Dr Kathryn Imray

Dr ImrayDr Imray serves as lecturer in Hebrew and Hebrew Bible in the Department of Biblical Studies.

At PTC since January 2016.

Kathryn earned her PhD at Murdoch University, graduating in 2010. Prior to arriving at PTC, she lectured in Biblical Studies in Perth, Western Australia, and was active in adult education and pastoral care in her communities in Perth and Melbourne. Kathryn’s research focusses on love, death, and beauty in the ancient Near East. She is currently completing a doctorate in Communication and Creative Writing, and incorporates creative practice into her teaching and supervision. Kathryn is also a qualified counsellor and a professional member of the International Association for Counselling and international member of the Australian Counselling Association. She facilitates the PTC Children’s Art Club, a series of art circles which seek to foster creative expression and peacebuilding in children.

Contact

email: kathryn.imray@ptc.ac.fj

Qualifications

  • PhD (Murdoch University)
  • BA (Hons) (Murdoch University)
  • GradDipCouns (ACAP)
  • PhD (current; Deakin University)

Research and Teaching Interests

Research interests include:

  • Love and death in the ancient Near East
  • Gender and sexuality in the Hebrew Bible
  • Existential counselling and creative therapies
  • Satire and subversive humour
  • History of the Jewish people in the Pacific Islands

Recent Publications

  • “Posthumous Interest in go’el hadam Legal Tradition.’ Forthcoming in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.
  • “Shall Not the Judge of the Earth Do What is Right: Theodicies in Watchmen.” Forthcoming in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.
  • “Literary Seduction: God as Feminized Other in Job.” Pacific Journal of Theology Series II (55), 2016, 35-49.
  • “Love is (Strong as) Death: Reading the Song of Songs through Proverbs 1-9.”Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74 (4), 2013, 649-665.

PhD Thesis

Recent Presentations

  • “Posthumous Interest in Biblical Homicide Law.” Invited presentation given at the Department of Jewish Studies, Northwestern University, Chicago, November 2012.
  • “Why God Can’t Win in a Fight with Dr Manhattan: The Cold War Theodicy of Watchmen and its Implications for the Book of Job.” Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2012.
  • “Literary Seduction: God as Feminised Other in Job.” Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Amsterdam, July 2012.
  • “Qohelet’s Concept of Eternity.” Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Vienna, July 2007.

Supervision and Teaching at PTC (since 2016)

Courses Taught at PTC

2018

  • B20HF01 Biblical Hebrew 1
  • B20HF02 Biblical Hebrew 2
  • B20NF01 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF02 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF03 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF04 Hebrew Reading
  • B20HF51 Hellenistic Greek 1
  • B20HF52 Hellenistic Greek 2
  • B20NF04 Introduction to the Study of the Prophets
  • P20SF06 Studies in the Writings

2017

  • B20HF01 Biblical Hebrew 1
  • B20HF02 Biblical Hebrew 2
  • B20NF05 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF06 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF07 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF08 Hebrew Reading
  • B20BF05 Introduction to the Study of the Writings
  • P20CF03 Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation 1
  • P20CF04 Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation 2
  • P20SF05 Studies in the Prophets
  • P20CF08 Apocalyptic Literature

2016

  • B20HF01 Biblical Hebrew 1
  • B20HF02 Biblical Hebrew 2
  • B20NF01 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF02 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF03 Hebrew Reading
  • B20NF04 Hebrew Reading
  • B20BF01: Introduction to the Study of Torah
  • P20CF04 Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation 2
  • P20SF04 Studies in the Torah
  • P20SF09 Empire and Biblical Interpretation

Supervision (Successfully Completed)

  • Geraldine Wiliame (MTh, 2017), The Book of Jonah: Towards a Theology of Interfaith Dialogue within the Methodist Church in Fiji
  • Othnielson Gamutu (MTh, 2016), A Narrative Analysis of Jacob’s Conflict and Reconciliation: A Study on the Schism at Logahaza
  • Billy Wetewea (Hons, 2017), Kanaky, The Land of Promises: A Re-reading of the Conquest Narrative in the Book of Joshua from the Perspective of the People of the Land
  • Aribeta Tebakaro (Hons, 2017), A Rainbow of Promise or Punishment? Re-reading Genesis 9:15-17 in the Context of Climate Change in Kiribati
  • Meeri Iaabeti (Hons, 2017), The Biblical Case for Gender Equality: A Kiribati Womanist Perspective

Supervision (Current)

  • Iosefa Lefaoseu (PhD), Lalagaga O Le Ola (Weaving Life) with God: Reading the Book of Job from a Samoan Theological Perspective: A Contribution to Biblical Hermeneutics in our ‘Sea of Islands’
  • Samson Koi (MTh), Reading Micah 6:6 Using a Noman Ngui Lens
  • Melepone Isara (MTh), The Joseph Novella: A Samoan Economic Exploratory Dialogue

 

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