Field B – Biblical Studies

BA1010P/ BA2010P/ BA8010P

LIFE, HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
Monica Melanchthon

Field B – Old Testament (BA)
Semester 1: Tuesday Afternoon
Available online and on campus

Come and increase your knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and gain new insights into the life, history and faith of the people of God in ancient Israel. You will survey the contents of the Old Testament and study the historical contexts, genres and theology of the OT books. As well as understanding the texts in their ancient context, you will explore their relation to issues of contemporary faith. 

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BA2040P / BA3040P/ BA9040P

GENDER, JUSTICE AND EMPIRE
Monica Melanchthon

Field B – Old Testament (BA)
Semester 1: Intensive 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 March

This intensive five-day unit explores the relationship between issues of gender, justice and empire in Old Testament interpretation. We study a number of Old Testament texts, particularly those which narrate the experience of women within the wider social and imperial contexts. You will engage in a close reading of a range of primary Old Testament texts and contemporary feminist/womanist and other (culturally diverse) scholarship. The approach is 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.

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AL/BN3000P / AL/BN9000P

ADVANCED GREEK READING
Robyn Whitaker

Field B – New Testament (BN)

Also found in Field A – Languages (AL)
Semester 1: Tuesday Afternoon

There is no better way of improving your Greek skills than reading and translating texts. Aimed at those who have completed some Greek study already, this unit will help you develop skills for translation and interpretation, using a range of biblical and related texts. Come and deepen your understanding by reading the texts in their original language.

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BN1019P/ BN8019P

EARLIEST CHRISTIANITY
Robyn Whitaker

Field B – New Testament (BN)
Semester 1: Online
Parkville Hub tutorial for online class 2pm – 3.30pm

Immerse yourself in an introduction to New Testament history, texts and theology. Beginning with the letters of Paul as the earliest extant Christian literature, and surveying the development of gospel literature as well as other forms of early Christian writing, you will be introduced to the rise of the early Christian movement and explore the range of developing theological beliefs that characterised the first two generations of early Christianity.

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BN3020P / BN9020P

HISTORICAL JESUS
Sean Winter

Field B – New Testament (BN)
Semester 1: Thursday Afternoon
Also available online in semester 2

What can we know about the historical reality of Jesus of Nazareth? Do we need to know anything about his life and teaching? How do we go about approaching Jesus from a historical perspective? These questions loom large in the history of theology and New Testament study, and recently there have been major changes in the ways we ask and answer those questions. This course is for you if you have ever wondered whether the Jesus of Christian belief and practice has anything to do with the Jesus of history.

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BN2030P/ BN9030P

MARK’S GOSPEL IN CONTEXT
Robyn Whitaker

Field B – New Testament (BN)
Semester 2: Thursday Afternoon

The Gospel of Mark is the lectionary gospel for 2020 – 2021, so why not come and deepen your understanding of Mark’s story of Jesus? This course will guide you through that story, paying attention to the literary, social, cultural, and theological contexts to which it connects. Taking this course will deepen your skills in interpreting the gospels, and prepare you for the ‘Year of Mark’.

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AH9100P/ BS9100P

THINKING OTHERWISE: FEMINIST THEOLOGIES
Cathryn McKinney

Field B – Biblical Studies (BS)

Also Available in Field A – Humanities (AH)
Semester 1: Intensive: 4 May, 1, 8, 15 June, 3 August

Explore the contribution of feminist scholarship to Christian theology. Survey the history of feminism as a term; chart the growth of significance within theological discourse since the 1980s and resistance to it. Consider the significance of feminist methods, hermeneutics and approaches to reading and interpreting Scripture. Explore the consequent impact on feminist theologising, analysis of Christian doctrine, and the understanding of Christian tradition and liturgical life. We pay particular attention to the intersection of feminism with other theologies of liberation, against structures of oppression. Considering a range of contemporary social issues, we examine the actual and potential contribution of feminist insights toshaping nuanced and vibrant theological perspectives.

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BS3010P / BS9010P

READING AND INTERPRETING THE BIBLE IN CONTEMPORARY TIME
Monica Melanchthon

Field B – Biblical Studies (BS)
Semester 2: Intensive 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 August

This course will introduce you to exciting and challenging ways of interpreting the Bible, with a strong focus on those methods that help us to see how the Bible can continue to speak to our contemporary times. You will be introduced the strengths and weaknesses of historical, literary and contextual approaches, including feminist, queer, postcolonial, and postmodern theories. These methods will be explored with reference to selected texts from the Old Testament.

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BS2090P/ BS3090P/ BS9090P

HOLINESS, HOPE AND RESISTANCE: JEWISH
LITERATURE OF THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD
Kylie Crabbe

Field B – Biblical Studies (BS)
Semester 1: Tuesday Morning

The non-biblical texts of Second Temple Judaism explore themes of theological, cosmological, and political significance and offer fascinating insights into the ways that Old Testament ideas were developed within Judaism. Studying these texts also helps us understand the context of the New Testament. In this unit, you will get a chance to study the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Maccabean literature, apocalyptic texts, and the writings of Philo and Josephus in detail and gain an understanding of the issues, personalities and communities that belong to this important period in Jewish history.

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BS3060P / BS9060P

THE IN-BETWEEN BOOKS: THE JEWISH APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA
Monica Melanchthon

Field B – Biblical Studies (BS)
Semester 2: Tuesday Afternoon

The centuries that preceded the arrival of Jesus and the early Christian movement is fascinating from a historical, literary and theological perspective. It was a time of revolution and resistance and a period where Jews wrote a number of works (often known collectively as the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha) that give insights into the relationship between faith and culture, tradition and renewal. These texts and ideas in turn influenced the early Christian movement. This course is designed to introduce you to this fascinating history and its literature.

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BS3070P/ BS9070P

SEX AND THE BIBLE
Jione Havea

Field B – Biblical Studies (BS)
Intensive: 31 July, 1, 7, 8, 9 August

What does the Bible say about sex and sexuality? This course will help you think through the complex issues that are involved in answering that simple question. Working with different text and approaches you will explore the diversity of perspectives on sex and sexuality in the biblical tradition, and work out how the Bible can, and cannot, be used in contemporary debates about sex.

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For more information about any of these courses, contact College registrar Erlinda Loverseed on 03 9340 8892 or at registrar@pilgrim.edu.au