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Hebrew, Jewish, Early Christian Studies Seminar overview

Hebrew, Jewish, Early Christian Studies Seminar

This seminar meets on Mondays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room. The convenors are Professor Nicholas de Lange, Professor William Horbury, and Dr James Carleton Paget

Papers at the seminar range over Hebrew and Jewish studies, on topics from the Greek and Roman periods onwards, and Roman-period Christianity in its Jewish setting.

Foci of interest from time to time have included:

  • Philo and Josephus
  • Jewish inscriptions and papyri
  • rabbinic texts
  • Jewish biblical interpretation
  • Greek-speaking Judaism from ancient to modern times
  • Hebrew, Greek and Latin as Jewish languages
  • Jewish aspects of New Testament and patristic writings
  • Jews and Christians in the Roman empire
  • Roman Judaea
  • mediaeval Jewish-Christian relations
  • Hebrew in the church
  • Jewish and Christian prayer and hymnody
  • the history of the synagogue
  • early modern reaction to Jewish mysticism, and
  • Byzantine Hebrew literature


Michaelmas 2016 Programme:

The seminar meets on Mondays at 2.15 pm.

  • 10th October – ‘Discussion of Steve Mason, The Jewish War,’ Dr James Carleton Paget, Prof William Horbury
  • 7th November – ‘Palestinian Place Names in the Gospels, Josephus and Rabbinic Literature,’ Dr Simon Gathercole
  • 21st November Discourse and Destruction: Textual Evidence for the Conversion of Synagogues in Late Antiquity,’ Simon Ford (Oxford)