This unit explores the relationship between issues of gender, justice and empire in Old Testament interpretation. Through a study of a number of Old Testament texts, particularly those which narrate the experience of women within the wider social and imperial contexts, we will consider how these themes are configured and related within biblical traditions. We will engage in a close reading of a range of primary Old Testament texts and contemporary feminist/womanist and other (culturally diverse) scholarship about these texts and will also examine how these hermeneutical perspectives engage and critique traditional exegetical approaches. The approach will be interdisciplinary and will provide students opportunity to study these texts alongside contemporary women’s experiences and portrayals of women in other media such as art, film, poetry and law.
Unit code: BA9040P
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Old Testament
Delivery Mode: Intensive
Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological CollegeShow when this unit is running
Demonstrate in-depth familiarity with the Old Testament narratives of Biblical women
Develop critical knowledge of relevant issues of gender, justice and empire in relation to these texts and the Old Testament overall.
Engage critically with the feminist/liberational/postcolonial critique of traditional fields of knowledge, biblical methodology and hermeneutics and integrate these methodological perspectives into creative thinking and study of the Old Testament
Articulate the liberational and the oppressive potential of biblical stories arising out of and in relation to hermeneutical approaches and polyvalence of meaning
Interpret Biblical texts with attention to the Australian Context
Develop a comparative and global framework in the study of the Old Testament and to foster appreciation and respect for other/diverse perspectives.
A prerequisite is a foundational unit in the Hebrew Bible
Assigned readings; Lectures; Tutorials
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
|Essay - Book Review||
A Book review (3000 words)
Exegetical Essay 4000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2021
Unit record last updated: 2021-09-21 12:13:41 +1000