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Old Testament subject area overview

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 and Greek Bible in Cambridge

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). 

We currently have two research fellows in the field as well: Dr Paul Kurtz and Dr Marieke Dhont.

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, forming one of the largest units of specialists in Hebrew studies in the country. We work closely with colleagues in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and with those in The Cairo Genizah Unit. 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:

Postgraduate Studies

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.

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