Professor Mark Brett teaches Hebrew Bible and ethics. He was raised in Papua New Guinea, which has yielded a lifelong interest in the cultural contexts of education and biblical studies. His PhD on hermeneutical philosophy was published as Biblical Criticism in Crisis? (Cambridge University Press, 1991), and his subsequent research has focused on ethnicity and postcolonial studies. During 2005–2008, he also worked for an Aboriginal organization in developing new frameworks for the negotiation of native title claims within the state of Victoria. He is a member of Brunswick Baptist Church.
- PhD (University of Sheffield, UK)
- MDiv (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
- BA (University of Queensland)
- ‘Religious Dimensions of Postcolonial Policy in Australia’, in C. Baker, B.R. Crisp and A. Dinham (eds), Re-imagining Religion and Belief for 21st Century Policy and Practice (Bristol: Policy Press, 2018).
- ‘A Suitably English Abraham: Emigration to Australia in the Nineteenth Century’, in J. Havea (ed.), Postcolonial Voices from Downunder: Indigenous Matters, Confronting Readings (Eugene: Pickwick, 2017), 110–121.
- Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016).
- ‘Narrative Deliberation in Biblical Politics’, in D.N. Fewell (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), 540–549.
- ‘The Priestly Dissemination of Abraham’, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 3 (2014): 87–107.
Units Currently Teaching:
- Introducing the Hebrew Bible
- Genesis (Undergrad and Postgrad)
- Hebrew Scriptures – Theology and History (NAIITS program, with Naomi Wolfe)
- Justice in the Prophets (with Merryl Blair)
- Preaching and Teaching the Old Testament
- Promised Land and Exile
- Reading Scripture Interculturally (with Ian Dicks and Siu Fung Wu) (Undergrad and Postgrad)
- Salvation in the Bible (with Keith Dyer) (Undergrad and Postgrad)
- Theologies and Practices of Love (with Keith Dyer)
- Use of the Bible in Ethics (with Keith Dyer)
- War and Peace in the Hebrew Bible
- Hebrew Bible
- Political Theologies
- Intercultural Studies