Dr Gili Kugler

BA in Jewish philosophy, MA in biblical studies, PhD in biblical studies (HUJI)
Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone (02) 8627 4843

Biographical details

Gili is interested in researching the development of traditions and beliefs in the bible, tracking the way they are reconfigured and reshaped in different texts. Her dissertation, entitled “The Divine Threat to Destroy Israel during the Wandering in the Desert: Traditions, Theology, and Hermeneutics”, analyses the manifestations of the idea of God’s threats to destroy the people of Israel and its evolving meaning in a range of biblical texts. The study uses historical-literary analytical tools and examines the process in which the texts were formed alongside the theological tendencies and political factors that motivated them. Gili has a broad and diverse teaching experience. She had taught biblical studies in several academic institutions in Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University and two colleges for education. In addition she had taught pedagogic courses in these institutions, as well as quite a few years of Jewish studies in Jerusalem’s Keshet High School, which integrates religious and secular students.

Research interests

Research Areas

  • Biblical traditions and myths.
  • Biblical historiography and historical rewriting.
  • Inner-biblical interpreters.
  • Biblical theology.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Introduction to the Bible (e.g. “Biblical Hebrew”; “Currents of Biblical Research”)
  • Methodologies of Reading and Researching Biblical Text
  • Biblical Theology and Biblical Thought

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Law in Ezra-Nehemiah Paul BYUN

Current projects

Tracing Embedded, “Secular”, Material within the Hebrew Bible

The research traces material embedded in biblical literature that may have originally lacked any religious connotation, examining the circumstances and potential motivation of the process of “religionization” in the Bible. Mapping the patterns and tendencies of these sources might contribute to the discussion about the editors’work and the editorial process in the biblical literature.

Conference Activity

SBL Annual Meeting, San Diego (2014): “A Sovereign or a Servant of God? –Rebekah in Diachronic Reading.”

SBL Annual Meeting, Baltimore (2013): “The Fate of Hebron: Teaching Ideas Relating to Conquest and Destruction in the Israeli Education System.”

Tel Aviv University: International Conference on Theodicy and Protest – Jewish and Christian Perspectives (2014): “Theodicy in Psalm 106.”

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Kugler, G. (2017). The Cruel Theology of Ezekiel 20. Zeitschrift fuer die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW), 129(1), 47-58. [More Information]
  • Kugler, G. (2017). Who Conquered Hebron? Apologetic and Polemical Tendencies in the Story of Caleb in Josh 14. Vetus Testamentum, 67(4), 570-580. [More Information]
  • Kugler, G. (2016). The Threat of Annihilation of Israel in the Desert: An Independent Tradition within Two Stories. Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 78(4), 632-647.
  • Kugler, G. (2014). The Dual Role of Historiography in Psalm 106: Justifying the Present Distress and Demonstrating the Individual's Potential Contribution. Zeitschrift fuer die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW), 126(4), 546-553. [More Information]
  • Kugler, G. (2013). Present Affliction Affects the Representation of the Past: An Alternative Dating of the Levitical Prayer in Nehemiah 9. Vetus Testamentum, 63(4), 605-626. [More Information]

2017

  • Kugler, G. (2017). The Cruel Theology of Ezekiel 20. Zeitschrift fuer die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW), 129(1), 47-58. [More Information]
  • Kugler, G. (2017). Who Conquered Hebron? Apologetic and Polemical Tendencies in the Story of Caleb in Josh 14. Vetus Testamentum, 67(4), 570-580. [More Information]

2016

  • Kugler, G. (2016). The Threat of Annihilation of Israel in the Desert: An Independent Tradition within Two Stories. Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 78(4), 632-647.

2014

  • Kugler, G. (2014). The Dual Role of Historiography in Psalm 106: Justifying the Present Distress and Demonstrating the Individual's Potential Contribution. Zeitschrift fuer die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW), 126(4), 546-553. [More Information]

2013

  • Kugler, G. (2013). Present Affliction Affects the Representation of the Past: An Alternative Dating of the Levitical Prayer in Nehemiah 9. Vetus Testamentum, 63(4), 605-626. [More Information]

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