Ebed-melech: The “Other” Ethiopian Eunuch (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION: While the “other” Ethiopian eunuch DOES n’t appear in Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible, I DIDN’T REALIZE IT!!

Here’s my advice watch BOTH the lecture version AND the performance version. There is some overlap, but you’ll miss some important insights if you only take the time to do one or the other.

Peterson Toscano has also done important work bringing this story to light. Ebed-melech wasn’t in the original performances (back in the day), but Toscano tells the story on the Transfigurations DVD in the lecture version, chapter 7, which debuted in the live performances around 2010 (according to Peterson).

I simply quote Peterson in chapter 15 of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation to tell the story of Ebed-melech (Jeremiah 38).

Peterson published an article, “Falling for Ebed Melech,” in Rainbow in the Word: LGBTQ Christians’ Biblical Memoirs (2017), edited by Ellin Sterne Jimmerson, which explores the story in more detail.

Here’s Peterson’s live version of the story, which I mention in my bibliography…

Also, don’t miss the Bible Bash episode on Ebed melech.

Want more? Peterson’s Synchroblog 2017 entry on the Ethiopian Eunuchs: https://petersontoscano.com/ethiopianeunuch/

Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on July 8, 2019. Most recently updated September 9, 2019.

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