Dr Mark Brett
BA, MDiv, PhD
Professor of Old Testament
Mark grew up in Papua New Guinea, which formed the foundation for a life-long exploration of the relationship between culture and theology.
He studied philosophy and history at Queensland University (BA), but through studying at Princeton Seminary (MDiv) with many students from the Two-Thirds World, he discovered a passion for the Hebrew Bible. After completing his PhD at the University of Sheffield, he taught for several years at Lincoln Theological College in England.
He is the author of Biblical Criticism in Crisis? (Cambridge 1991), Genesis: Procreation and the Politics of Identity (Routledge 2000), Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire (Phoenix 2008, ATF Press 2009), and editor of Ethnicity and the Bible (E J Brill 1996).
He has been an executive editor of the interdisciplinary journal Biblical Interpretation (published in Leiden), and currently serves on the editorial boards of Pacifica (Melbourne), the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (London) and The Bible and Critical Theory (Melbourne). He was the Policy Officer at Native Title Services Victoria, 2005-2008.
He is married to Ilsa Hampton and has three children. He is a member of Brunswick Baptist Church.