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

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.



EasterTerm 2021

Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) Seminar and the Miqra Society

Conveners: Dr James Aitken, Sophia Johnson, and Tyler Horton


Theme: Material Culture


The seminars will be held by Zoom. Links will be circulated nearer the time.

Wednesdays, 2:30pm



May 5

“Judean Pillar Figurines in the Reconstruction of Israelite Religion: Conclusions, Considerations, and Constraints”

Professor Erin Darby (University of Tennessee)


May 19

“More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee”

Professor Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 


June 2

“Seal Impressions on Clay in the Iron Age Southern Levant: Technology, Provenance, and Authenticity”

Professor Yuval Goren (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)