Dr Liz Boase
Head of Department of Theology, Flinders University and Lecturer in Biblical Studies: Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
BAppSc (Speech and Hearing) [WAIT], BDiv(Hons First Class), PhD [Murdoch]
I began studying theology in my twenties and found that I resonated deeply with the books of the Old Testament. People often ask me what it is about the Old Testament which grabbed my attention and my usual response is that in these ancient writings we are able to find out a great deal about ourselves and what it means to be truly authentic human beings before God. In these ancient writings we find people struggling with the same sorts of questions that we ask today: What is life about? Where do I find hope? Why do people suffer? How do we function well as a society? How do we relate to others? In exploring these sorts of questions, we encounter some deep and robust conversations– conversations between different voices in the writings of the Hebrew Scriptures, always spoken in the presence of God. The place where we find our fullest humanity is, for me, in those writings which deal with deep questions about pain and suffering. It is there that I find the courage to name and acknowledge the tough stuff of life. It is there that I find the language to bring all of who I am to God, in pain, in anger, and in hope.
Much of my research has focused on the book of Lamentations and on lament literature in general. Recently, I have been working with these texts from different hermeneutical (interpretive) perspectives. One project involves reading Lamentations from an ecological perspective. The other reading lens is that of trauma theory and trauma studies. I enjoy the challenge of engaging with familiar texts from different perspectives. It opens up new ways of seeing the bible and challenges me to engage biblically with some significant issues facing contemporary society.
Refereed journal articles