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Dr Katharine Julia Dell MA (Oxon); D Phil (Oxon); PhD (Cantab)

Dr Katharine Julia Dell, MA (Oxon); D Phil (Oxon); PhD (Cantab)

Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology

Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies, St Catharine's College

Katharine Dell is accepting applications for PhD students.


Office Phone: 01223 763038

Subject area and speciality

Old Testament specialists:
  • Proverbs
  • Job Ecclesiastes
  • wisdom literature
  • creation
  • ecological readings of texts
  • musical interpretation of biblical texts
Jewish studies specialists:
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Wisdom Literature

College

St Catharine's College:
Director of Studies

Research Interests

Proverbs, Job Ecclesiastes, wisdom literature, creation, ecological readings of texts, musical interpretation of biblical texts, intertextuality. Dr Dell is currently working on a commentary on Ecclesiastes, a theology of Proverbs and a wider biblical theology - The Lord by wisdom founded the earth” (Prov 3:19):  Pursuing ‘Old Testament Theology’ through the lens of wisdom. 

Research Supervision

Current topics being pursued by PhD students include Proverbs, Song of Songs, Solomon, the Megilloth and Luther and Hebrew.

Other Professional Activities

Biblical Editor for the Journal of Theological Studies.

Editorial Board of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 

International Advisory Board of Biblical Tools and Studies (BiTS), Leuven 

Editor of The Biblical World, Second Edition, Routledge

Joint editor (with David Lincicum) of the new edition of the Oxford Bible Commentary, OUP

Key Publications

Books

  • The Book of Job as Sceptical Literature , BZAW 197, Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1991.
  • Values, Conflict and the Environment, (joint editor with R. Attfield), Oxford: Ian Ramsey Centre, 1989; Second edition Aldershot: Avebury Press; Brookfield VT: Ashgate, 1996.
  • Shaking a Fist at God: Understanding Suffering through the Book of Job, London: Harper Collins, 1995; Ligouri, Missouri: Triumph Books, 1996.
  • Get Wisdom, Get Insight: An Introduction to Israel’s Wisdom Literature , London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2000.
  • Job , The People’s Bible Commentary, Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2002.
  • Seeking a Life that Matters: Wisdom for Today from the Book of Proverbs , London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2002.
  • Wisdom: The Collected Articles of Norman Whybray , eds. K. J. Dell and M. Barker, SOTS Monograph Series, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.
  • The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Opening the Old Testament , Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
  • Genesis, Isaiah and Psalms: A Festschrift to honour John Emerton for his eightieth birthday, eds. K J Dell, G I Davies and Y V Koh, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010.
  • Ethical and Unethical in the Old Testament: God and humans in dialogue, ed. Katharine J Dell, LHBOTS 528, London: T & T Clark International, 2010.

    On Stone and Scroll: Essays in honour of Graham Ivor Davies, eds. James K Aitken, Katharine J Dell and Brian A Mastin, BZAW 420, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2011.

    Reading Job Intertextually, eds. Katharine Dell and Will Kynes, LHBOTS 574, London:Bloomsbury, 2012.

    Job:  Where shall Wisdom be Found?  Phoenix Guides to the Old Testament, ed. A. Curtis, Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.

    Biblical Interpretation and Method:  Essays in honour of Professor John Barton, eds. Katharine J. Dell and Paul M. Joyce, Oxford: OUP, 2013.

    Interpreting Ecclesiastes, Readers Old and New, Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible 3, Winona Lake: IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013.

  • Reading Ecclesiastes Intertextually, Katharine Dell and Will Kynes (eds.), LHBOTS 587, London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

    Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, Samuel Balentine, Clifton Black, Katharine J. Dell, Andreas Schuele and Jerry Sumney (eds),  Oxford and New York: OUP, 2015.

Main Articles

  • ‘Ecclesiastes as Wisdom: Consulting Early Interpreters’, Vetus Testamentum XLIV, No 3, July 1994, pp 301-32.
  • ‘Green Ideas in the Wisdom Tradition’, SJT 47/4 (1994), pp 423-451.
  • ‘The misuse of forms in Amos’, Vetus Tetamentum XLV, No 1, January 1995, pp 45-61.
  • “Reinventing the wheel: the shaping of the book of Jonah”, After the Exile: Essays on iblical History and Interpretation in Honour of Rex Mason, eds. J. Barton and D Rymer (Mercer University Press/Kok/Pharos, Kampen), 1996, pp. 85-101.
  • “On the development of wisdom in Israel”, Congress Volume: Cambridge 1995, ed. J. A. Emerton, Leiden: Brill, 1997, pp. 135-151.
  • “The King in the Wisdom Literature”, King and Messiah in Israel and the ancient Near East, ed. J. Day, JSOTS 270, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998, pp. 163-186.
  • “Wisdom in Israel”, Text in Context, ed. A.D.H. Mayes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 348-375.
  • “The Use of Animal Imagery in the Psalms and Wisdom Literature of Ancient Israel”,Scottish Journal of Theology 53/3 (2000), pp. 275-291.
  • “Plumbing the Depths of Earth: Job 28 and Deep Ecology”, The Earth Story in Wisdom TraditionsThe Earth Bible, Volume 3, eds. N. C. Habel and S. Wurst, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001, pp. 116-125.
  • “Wisdom Literature”, The Blackwell Companion to the Hebrew Bible, ed. L. G. Perdue, Oxford: Blackwell, 2001, pp 418-431.
  • “Wisdom”, The Biblical World, ed. J. Barton, London and New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 107-128.
  • “Covenant and Creation in relationship”, Covenant as Context: Essays in Honour of E. W. Nicholson, eds. A.D.H. Mayes and R.B. Salters, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 111-133.
  • “Job”, Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, eds. J. Rogerson and B. Metzger, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2004, pp. 337-363.
  • “How much Wisdom Literature has its Roots in the Pre-exilic period?”, In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel, ed. J. Day, London and New York: T & T Clark International, 2004, pp. 251-271.
  • “’I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre’ (Psalm XLIX 4 [5]): A cultic setting for wisdom psalms?”, Vetus Testamentum LIV/4 (2004), pp. 445-458.
  • “Does the Song of Songs have any connections to wisdom?”, Perspectives on the Song of Songs, ed. A. C. Hagedorn, BZAW 346, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005, pp. 8-26.
  • “Wisdom”, Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies, eds. J. W. Rogerson and J. M. Lieu, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 409-419.
  • ‘God. Creation and the contribution of wisdom,’ The God of Israel, ed. R P Gordon, Cambridge: CUP, 2007, pp 60-72.
  • ‘Job: Sceptics, Philosophers and Tragedians’, Das Buch hiob und seine Interpretationen: Beiträge zum Hiob-Symposium auf dem Monte Verita vom 14-19 August, 2005, AThANT 88, Zurich: Theologischer Verlag, 2007, pp 1-19.
  • ‘Reviewing Recent Research on the Wisdom Literature‘, Expository Times 119/6 (2008) pp. 261-269.
  • “Recent Books in Old Testament Studies”, Reviews in Religion and Theology, (1997) Vol. 2, pp. 76-80.
  • ‘Scribes, Sages and Seers in the First Temple’, Scribes, Sages and Seers: The Sage in the Eastern Mediterranean World, ed. L. G. Perdue, FRLANT 209, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008, pp 125-144.
  • ‘The Cycle of Life in Ecclesiastes’, Vetus Testamentum 59 (2009), pp 181-189.
  • ‘Job’ in Theological Bible Commentary, eds. Gail R. O’Day and David L. Petersen, Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009, pp. 167-176.
  • ‘Proverbs 1-9: Issues of social and theological context’, Interpretation, 63/3 (2009), pp 229-240. ‘Proverbs’ in The New Oxford Annotated Bible ( 4 th Edition), M. D. Coogan (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, pp 895-934.
  • ‘The suffering servant: Jeremiah revisited’, Genesis, Isaiah and Psalms: A Festschrift to honour John Emerton for his eightieth birthday, eds. K J Dell, G I Davies and Y V Koh, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010, pp 119-134.
  • ‘Solomon’s wisdom and the Egyptian connection’ for The Centre and the Periphery: Festschrift for W. Brueggemann, ed D. Clines and J. Middlemas, Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2010, pp 21-36.
  • ‘The Significance of the Wisdom Tradition in the Ecological Debate’ in Ecological Hermeneutics: Biblical, Historical and Theological Perspectives eds. D. Horrell, C Hunt, C Southgate & F. Stavrokopoulou, London : T & T Clark International, 2010, pp. 56-69.
  • ‘Old Testament theology in ecological focus’ for Wisdom and Creation: Festschrift for J A Loader, 2010, pp 1-17.
  • ‘Ecclesiastes’, New Interpreters’ Bible, One Volume Commentary (NIBOVC), Nashville TN: Abingdon Press, 2010, pp. 368-374.

    ‘Does God behave unethically in the book of Job?’, Ethical and Unethical in the Old Testament: God and humans in dialogue, ed. K. J. Dell, LHBOTS 528, London: T & T Clark International, 2010, pp. 170-186.

    ‘Solomon’s wisdom and the Egyptian connection’ in The Centre and the Periphery: Festschrift for W. Brueggemann, eds D. J. A. Clines, J. Middlemas and E. Holt, Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2010, pp. 21-36.

    ‘Amos and the earthquake: judgement as natural disaster’ in Aspects of Amos, eds. A. Mein and A. Hagedorn, LHBOTS 536, London: T & T Clark International, 2011, pp. 1-13.

    ‘Psalms’ in The Oxford Handbook to the Reception History of the Bible, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 37-51.

    ‘Hosea, creation and wisdom: an alternative tradition’ in On Stone and Scroll, Essays in honour of Graham Ivor Davies, eds. J. K. Aitken, K. J. Dell, and B. A. Mastin, BZAW 420, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2011, pp. 409-424.

    ‘Incongruity in I Samuel 9-15:  a methodological survey’ in Studies on the Texts and Versions of the Hebrew Bible in honour of Robert Gordon, eds G. Khan and D. Lipton, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011, pp. 49-64.

    ‘Proverbs’ for Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Bible, 2 vols, ed. M. Coogan, Oxford and New York: OUP, 2011, pp 183-192.

     ‘”Cursed be the day I was born”’: Job and Jeremiah revisited’ in Reading Job Intertextually, eds. Katharine Dell and Will Kynes, LHBOTS 574. London: Bloomsbury, 2012, 106-117.

    ‘The Interpretation of Proverbs in the nineteenth century’ for Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: The History of its Interpretation 3, ed. M. Saebo, Berlin: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012, 603-624.

    “The Bible and Music: hearing Elijah through the oratorio tradition’ in Biblical Interpretation and Method:  Essays in honour of Professor John Barton, Oxford: OUP, 2013, 285-296.

    ‘The Book of Job in 19th century British oratorio’ in Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J. A. Clines, eds. J. K. Aitken, Jeremy M. S. Clines and Christl M. Maier, Atlanta: SBL, 2013, pp 415-429.

     ‘Biblical texts in new contexts: The Book of Job in the English choral tradition’ in Leshon Limmudim: Essays on the language and literature of the Hebrew Bible in Honour of A. A. Macintosh, eds. David A. Baer and Robert P. Gordon, LHBOTS 593, London: Bloomsbury, 2014, 204-217.

  • ‘A Time to Dance:  Music, the Bible and the Book of Ecclesiastes’, Expository Times 126/3 (Dec 2014), pp 114-121.

    ‘Deciding the Boundaries of Wisdom: Applying the Concept of Family Resemblance’ in Was there a Wisdom Tradition?: New Prospects in Israelite Wisdom Studies, ed. Mark R. Sneed, Ancient Israel and its Literature, Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015, pp 145-160.

    ‘Wisdom Literature’ for Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Theology, Oxford and New York: OUP, 2015, pp 427-432.

    ‘Jeremiah, Creation and Wisdom’ in Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom, ed. John Jarick, LHBOTS 618, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015, pp 375-390.

    ‘Janus Sayings: A Linking Device in Qoheleth’s Discourse’, with Tova Forti, ZAW 128/1 (2016) pp.

    ‘Ecclesiastes as Mainstream Wisdom (without Job)’ in Goochem in Mokum: Papers on Biblical and Related Wisdom Read at the Fifteenth Joint Meeting of The Society of Old Testament Study and the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap, Amsterdam July 2012, eds. George J. Brooke and Pierre Van Hecke, Oudtestamentische Stüdien (OTS) 68, Leiden:Brill, 2016, pp. 43-52.

    ‘Oratorio’ in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts, ed. Timothy Beal, Oxford: OUP, 2016, pp.

     

In Press

  • Dispelling New Atheist delusions: the enduring appeal of the Old Testament, London: SPCK, 2016.

  • ‘Reading Ecclesiastes with the scholars’ in Exploring Old Testament Wisdom, eds. David Firth and Lindsay Wilson, London: SPCK/IVP, 2016, pp

    ‘Job’ for The History of Evil in Antiquity, Vol 1, T. Angier (ed), Acumen Press, 2016.

     ‘Proverbs’ for  Dictionary of Ancient and Biblical Media, T. Thatcher, C. Keith, R. Person, E. Stern (eds.), Bloomsbury: T & T Clark, 2016.

    ‘Job’ for SOTS Wikipaedia, 2016.

    ‘The laughter of fools’ for The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom matters in the modern world, Special issue for electronic journal Religions (co-editor of Special issue, with Arthur Keefer), 2016.

  • ‘The Book of Job and 20th century British oratorio’ in "When the Morning Stars Sang".  S. Jones and C. Yoder (eds), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016.
  • ‘Job’ for Handbook on the Writings of the Hebrew Bible, ed. D. Morgan, Oxford: OUP, 2016.

    “A Snapshot of SOTS at 100: Collegiality and Diversity in the Membership of the Society for Old Testament Study, for 100 years of SOTS, LHBOTS, ed. John Jarick, London: Bloomsbury, 2017

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