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Hebrew Bible (OT) Research Seminar

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.



Michaelmas Term 2020

Meetings will be held online via Zoom at 2:30pm

Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) Seminar

Joint with the University of Oxford

Conveners: Dr James Aitken (Cambridge) and Prof Hindy Najman (Oxford)


Theme: New Monographs in Biblical Studies

A chapter from a recent book will be provided in advance (through a Dropbox link). This link along with the Zoom links will be provided to those who contact Dr Aitken ( Only Cambridge and Oxford people.


The authors will present for 30 minutes

Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance to the conveners. Graduates and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to participate.


Wednesday October 14

Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge) - The Tiberian Pronunciation Tradition of Biblical Hebrew

Monday October 19 (joint with HJEC seminar)

Molly Zahn (University of Kansas) - Genres of Rewriting in Second Temple Judaism: Scribal Composition and Transmission

Wednesday October 28

Carol Newsom (Emory University) - The Spirit within Me: Self and Agency in Ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism

Monday November 2

Laura Carlson (Indiana University, Bloomington) - Archival Historiography in Jewish Antiquity

Wednesday November 11

Ed Greenstein (Bar-Ilan University) - Job: A New Translation 

Monday November 23 (joint with HJEC seminar)

Aaron Koller (Yeshiva University) - Unbinding Isaac: The Significance of the Akedah for Modern Jewish Thought

Wednesday December 2 (Postponed until the afternoon of February 8th 2021)

Arjen Bakker (University of Groningen) - The Secret of Time: Reconfiguring Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls


All colleagues, MPhil and PhD students in Old Testament or other areas (such as Classics, History and Philosophy), from within and outside the Faculty, are warmly welcome.  If you need further information, please contact Dr James K. Aitken