This subject area incorporates the study and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, Hebrew language, text and versions, as well as the study of ancient Judaism of the Greek and Roman periods.
The Hebrew Bible in Cambridge
Particular strengths in Cambridge include the study of Wisdom literature, biblical theology and reception history (Dr Dell), the Pentateuch, Prophets and priesthood (Dr MacDonald), and the Septuagint, lexicography and Second Temple Judaism (Dr Aitken). See the full list of our Old Testament specialists, including teaching staff, researchers, affiliated lecturers, and postgraduate students.
In Cambridge there is a very wide pool of Hebrew specialists. We work closely with colleagues in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and with those in the The Cairo Genizah Unit, forming one of the largest collaboration of specialists in Hebrew studies in the country. See the Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies.
News and Activities
We hold regular research seminars and a series of special lectures throughout the year. To receive news and updates on the seminars and special lectures in Biblical and Jewish Studies, join our mailing list.
Other recent activities include:
- Conference on the origins of evil (2014)
- Conference on the Hebrew Manuscripts of Ben Sira (2016)
- Artefacts of Ancient Judaism: An educational site using manuscripts from Cambridge
We welcome enquiries from those interested in studying for further research with us. To assist you in preparing such an application, we offer advice on selecting and approaching a PhD potential supervisor.