Prof Stefano Salemi

Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Director of Research, Director of the Australian Centre for Biblical and Theological Research (ACBTR), and Associate Professor of Biblical Languages, Studies and Theology

Stefano’s academic background

Stefano Salemi is a scholar of biblical studies, languages, and theology. He has held or continues to hold research and/or teaching posts at various universities, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, King’s College London, Theological Faculty of Apulia, Pretoria, Sheffield, North-West University, SCD University College, and Jerusalem. He possesses the rare expertise of someone with multiple doctorates from the UK and Italy in Biblical Studies and Theology. He teaches and conducts research in the fields of biblical studies and exegesis, hermeneutics, Hebrew and Greek languages and semantics, biblical and systematic-historical theology, reception history, and intertextual studies. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His publications include, among many contributions to edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, books on Hebrew semantics and Ezekiel (2024), John’s passion narrative (2023), Christ’s death in John (2014), and Christology (forthcoming).

Why Stefano chose a biblical and theological vocation

Stefano decided to pursue a career in Christian education as he is passionate about biblical and theological studies. He has been intrigued by the Bible, its content, languages and theology; his goal is to share this with others.

He loves collaborating and promoting growth in a Bible-centred context with his students, helping them understand Jesus’s love and sacrifice more fully.

Stefano sees his classroom and office, where he interacts with students and his colleagues, as a space for good communication, patience, kindness, empathy, respect, enthusiasm, group work and critical thinking.

Stefano enjoys music and singing. He loves exploring nature with his family and enjoys the arts, books, museums, travelling and cooking.

How does Stefano think PBC equips students to serve God's purposes in our generation?

“I believe that PBC is a place where Christian experience, ministerial formation and academic rigour combine in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the Bible with a converging impact on Christian ministry, life, practice and a spiritual-worshipping experience open to a multi-faith society.

At PBC, our students can engage with various innovative teaching methods. We encourage them to interface dynamically in an interdisciplinary environment.

PBC is a place where one can feel a strong sense of service and a comprehensive understanding of the needs of people. The college is where the skills and preparation for a successful Christian experience join together by equipping students with biblical knowledge, theological and exegetical tools, homiletic and rhetoric competencies, and leadership and academic competence.

PBC puts knowledge into practice and cares for its students during and beyond their academic experience. PBC is a family with the vision to help students reach their goals through positive and comprehensive support during their learning journey.”

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“The thing I loved most about PBC was the environment. We have a Christian community on campus, support from the lecturer, lovely students and fellowship. It has encouraged me to feel part of the community.”