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The Bible and Critical Theory

The Bible and Critical Theory

Important notice

The Bible and Critical Theory is now available on its new website:

From its inception in 2004 to the end of 2010, Monash University ePress has been proud to publish The Bible and Critical Theory. However, due to changes at the press, from 2011 onward the journal is being published independently by its editors, Julie Kelso and Roland Boer. The editors (and Monash University ePress) are delighted to announce that the journal is now available, on an open access basis, at the new site.

Full list of issues of The Bible and Critical Theory

About The Bible and Critical Theory

The Bible and Critical Theory is an exploratory and innovative online scholarly journal for biblical studies. The journal explores the intersections between critical theory, understood in the broad sense, and biblical studies. It publishes peer-reviewed articles that investigate the contributions from critical theory to biblical studies, and contributions from biblical studies to critical theory. Several book reviews are also published in each issue.

ISSN 1832-3391

Aims and scope

Biblical studies is in an interesting state of flux. The various methods of critical theory have been used by biblical critics for some time now. The methods include post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, the social sciences, Marxism, ecocriticism, post-colonialism, reader response criticism, narratology, new historicism and utopian studies These methods have raised questions about the Bible concerning race and ethnicity, indigeneity, gender and sexual difference, class and ideology, hegemony and subversion, the nature of history, texts and readers, and so on.

Yet, much work remains to be done. Many parts of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and extra-canonical literature remain unexplored in light of the questions and methods of critical theory. Those parts of the Bible that have been the concern of biblical interpreters working with critical theory require further work. As far as critical theory is concerned, there has been minimal and sporadic concern with the Bible, although the situation is beginning to change.

For these reasons the journal will publish work not only by biblical critics, but also by critical theorists interested in the questions the Bible and biblical studies pose for critical theory.

As well as publishing five peer-reviewed articles per issue, the journal also publishes book reviews.

Publication dates

From 2006 to 2010, the journal was published in February, June and October of each year.

Publication dates for 2005 issues were April, August and December. The Bible and Critical Theory was launched in November 2004.

DEST accreditation

The Bible and Critical Theory is listed on the Australian Government's Register of Refereed Journals. The journal has been "assessed by DEST as satisfying the refereeing requirements for the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)". This means that eligible articles, as set out in the HERDC Specifications, are able to earn DEST points for the authors' departments in Australian universities.

Editorial team

Dr Julie Kelso, Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Literature at Bond University, is the Managing Editor of The Bible and Critical Theory.

Dr Roland Boer, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, is Associate Editor of The Bible and Critical Theory:

James Harding, Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies at the University of Otago, is the book review editor for The Bible and Critical Theory.

Krystle Richardson is the Editorial Assistant.

Contact the editors

Publisher (2004 to 2010)

Monash University ePress

Building 4
Monash University
Wellington Road
Clayton 3800



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