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Faculty of Divinity


Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) Research Seminar

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.



Lent Term 2021

Theme:  The Psalms


All sessions will be via zoom.  Papers will be circulated beforehand for participants to read.  The formal part of the seminar will be 2.30-3.30 but then the plan is for informal questions, discussion and chat until 4pm.


Wednesday 27th January

“A Closer Look at the Connection between Psalm 45 and the Song of Songs”

Dr Gavin Fernandez (PhD, University of Nottingham)


Wednesday 10th February

“Psalmic Sapientia: A Dialogical Approach”

Professor William Brown (Columbia Theological Seminary)


Wednesday 24th February

“The two ‘Solomon’ psalms:  Psalm 72 and 127 in the light of the Solomonic attribution”

Dr Katharine Dell

Wednesday 10th March

“"Das schöne Confitemini": Engaging with Erich Zenger's Reading of Psalm 118 from a Jewish and Christian Reception History Perspective”

Professor Susan Gillingham (University of Oxford)