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    Dr Suzanne Boorer
    BSc (Uni Melb), Dip Ed (Uni Melb), BTh (MCD), ThM (MCD), STM (Yale), PhD (Emory)

    Senior Lecturer

    Teaching area

    The units that I teach on a regular basis at present are:

    REL207 Biblical Hebrew I and REL208 Biblical Hebrew II

    REL204 Introduction to the Bible

    THE506  Introduction to the Old Testament

    THE620 Old Testament Exegesis (Topics vary, for example, Pentateuch, Jeremiah, Wisdom Literature)






    Research areas

    The theology and hermeneutics of the Priestly material in the Pentateuch

    The promise of the land in the Pentateuch

    Theology of hope in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Completed PhDs

    Elizabeth Boase  Lamentations

    David Williams   The suffering servant in second Isaiah

    Kathryn Imray   Death in Ecclesiastes

    Mmapula Lefa  Proverbs 31

    Claire Maltas   Creation imagery in Job

    Janina Hiebel   Vision accounts in Ezekiel

    Virginia Ingram   Irony in the Succession Narrative

    Current PhD students

    Lisa Davies  1 Samuel 1-7 in the context of the Saul material




    • Boorer, S., (2016),The Vision of the Priestly Narrative. Its Genre and Hermeneutics of Time,SBL Press.


    • Boorer, S., (2015),Miriam, Moses and Aaron in Numbers 12 and 20. A feminist biblical theology concerning exclusion,In: AFTER EXEGESIS Feminist Biblical Theology. Essays in honour of Carol A Newsom, Baylor University Press, pages 123 to 139.
    • Boorer, S., (2014),The promise of the land as oath in Exodus 32:1-33:3,In: The Book of Exodus: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation, Koninkljke Brill nv Leiden, pages 245 to 266.
    • Boorer, S., (2013),Is the Priestly Creation Theology Relevant for the Church today?: An Exercise in Old Testament Hermeneutics,In: IMMENSE, UNFATHOMED, UNCONFINED The Grace of God in Creation, Church and Community, Uniting Academic Press, pages 21 to 36.
    • Boorer, S., (2011),The Envisioning of the Land in the Priestly Material: Fulfilled Promise or Future Hope?,In: Pentateuch, Hexateuch, or Enneateuch : identifying literary works in Genesis through Kings, Society of Biblical Literature, pages 99 to 125.
    • Boorer, S., (2010),Source and Redaction Criticism,In: Methods for Exodus, Cambridge University Press, pages 95 to 130.
    • Boorer, S., (2004),The 'Paradigmatic' and 'Historiographical' Nature of the Priestly Material as a Key to its Interpretation,In: Seeing Signals, Reading Signs. The Art of Exegesis, T&T Clark (International), pages 45 to 60.
    • Boorer, S., (2003),Kaleidoscopic patterns and the shaping of experience,In: The Changing Face of Form Criticism for the Twenty-First Century, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, pages 199 to 216.
    • Boorer, S., (2000),The Priestly Promise of the Land: Genesis 17.8 in the Context of P as a Whole,In: The Earth Story in Genesis, Sheffield Academic Press, pages 175 to 186.


    • Boorer, S., Henderson, R., (2019), The Concentric Structure of the Wisdom Poem in Job 28, Journal of Ancient Judaism, , , pages 26 - 45.
    • Boorer, S., (2012), The Place of Numbers 13-14(star) and Numbers 20:2-12(star) in the Priestly Narrative (Pg), Journal of Biblical Literature, 131, 1, pages 45 - 63.
    • Boorer, S., (2001), The Earth/Land in the Priestly Material: The preservation of the "good" earth and the promised land of Canaan throughout the generations, Australian Biblical Review, XLIX, , pages 19 - 33.
    • Boorer, S., (1998), Job's Hope: A Reading of the Book of Job from the Perspective of Hope, Colloquium, 30, 2, pages 101 - 122.
    • Boorer, S., (1997), The Dark Side of God? A Dialogue with Jung's interpretation of the Book of Job, Pacifica: Australasian theological studies, 10, , pages 277 - 297.

    The Promise of the Land as Oath:  A Key to the Formation of the Pentateuch  (BZAW 205; Berlin and New York:  de Gruyter, 1992) ISBN 3-11-013505-1 Pp. 470.

    “The Promise of the Land as Oath in Exodus 32:1-33:3,” in Exodus. Ed. Thomas Dozeman and Loel Lohr. Leiden:  Brill (forthcoming).

    “Is the Priestly Creation Theology Relevant for the Church Today?  An Exercise in Old Testament Hermeneutics,” in Immense, Unfathomed, Unconfined:  The Grace of God in Creation, Church and Community.  Ed. Sean Winter. United Academic Press 2013, 19-34.

    “The Place of Num 13-14* and Num 20:2-12* within the Priestly Narrative (Pg),”Journal of Biblical Literature   (2012) 45-63.

    “The Envisioning of the Land in the Priestly Material:  Fulfilled Promise or Future Hope,” in T. Dozeman, T. Romer, and K. Schmid (eds.) Pentateuch, Hexateuch, or Enneateuch: Identifying Literary Works in Genesis through Kings (AILSeries; Atlanta:  SBL, 2011) pp. 197-125

    “Source and Redaction Criticism,” in T. Dozeman (ed.) Methods for Exodus (Cambridge:  Cambridge University,  2010) pp. 95-130

    “The ‘Historiographical’ and ‘Paradigmatic’ Nature of the Priestly Material as Key to its Interpretation,” in M. O’Brien and H. Wallace (eds.) Reading Signals, Reading Signs:  The  Art of Exegesis (London, New York:  T&T Clark International, 2004) pp. 45-60

    “Kaleidoscopic Patterns and the Shaping of Experience,” in M. Sweeney and E. Ben Zvi (eds.) The Changing Face of Form Criticism for the Twenty-first Century. (Grand Rapids
    MI/Cambridge UK: Eerdmans, 2003) p. 199-216.

    “The Earth/Land ( Cra)) in the Priestly Material:  The Preservation of the “Good” Earth and the Promised Land of Canaan Throughout the Generations,” Australian Biblical  Review XLIX (2001) 19-33

    “The Priestly Promise of the Land:  Gen 17:8 in the Context of P as a Whole,” in N. Habel and S. Wurst (eds.) The Earth Story in Genesis  Sheffield:  Sheffield Academic
    Press, 2000, pp. 175-186

    “Job’s Hope:  A Reading of the Book of Job from the  Perspective of Hope,” Colloquium 30/2 (1998) 101-122

    “The Dark Side of God?  A Dialogue with Jung’s Interpretation of the Book of Job,” Pacifica 10 (1997) 277-297

    “A Matter of Life and Death:  A Comparison of Proverbs 1-9 and Job,” in S. B. Reid, Prophets and Paradigms:  Essays in Honour of Gene M. Tucker. Sheffield:  JSOT, 1996,
    pp. 187-204

    “The Prophetic Ministry?  Jeremiah as Paradigm,” in Trinity Occasional Papers, July 1996, pp. 5-30

    “The Importance of a Diachronic Approach:  The Case of Genesis-Kings.”  Catholic Biblical Quarterly  51 (1989)  195-208.

    “The Kerygmatic Intention of the Priestly Document.” Australian Biblical Review  XXV (1977) 12-20.