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The Miqra Society (formerly the HB/OT Graduate Seminar) is a dedicated forum for graduate students whose research falls within the field of HB/OT studies to share their research with each other, the senior HB/OT scholarly community, as well as the wider Faculty. The word מקרא (miqra) may refer to either the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) or an assembly, and on both counts it captures well the spirit of the Society.

The group meets several times each term on weeks alternate to the Senior OT/HB Seminar to discuss papers presented primarily by graduate students, but also by invited senior faculty. Our seminars are often used as a forum for discussing one's ongoing doctoral or magisterial research, as an opportunity to present a paper before a conference, and indeed as a testing ground for new ideas. It is a great opportunity to interact with each other's research, explore new ideas, and build relationships.

The Society exists primarily for the benefit of graduate students whose research focuses on the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic Jewish literature, and related areas; however, all colleagues, from within and outside the Faculty, are always warmly welcome.

Please note that all our events are currently taking place online. For further information and Zoom links, please contact Sophia Johnson (srcj2) or Tyler Horton (tah53).



October 21 (14:30) - New PhD Student Presentations

Yanjing (Tara) Qu

Andrew Keenan


November 4 (14:30) - New PhD Student Presentations

Robert Walker


November 18 (14:00) - Pre-SBL Event w/NT Graduate Society

(please note the change in time from our usual events)

Ahreum Kim (NT) - "The Necessity of Nike, the Victory Goddess"

Sophia Johnson (OT) - "Covenant and Kingship: Reconsidering the Oath of David and Jonathan"

Dead Sea Scrolls Reading Group (between Michelmas and Lent Terms)
Led by Jeremy Penner, Wednesdays at 14:30 on Zoom

December 9: Community Rule Texts 1QS, 1QSa (1Q28a)

December 16: Liturgical Texts: 1Ha, 11Psa (Apocryphal Psalms XXII, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII)

January 6: Eschatological Texts: 4Q521, 1QM (War Scroll)

January 13: Biblical interpretation: Pesher Habakkuk (1QpHab); Genesis Apocryphon (1Q20)

January 20: Biblical Interpretation II: Aramaic Levi Document, Prayer of Nabonidus (4Q242), The Book of Noah (1Q19, 4Q534-536, 6Q8, 19)


Current students and supervisors can access the Faculty’s Moodle page by clicking on the image below.