Rev Dr Ma'afu Palu

Rev Dr Ma'afu Palu

HDR Supervisor


Ph.D. (University of Western Sydney & Moore Theological College)
Dissertation Title Jesus, Time and the Kingdom: An Interpretation of Mark 1:15 2009

D.Min. (Faith Seminary, Tonga Extension (Tacoma, WA))
Dissertation Title Contextualisation Within the Parameters of the Bible: Towards a Biblical Pacific Theology 2004

M.A.(Theology) (Moore Theological College (Sydney, NSW)) 1981

B.Sc. & B.Ed. (Chemistry major) (University of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW)) 1996

B.Div. (Sia’atoutai Theological College (Tonga))
Dissertation Title Breaking Bread: Unity or Diversity? 1990


  • 2017
    • Palu, M. (2017). The Storyline of the Bible: A Pacifician Contribution. Nuku’alofa: Ichthus Publishers.

Book Chapter

  • 2008
    • Palu, M. (2008). The Significance of the Jew-Gentile Distinction for Theological Contextualization In Eds. Peter G. Bolt and Mark D. Thompson, Donald Robinson, Selected Works: Appreciation (pp. 141-152). Camperdown: Australian Church Record.

Journal Article

  • 2014
    • Palu, M. (2014). Reading the New Testament as Gentiles Living in the Pacific. Melanesian Journal of Theology, 30, no. 2 21-42.
  • 2013
    • Palu, M. (2013). Reading the Old Testament as Gentiles Living in the Pacific. Melanesian Journal of Theology, 28, no. 2 67-81.


Academic Conference

  • 2018
    • Translating Sexual Metaphors Into a Culture Where it is Taboo (2018), SBL International, Helsinki, Finland, 07 Mar 2018

Scholarship Publications


  • 2017
    • Palu, M. (2017). Does God Exist? A Biblical Perspective from the South Seas. Kindle Direct Publishers.
    • Palu, M. (2017). The Bible as God’s Word: hearing the Voice of God in the Pacific Today. Nuku'alofa: Ichthus Publishers.
    • Palu, M. (2017). Sex in Tonga: A Reflection on What the Bible Says. Kindle Direct Publishers.
    • Palu, M. (2017). Reading the Bible as Gentiles: Crossing the Spiritual Divide. Kindle Direct Publishers.
    • Palu, M. (2017). Pacific Biblical Hermeneutics. Nuku'alofa: Ichthus Publishers.
    • Palu, M. (2017). Pacific Theology: Problems and Proposals. Nuku'alofa: Ichthus Publishers.
  • 2012
    • Palu, M. (2012). Jesus and Time: An Interpretation of Mark 1:15. London: T&T Clark International.
  • 2011
    • Palu, M. (2011). Ngaahi Tefito’i Tokateline ‘o e Tohitapu (Basic Biblical Doctrines). Nuku'alofa: Tonga Print.
  • 2008
    • Palu, M. (2008). Lotukalafi ‘o e Tolu-Taha’i ‘Otua (Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Trinity). Asquith: Sau Faupula Congregation.
  • 2006
    • Palu, M. (2006). Halakinikini ki he Vete Tohitapu (Introduction to Biblical Interpretation). Sydney: Langham Partnership Australia.

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