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The Miqra Society

The Miqra Society (formerly the OT/HB Graduate Seminar) is a dedicated forum for graduate students whose research falls within the field of Old Testament studies to share their research with the OT/HB scholarly community, as well as the wider Faculty. The word מקרא (miqra) may refer to either the Tanakh (the Old Testament) 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. It is a great opportunity to interact with each other's research, explore new ideas, and build relationships.


Date: 14 February 4.30pm

Place: Faculty of Divinity, Lightfoot Room

Speaker: Rosalie Moloney is a 3rd Year PhD student here at Cambridge working on "Putting Tamar in her Place."

Paper: Rosalie will be presenting a paper entitled "Tamar: Agent of God?"


CANCELLED - Date: 28 February 4.30pm

Place: Faculty of Divinity, Room 7

Speaker: Dr Paul Michael Kurtz is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Queens' College, as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders, based at Ghent University. Paul's larger work is on German intellectual history, historiography, and the history of knowledge, with more disciplinarily-concrete agenda in the history of interpretation and the history of biblical, oriental, and theological scholarship in late modern Europe.

Paper: Paul will be speaking about his current research project on political representations of ancient Judaism in the German-speaking lands of the 19th century against the background of discourse on the nation and national identity. In addition, Paul will share his wisdom for early-career academics by talking about his experiences as a doctoral and now postdoctoral researcher.


Date: 14 March 4.30pm

Place: Faculty of Divinity, Room 7

Speaker: Bruno Clifton is a Catholic priest and Dominican friar, as well as a PhD student at Cambridge. His research focuses particularly on social scientific approaches to the Bible.

Paper: Bruno will be presenting on "Family and Identity in the Book of Judges". This is also the title of Bruno's PhD dissertation.



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