Dr Emma Austin

Dr Emma Austin

Lecturer in Old Testament Studies

Emma completed her Bachelor of Ministry with Alphacrucis in 2013 and continued on to study the Masters of Theology, with a semester exchange at Jerusalem University College, located on Mount Zion in Israel. After completing her MTh thesis (2015), she returned to Jerusalem to finish her second Masters, focusing on the geography and history of the Bible.

Emma's PhD (2024) introduces "mnemonature" as a lens for looking at how biblical authors use the natural world to enhance memorability of the Bible. In 2024, she was the recipient of AC's Parker Biblical Studies Award.

Emma is a member of the Biblical Studies and Pentecostal Studies research clusters.


Ph.D. (Alphacrucis University College)
Dissertation Title “When I See ... I Will Remember”: Exploring Memorability and Nature in the Old Testament through Mnemonature 2024

M.A.(Biblical History and Geography) (Jerusalem University College)
Dissertation Title Cross-Section of the Nations: The Huleh Basin as a Frontier/Borderland 2017

M.Th. (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title Beyond the Face: a case for early Orthodox iconography 2015

B.CMin. (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title Lewis, Tolkien and the Gospel 2013

Cert. IV (TESOL) (Intercultural Training Australia) 2014

Field of Research

Historical Studies, Other history, heritage and archaeology, Religious studies, Other Philosophy and Religious Studies

Book Chapters

  • 2023
    • Austin, E.M.(2023). Beyond the Face: A Pentecostal’s re-evaluation of Orthodox iconography In J. M. Luetz, D. A. Austin, & A. Duderija, Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 147–160). Springer Singapore.
  • 2022
    • Austin, E.M. & Grey, J. (2022). The Holy Spirit in the Chronicler & Ezra-Nehemiah In Craig S. Keener and L. William Oliverio Jr., The Spirit throughout the Canon: Pentecostal Pneumatology (pp. 23-27). Leiden: Brill. | External link

Journal Articles

  • Forthcoming
    • Rijken, A., Austin, E.M.. From Grief to Joy: An Intertextual Study of Naomi and Hannah. Australian Biblical Review, .
  • 2022
    • Austin, E. and Coetzee, N. (2022). To Build or to Be: An Intertextual Exploration of Sarai's Scheme. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 23(1) 59-72. | External link
    • Austin, E. M.(2022). Biblical Field Study as Experiential Pedagogy: Jerusalem University College as a Case Study. International Journal of Christianity and Education,  1-17.
  • 2021
    • Austin, EM & Grey, J (2021). The Spirit in 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Esther Transforming the Spirit Traditions for New Contexts. Pneuma, 43 344–349.
    • Austin, E.M.(2021). Dust from Heaven: reading 'ruach tzach' in Jeremiah 4:11-12 through the lens of geography. Australian Biblical Review, 70 18-32. | External link

Internal and External Grants

  • 2023
    • AC Conference Funding, $1000, AC
  • 2022
    • Three Minute Thesis Peoples' Choice Award, $500, Alphacrucis University College
  • 2020
    • Alphacrucis College Research Grant, $2000, Alphacrucis College


  • 2023
    • If I Shut Up Heaven: Drought as a Mnemonic for Reflection and Repentance (2023), AC Research Seminar, Brisbane, Australia, 26 Oct 2023
    • (with Robinson, A., Whitaker, R., Kolia, B.) Panel: What is the future of Biblical studies in Australia? (2023), Fellowship of Biblical Studies, Sydney, Australia, 27 Sep 2023
    • The Choice of Death or Life: Yhwh-as-Lion and Yhwh-as-Lion-Master (2023), Fellowship of Biblical Studies, Sydney, Australia, 27 Sep 2023
    • “Who said anything about safe?”: Lions as a Mnemonic for YHWH’s Power (2023), AC Research Seminar, Brisbane, Australia, 27 Apr 2023
  • 2022
    • Walking and Talking with Father Abraham: A Mnemonature Reading of Genesis (2022), Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, USA, 20 Nov 2022
  • 2021
    • What Do You See? Walking and Talking in Jeremiah (2021), Fellowship of Biblical Studies, Zoom, 30 Sep 2021
    • Beyond the Face: A Pentecostal Re-Evaluation of Orthodox Iconography (2021), Beyond the Divide, Alphacrucis College, 08 Jul 2021
  • 2019
    • (with Austin, G.P.) 'You're Blocking My View!': Critical Literacy for Theological Studies (2019), Asia Pacific Theological Association (APTA), Hong Kong, 03 Sep 2019
  • 2018
    • History and Geography of the Bible (2018), Asia Pacific Theological Association (APTA), Singapore, 11 Sep 2018

Engagement Publications

Popular Articles

  • 2021
    • Austin, E. (2021). Religious – And Loving It!. , . | External link
    • Austin, E. (2021). Isolation And Belonging In J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter And Joseph, Prince Of Egypt. , . | External link
  • 2020
    • Austin, E. (2020). The Jerusalem Cross Necklace. , . | External link
    • Austin, E (2020). The Lost Art of Lamenting. Trash Your Bible, . | External link
    • Austin, E (2020). A Series of Unfortunate Events. Trash Your Bible, . | External link
    • Austin, E (2020). Sisera Is Not Welcome Here. Trash Your Bible, . | External link

Other Publications

  • Forthcoming
    • Austin, E.. Cyril and Evelyn Westbrook (forthcoming).
    • Austin, E.M.. Kevin and Glenys Hovey (forthcoming).
    • Austin, E.. William George Forbes (forthcoming).

Completed Supervision

  • 2022
    • Andrina Rijken, Hannah and Naomi (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Hammer, E, The Purpose of Violence in Joshua (Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours))

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