Jill Firth

Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament

BA (UWA), Grad Cert, Grad Dip, MA (MCD), M Div, PhD (ACT)

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Jill was born in Melbourne and completed some of her school years in Sydney. She graduated with a BA at the University of Western Australia and ministered with her husband Len in Perth and the WA wheatbelt. Jill and Len spent a year on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory with CMS, learning from and supporting Aboriginal leaders, then had ten years in Hong Kong leading an international church and participating in marriage ministry and city-wide evangelism in preparation for the 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty.

Jill studied theology at Ridley and concurrently trained as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition. She was ordained in 2008 and is a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2016, Jill completed her PhD on lament psalms, ‘The Re-presentation of David in Psalms 140-143.’ Jill has lectured at Ridley since 2005. She was appointed to faculty in 2016 and lectures in Hebrew and Old Testament.

Recent conference presentations:

‘Crawling into the Wounds of Jesus: Retrieving a Protestant Practice in Embodied Trauma.’ SBL, Boston (20 November 2017).

Exsurge Domine versus Ein feste Burg: Psalms in the Contest of Imaginaries in the Lutheran Reformation.’ Tyndale House, Cambridge (4 July 2017).

‘Luther’s Use of Lament Psalms in his Letters of Spiritual Counsel.’ Ridley College Melbourne (19 May 2017).

‘Save me from my pursuers, for they are too strong for me’ – The Re-presentation of David in Psalms 140-143.’ ETS, San Antonio (15 November 2016).

Teaching Areas
Hebrew, Old Testament.

Research Interests
Psalms, Language Pedagogy, Ignatian Spirituality, Jeremiah.

Hobbies & Interests
Reading, walking on the beach, sewing. Foreign travel and silent retreats. Time with family and friends. Writing and thinking, talking and learning.


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