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Dr Hilary Marlow

Dr Hilary Marlow

Director of Studies, Girton College

Graduate Tutor, Girton College

Bible and environment

Interfaith dialogue

Scriptural Reasoning

Hilary Marlow is accepting applications for PhD students.

Office Phone: 01223 338943


Hilary Marlow is Fellow, Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies at Girton College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity. She teaches Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew to students in the Faculty of Divinity and in other contexts.

Hilary’s research focuses on reading religious Scriptures in the context of modern society, with two main emphases: interfaith dialogue and ecological hermeneutics. A recently completed research project, ‘Science and Scripture in Christianity and Islam’, investigated how Christian and Muslim scientists from different contexts relate their Scriptures and traditions to the scientific worlds in which they operate.Outputs from this project will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Quranic Studies in early 2020. Her other research focus is the depiction of the interaction between people and the natural world in the Hebrew Bible. This includes textual studies on the portrayal of nature, analysis of creation texts and their interpretation in later Jewish and Christian traditions, and work on ecological hermeneutics and the use of the Bible in environmental ethics. She is editor of

Hilary has honours degrees in Social Sciences (University of Manchester) and Biblical Studies (King’s College London), and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2007) that examines Old Testament prophets in the light of contemporary environmental ethics. Before joining the Faraday Institute in January 2013, she was a Research Associate for the Scriptural Reasoning Online project at Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. Prior to this she taught Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in the Faculty of Divinity and was Research Associate in Theology and Science at the Faraday Institute. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Grove Books Biblical Series, a member of the Steering Group for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Ecological Hermeneutics Programme Unit and on the editorial board of the Earth Bible Commentary Series.

For many years Hilary has been actively involved in the Christian conservation charity A Rocha and is currently a Trustee of A Rocha UK. She is also a Director of the John Ray Initiative. She regularly speaks on her environmental research to lay and specialist audiences.

Subject area and speciality

Old Testament specialists:
  • The natural world in the Old Testament.
  • Ecological hermeneutics and environmental ethics
  • Old Testament prophetic texts
  • Creation texts and their interpretation in later Jewish and Christian writings

Research Interests

  • The Hebrew Bible’s portrayal of relationship between human beings and the natural world;
  • Religious motivations for environmental concern and the use of the Bible in environmental ethics;
  • Eschatology in the biblical world and beyond;
  • The theory and practice of Scriptural Reasoning as a tool for inter-faith dialogue.

Other Professional Activities


  • Editor (with Dr Helen Van Noorden, Girton College and Prof Karla Pollmann, Reading University) of multi-disciplinary volume Eschatology in Antiquity (Routledge, forthcoming 2020).
  • Editor (with Dr Mark Harris, Edinburgh) of The Oxford Handbook of Bible and Ecology (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021). 

Key Publications

Academic Publications

  • Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World. Eds. Ailsa Hunt and Hilary Marlow (Bloomsbury, 2018)
  • "The Anguish of the Earth: Ecology and Warfare in the First World War and the Bible" in Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World. Eds. Ailsa Hunt and Hilary Marlow (Bloomsbury, 2018)
  • The City in the Hebrew Bible. Eds. James Aitken and Hilary Marlow (London: Bloomsbury -T & T Clark: 2018)
  • "A Land of Fine Large Cities: Mapping the Landscapes of Deuteronomy" in The City in the Hebrew Bible. Eds. James Aitken and Hilary Marlow (London: Bloomsbury -T & T Clark: 2018)
  • “The Human Condition” in The Old Testament: A Princeton Guide. Ed. John Barton (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016)
  • What am I in a Boundless Creation?’ An Ecological Reading of Sirach 16 & 17” (Biblical Interpretation 22 (2014) pp. 34-50)
  • “The Hills are Alive: The Personification of Nature in the Psalter” in Leshon Limmudim: Essays on the Language and Literature of the Hebrew Bible in honour of A.A. Macintosh. Eds. David Baer and Robert Gordon (London: T & T Clark, 2013)
  • “Law and the Ruining of the Land: Deuteronomy and Jeremiah in Dialogue” (Political Theology 14 (2013) pp. 650-660)
  • “Ecology, Theology, Society: Physical, Religious and Social Disjuncture in Biblical and Neo-Assyrian Prophetic Texts” in “Thus Speaks Ishtar of Arbela”: Prophecy in Israel, Assyria and Egypt in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Eds. Robert P. Gordon and Hans M. Barstad, (Winona Lake: Eisenbraun, 2013)
  • “Creation Theology” and “Land” in  Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. Eds Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012)
  •  “Creation Themes in Job and Amos: An Intertextual Relationship?” in Reading Job Intertextually. Eds. Katharine Dell and William Kynes (London: T & T Clark, 2012)
  •  “Justice for Whom? Social and Environmental Ethics and the Hebrew Prophets” in Ethical and Unethical Behaviour in the Old Testament. Ed. Katharine Dell (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2010)
  • Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics: Re-Reading Amos, Hosea and First Isaiah. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  •  “The Other Prophet! The Voice of the Earth in the Book of Amos” in Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics. Eds. Norman Habel and Peter Trudinger, (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008).
  • “The Lament over the River Nile – a Study of Isaiah 19:5-10” (Vetus Testamentum 57 (2007) pp. 229-242).

Other Publications

  • Becoming Truly Human: Biblical Perspectives on Humanity (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2017)
  • “The Environment” in Votewise Now!. Ed. Rose Lynas (London: SPCK, 2009)
  • “Justice for All the Earth: Society, Ecology and the Biblical Prophets” in Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability. Ed. Robert White (London: SPCK, 2009)
  •  The Earth is the Lord’s: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2008)


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