Gender, Justice and Empire: Contextual Reading of the Old Testament

Gender, Justice and Empire: Contextual Reading of the Old Testament
11, 12, 18, 19 March; 1 and 2 April

This unit is taught both online and in-person over 6 days (Fridays and Saturdays). Explore the relationship between big issues in Old Testament interpretation, through texts that narrate the experiences of women both within the Old Testament and through contemporary feminist and culturally divisive scholarship.

If you’re looking to learn more about women in the Bible, and the impact and interpretation of their gender within Old Testament society, then this is the unit for you! Suitable for anyone interested in feminist interpretations of the Bible, non-Western perspectives on Biblical texts, and postcolonial contexts, this is a subject that will deepen your understanding of the Old Testament and its contexts.

Whether you’re looking to deepen your own faith and understanding of the Bible or want to explore how religion has impacted society more generally, Gender, Justice and Empire is filled with fascinating research and resources and is taught by the ever-engaging Monica Melanchthon.


” Monica has so much scope and depth in her teaching and her method of teaching moves you think and act beyond your context”

– Duncan C Turuva, student at Pilgrim


This subject uses an interdisciplinary approach that will provide students with opportunities to study these Old Testament texts alongside the experiences of contemporary women, as well as portrayals of women in other media.

Please note that the Scriptural texts dealt with in this unit raise issues pertaining to women’s lives such as sexuality and violence, both past and present, that some people may find particularly triggering.


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Course code: BA3040P/9040P
Instructor: M Melanchthon
Mode of Delivery: Internal – Face to face and
External – Online Synchronous
Semester 2: Intensive: 11, 12, 18, 19 of March and 1
and 2 April