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Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) Research Seminar and the Miqra Society

This Seminar is chaired on a termly basis by Professor Katharine Dell, Professor James Aitken, and Professor 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.



Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) Seminar for Lent Term, 2022


Meetings will be held in the Faculty of Divinity,  Runcie Room   

Wednesdays at 2:30 pm; for the link to papers contact 


26 January 

Dr Alison Gray (Cambridge) “Let's Talk about Teaching! A Seminar on Pedagogy for Biblical Hebrew” 

(3 articles to be circulated in advance – contact


9 February  

Hans Decker (Oxford) 

“Telling ‘Good’ Stories: Understanding Proverbial Ethics through Narrative” 


Elizabeth Stell (Oxford) 

“Fear and the Disquieting Edges of Dream in the Exagoge of Ezekiel and Beyond” 


23 February 

Professor Geoffrey Khan, Dr Ben Kantor, Dr Ambjörn Sjörs Dr Christian Locatell (FAMES, Cambridge) 

“A New Reference Grammar of Biblical Hebrew” 


9 March 2022 

Tyrwhitt Lecture: 

Professor  Hugh Williamson (Oxford)“Righteousness in the Book  of Isaiah” 




Professor James K Aitken