This course 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

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

Show when this Unit is running

Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate in-depth familiarity with the Old Testament narratives of Biblical women and knowledge of relevant issues of gender, justice and empire in relation to these texts and the Old Testament overall.


Articulate the liberational and the oppressive potential of biblical stories arising out of and in relation to hermeneutical approaches and polyvalence of meaning


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


Develop a comparative and global framework in the study of the Old Testament and to foster appreciation and respect for other/diverse perspectives.

Unit sequence:

15 points in Old Testament studies


Lectures; Exercises; Seminars, Tutorials


Description Weight (%)

Essay exploring a particular hermeneutical approach to an OT text (2500 words)


Short Essay on Reading Material ( 1000 Words)


Exegetical Essay based on student class presentation (2500 words)


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-14 10:09:10 +1100