This dear lady has managed to do what few others have in the world of biblical studies: discovered a new 'take' on the historical Jesus.
Cornwall isn't the first, nor will she be the last, to mould Jesus into a reflection of either her own political agenda or her imagination. But, give the doc. credit, this attempt is more original, in a pointless sort of way, than most.
In that darkened zone beyond the razor wire where biblical fantasy meets feminism, behold!
A feminist theologian is claiming that Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite.Simply a best guess? Oh, okay. I understand Cornwall is wielding this bit of nonsense in a righteous cause, but even in the quest for tolerance, progress and women bishops in ye olde C of E, this is a travesty. The full story, if you have the cojones for it, is here. In fact, why not knock yourself out completely by downloading the actual paper - Intersex and Ontology - from the nice people at Manchester University.
Dr. Susannah Cornwall, a professor at Manchester University's Lincoln Theological Institute, wrote in a recent paper that the idea that Jesus was male is "simply a best guess."
Meantime I'm off to bang my head repeatedly against a hard surface...