Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Biblical studies is in an interesting state of flux. The various methods of critical theory have been used by biblical critics for some time now. The methods include post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, the social sciences, Marxism, ecocriticism, post-colonialism, reader response criticism, narratology, new historicism and utopian studies These methods have raised questions about the Bible concerning race and ethnicity, indigeneity, gender and sexual difference, class and ideology, hegemony and subversion, the nature of history, texts and readers, and so on.

Yet, much work remains to be done. Many parts of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and extra-canonical literature remain unexplored in light of the questions and methods of critical theory. Those parts of the Bible that have been the concern of biblical interpreters working with critical theory require further work. As far as critical theory is concerned, there has been minimal and sporadic concern with the Bible, although the situation is beginning to change.

For these reasons the journal will publish work not only by biblical critics, but also by critical theorists interested in the questions the Bible and biblical studies pose for critical theory.

From 2004 to 2010, the journal was published on a subscription basis by Monash University ePress. From 2011 it is published as an open-access journal by the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

The Bible and Critical Theory is a fully double-blind and peer-reviewed journal. The key criterion for reviewer assessment is critically rigorous and innovative engagement between both biblical criticism and critical theory. We employ exprts in their respective fields to undertake reviews. As an online, open-access journal, we provide timely reviews of submitted articles and equally timely publication.


Publication Frequency

In order to utilise the full capacity of open-access publishing, articles are published as soon as the reviewing and publication process is complete. When five articles have been published in this fashion, they will form the next issue. During this process, articles are listed as part of the current table of contents. On occasion, thematic issues also appear, published as single issues.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391