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Research Biography

Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski is senior lecturer in New Testament at Flinders University Department of Theology and Director of Biblical Studies at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology. She has lived and worked in various parts of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including a year in Jerusalem as the Golda Meir post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University. She is an author and editor of the international Earth Bible Project, which has produced a series of books that seek to read the Bible in the shadow of the ecological crisis facing the Earth community. Her Earth Bible commentary on Colossians is appeariing with Bloomsbury T & T Clark in January 2020. She has written for various feminist collections. Vicky heads up the Forum on Religion and Ecology, Australia Pacific region. She is actively involved in supporting the development of indigenous writers in the field of spirituality, and organized a National First and Second Peoples' writers' retreat in October 2019.

Research Interests

Contemporary interpretations of sacred texts in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, including ecological, feminist, socio-cultural and post-colonial interpretations of the Bible, contemporary hermeneutics, Earth Bible, Letter to the Colossians, Stoic philosophy and cosmology, eschatology, the Gospels of Matthew and John, indigenous spirituality as it relates to Christian Scripture, traditions and practices. Koine Greek, historical-critical interpretation of Scripture. 

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Mark's Gospel, feminist hermeneutics, Paul and Stoic thought, Ephesian household code and postcolonial hermeneutics (3)
  • Irony in the Fourth Gospel (1)
  • Kurios in the Gospel of John (1)
  • Lay People's Understanding of Forgiveness of Sins: A Hermeneutical Comparion of John 20:19-23 between Exegetes and Lay People (1)
  • Pagan, Jewish and Christian monotheism in western Asia Minor using assimilation theory (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Syrophoenician woman in Mark's Gospel, Colossians and material culture (2)
  • A 'history of influence' study of John Baptist de La Salle's recourse to the Bible, with particular reference to the Gospel of Matthew 4.23-10.8 (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Literature

Supervisory Interests

  • Religious studies


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