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Old Testament Senior Seminar overview

Old Testament Senior Seminar

This Seminar is chaired on a termly basis by Dr Katharine DellDr James Aitken, and Dr Nathan MacDonald.

It hosts papers from both invited visitors and Cambridge scholars on the broad theme of the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, as well as the historical and archaeological contexts, Hebrew language, reception of the Bible, and some second temple topics.

It is the main gathering for graduate students, scholars and visiting scholars in the University interested in the field of Old Testament studies.

Visitors are welcome to attend, and are invited to contact one of the chairs in advance to introduce themselves. Suggestions of possible speakers or topics may also be made to the chairs.

Related seminars are also hosted by the Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies.


Lent Term 2018 Programme:


  • 24th January - "Disappearing Jews: The Peripheralization of Judaism by Ancient Historians in 19th-Century Germany" Dr Paul Kurtz (Cambridge)
  • 7th February - "Quick quips and endless enigmas: The double dynamic of Proverbs 10-29" Ms Suzanna Millar (Leeds)
  • 21st February - "Reassessing Rizpah:  Gibeonite blood and Saulide bones in 2 Sam 21:1-14" Dr David Shepherd (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • 7th March - TYRWHITT LECTURE -"Theology of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: Jewish and Christian Approaches" Professor John Barton (Oxford)