In this unit students will undertake an in-depth exegetical and theological study of selected Old Testament and New Testament texts featuring women. Students will engage with the historical, literary and theological contexts for these texts, and integrate perspectives from contemporary feminist approaches. Students will also explore theological and intertextual connections between the Old and New Testaments, especially as they relate to the portrayal and theology of women.

Unit code: BS3779T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Critically interpret Old Testament and New Testament texts in conversation with one another


Integrate insights from the historical study of women in the ancient world in exegesis


Critically engage with contemporary feminist approaches to biblical interpretation


Evaluate selected biblical texts featuring women in light of contemporary theological discussions and church contexts.

Unit sequence

Introduction to the Old Testament or Introduction to New Testament


Lectures, guided readings, Socratic dialogue, flipped classroom

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bach, Alice. Women in the Hebrew Bible: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • Bauckham, Richard. Gospel Women. Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Fuchs, Esther. Sexual Politics in the Biblical Narrative: Reading the Hebrew Bible As a Woman. JSOTSup. 310. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.
  • Giles, Kevin. What the Bible Actually Teaches on Women. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018.
  • Hull, Patricia K. & Jacqueline E. Lapsley (eds). After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology. Essays in Honor of Carol A. Newsom. Edited by Patricia K Tull. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2015.
  • McCabe, Elizabeth A. (ed.) Women in the Biblical World: A Survey of Old and New Testament Perspectives. Lanham: University Press of America, 2009.
  • Meyers, Carol L. Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Newsom, Carol A., Sharon H. Ringe, Jacqueline Lapsley (eds.), Women’s Bible Commentary. 3rd ed.; Louisville: John Knox Press, 2012.
  • Peppiatt, Lucy. Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts. Downers Grove: IVP, 2019.
  • Wray, T.J. Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament: Their Enduring Lessons. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 2000 words

2000 40.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegesis Paper 1500 words

1500 35.0

Forum Discussion equivalent to 1500 words

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-09 15:13:40 +1100