learned Societies Conference (Spring - 1988)
MacDonald Margaret. "Teaching Scriptures in a Religion Department", Seminar for faculty of Departments of Religious Studies of Nova Scotia Universities (Spring - 1988)
MacDonald Margaret. "Marriage and Women in Early Christianity", Conference on Marriage (Spring - 1988)
MacDonald Margaret. "Dealing with Outsiders: A Study in the Relationship between the Church and the World in the Pastoral Epistles", Learned Societies Conference (Spring - 1987)
MacDonald Margaret. "Problems Encountered by the Early Christians in a Greco-Roman World", Departmental Lecture Series (Spring - 1987)

Conference Proceedings

MacDonald Margaret. "Being Christian in a Pluralistic Society", 22nd Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education (1989 - 1990)

Editorial Work

MacDonald Margaret. (Ed.) (2011) Special Issue on Children and Childhood in Early Judaism and Early Christianity.
MacDonald Margaret. (Ed.) (2011) Special Issue on Children and Childhood in Early Judaism and Early Christianity.

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Invited Faculty member, two week intensive Masters course, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry 2011/04 - 2011/04
Workshop on preparing graduate students for teaching in today’s university, McMaster University 2011/01 - 2011/02
Editorial Board, Studies in Religion 2011/01 - 2014/02
President, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies 2009/01 - 2010/02
Editorial Board, Journal of Biblical Literature 2008/01 - 2014/02
Vice-President, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies 2008/01 - 2009/02
Governance, The Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS, the International Society for New Testament Studies) 2008/01 - 2011/02
Editorial Board, New Testament Studies 2007/01 - 2009/02
External Review, Department of Religious Studies and Theology, Université Laval 2007/01 - 2008/02
Christian Culture Lecture Series Committee, 2006/01 - 2008/02
ESCJ Monograph Series, Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion/Wilfrid Laurier Press 2003/01 - 2003/02
Co-chair, Early Christian Family Group, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meetings 2001/01 - 2004/02
Editorial Committee, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2001/01 - 2006/02
President, Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion 1999/01 - 2001/02
Editorial Board, Handbook of Early Christianity and the Social Sciences 1999/01 - 2000/02
Department of Religious Studies, St. Francis Xavier University 1998/01 - 2001/02
Vice-President, Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion 1998/01 - 1999/02
Library Representative, Department of Religious Studies, St. Francis Xavier University 1996/01 - 1997/02
Board of Directors, Faith Development Institute, St. Francis Xavier University 1995/01 - 1997/02
Evaluator, Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 1994/01 - 1995/02
Editorial Advisory Board, Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 1993/01 - 1995/02
Canadian Society of Biblical Studies , CFH Women's Caucus 1992/01 - 1993/02
Member of the Executive, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies 1991/01 - 1994/02
Committee on Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ottawa 1990/01 - 1991/02