Jeanette’s area of research is Biblical Performance Criticism of the Old Testament. This method is explained and illustrated in her article ‘Scripture as Performance’ in St Mark’s Review No. 249, 2019 (3). Her PhD thesis on the book of Habakkuk was published as a monograph entitled Performing Habakkuk: Faithful Re-enactment in the Midst of Crisis (Pickwick, 2012), and a new monograph entitled Prophets as Performers: Biblical Performance Criticism and Prophetic Literature was published in 2020 by Cascade Books. Her current research project will be a contribution to the Smyth and Helwys ‘Reading the Old Testament’ series, with a focus on the Megilloth (Festival Scrolls) and Biblical Performance Criticism. In addition to a number of essays in journals and edited books, Jeanette has edited two editions of a handbook for new theological students entitled God, by Degrees (Barton Books, 2014, 2019).
“I began studying theology in my early 20s with a view to becoming a missionary. At the time I had no role models for women in ministry other than female missionaries. While studying theology overseas my focus returned to ministry in an Australian setting and I took up pastoral work in Baptist churches in Melbourne (1991-1993) and Canberra (1997-2006). My ministry strengths were teaching and preaching, so my move into a teaching role following completion of my PhD was a natural outcome of postgraduate study in theology.
I have always loved good literature so Biblical Studies is a natural fit for me. The diversity and complexity of Old Testament literary traditions provides a wealth of material for study. An appreciation for Performance Criticism is a reminder that scripture is a living entity and therefore open-ended, offering opportunities for upholding, transmitting, and improvising those literary traditions for new settings in our own times and places.”
“The rewards of teaching are in those ‘a-ha’ moments, not only on the part of students who tell me how they have developed a new and deepened appreciation for the biblical literature, but also in the marking of assignments where I am offered new perspectives and insights.”