I have been involved for some months (and at a distance) in the process for appointing a new Professor of Old Testament as my colleague at the Centre for Theology and Ministry. News came today that the appointment has been confirmed by the Synod.
Dr Monica Melanchthon, ordained within the Lutheran Church in India in 2009, is currently Professor of Old Testament studies at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, India. She is an internationally-known OT scholar with degrees from Serampore University and Bangalore University in India, and a doctoral degree from the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago.
With a rich contribution of articles and monographs over the last ten years, two of Monica’s forthcoming publications give a taste of her interests and passions: “Mapping feminist Biblical Studies in Asia” in Feminist Biblical studies in the 20th century edited by Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza and “Biblical and Theological Perspectives of Ecumenism: Old Testament Perspective” in Learning Ecumenism Together: Resources from Asian Perspectives.
Dr Melanchthon’s current commitments in India will conclude in April 2012 and she will begin her appointment with us from May 2012.
A warm welcome to Monica as she prepares to move from India to Australia and join the Faculty here.