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Faculty of Divinity


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) Research Seminar for EasterTerm, 2022


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

Wednesdays at 2:30 pm.


4 May  Saul Olyan (Brown University). 'Animals as Covenant Partners in Genesis 9:8-17 and Hosea 2:20 (Eng. 2:18).’


18 May Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme (Oslo University). 'The Fragrant Sanctuary: Divine Presence and the Hebrew Bible’s Olfactory Cultic Theology’



Professor Nathan MacDonald