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: BA3040P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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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.


Critically engage with how these new and emerging approaches, namely feminist/womanist; postcolonial; liberation; and Dalit perspectives inform the interpretation of biblical texts.


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


Interpret Biblical texts with attention to the Australian Context

Unit sequence

A prerequisite is a foundational unit in the Hebrew Bible


Assigned readings; Lectures; Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 2000 words

2000 40.0

Short Essay on Reading Material (1000 Words)

1000 20.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay – 2000 words

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-14 14:33:12 +1100