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Rev’d Dr Jeanette Mathews

Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma Theology course advisor | Senior Lecturer in Old Testament

BAppSc (LI), BD (IBTS), MA (UCT), PhD (CSU)

Position

Lecturer in Old Testament
Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma Theology course advisor

 

Phone

02 6272 6249

 

Email

jmathews@csu.edu.au

 

Profile

Jeanette Mathews is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies (Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew) at St Mark’s National Theological College, Canberra, a partner in the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University. She holds a PhD from Charles Sturt University, a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Divinity from the International Baptist Theological Seminary (Rüschlikon, Switzerland) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from Lincoln Institute, Melbourne. Jeanette is an accredited minister in the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT, and was Associate Minister at Canberra Baptist Church from 1997 – 2007 where she was ordained in 1999. She has been teaching at St Mark’s since 2006.

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 (Cascade, 2012), and a new monograph entitled Prophets as Performers: Biblical Performance Criticism and Prophetic Literature. Biblical Performance Criticism Series will be published in 2020. 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).

Jeanette Mathews is on the Steering Committee of the Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts section of SBL, and a Senior Fellow of the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable.

 

Teaching

  • THL 100 Introduction to Biblical Languages (Hebrew)
  • THL 105/408 Introduction to the Old Testament Studies
  • THL 202 Old Testament History and Narrative
  • THL 209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
  • THL 304 The Pentateuch
  • THL 308 The Prophetic Literature

 

Publications

Books

  • (in progress): Prophets as Performers: Biblical Performance Criticism and Prophetic Literature. Biblical Performance Criticism Series (Cascade Books)
  • God, by Degrees(Ed.) (Barton Books, 2014).
  • Performing Habakkuk: Faithful Re-enactment in the Midst of Crisis(Pickwick Publications, 2012)

Articles

  • ‘Godcomes to Job’ in St Mark’s Review  239, 2017 (and editorial with David Neville)
  • ‘The Third Commandment: Lifting the Lord’s Name’ in Review and Expositor No. 113(4), 2016
  • ‘Jonah as a performance: Performance critical guidelines for reading a prophetic text’ in Bible and Critical Theory No. 12(1), 2016
  • ‘Old Testament Epics: revisualising familiar texts’ inSt Mark’s Review  234, 2015
  • ”Hush before him all the earth’: An ecological reading of Habakkuk via Biblical Performance Criticism’ inColloquium  46(1), 2014.
  • ‘Deuteronomy 30: Faithfulness in the Refugee Camps of Moab, Babylonia and beyond’ inBible, Borders, Belongings: Engaging Readings from Oceania, edited by Jione Havea, David Neville and Elaine Wainwright, SBL Semeia Studies series (Society of Biblical Literature, 2014).
  • ‘Prophets performing as Public Theologians’ inBTh Bible, Justice and Public Theology, edited by David Neville, Sheffield Phoenix Press (2014)
  • ‘Preaching a many-splendoured God’ inSt Mark’s Review  227, 2014.
  • ‘Translating Habakkuk as a performance’ – contributing essay toOrality Studies, Performance Criticism and their Implications for Bible Translation, edited by James Maxey and Ernst Wendland, (Cascade Books, 2013).
  • ‘Framing Lament: Providing a context for the expression of pain’ – contributing essay toSpiritual Complaint, edited by Miriam J. Bier and Tim Bulkeley (Pickwick Publications, 2013)
  • ‘Preaching from the Minor Prophets’ inSt Mark’s Review  223, 2013.
  • ‘Lament Psalms’ inSt Mark’s Review  219, 2012.
  • ‘Rachel and Leah: Rivals or Partners?’ inOn the Road (Journal of the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand) 51, December 2011
  • ‘Reading the Scriptures as Scripts’ inOn the Road (Journal of the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand) 49, July 2011
  • ‘What are we to make of violence in the book of Habakkuk?’ inOn the Road (Journal of the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand) 45, June 2010

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