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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.






Lent Term 2023

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays  in the Faculty of Divinity 

Runcie Room at 2:30 pm followed by tea at 4pm.   

 Convenor: Professor Nathan MacDonald


Jan 25 – Aaron Koller, “Deborah’s Battle in Poetry and Prose: Empirical Models and Textual Implications”


Feb 8 – Yvonne Sherwood, “Figures of the Bible and the Book in Colonial Contexts” (Tyrwhitt Lecture)


Feb 22 – Hila Dayfani, “Torah in Second Temple Judaism: A Reappraisal of the Transmission Process of Pentateuchal Texts”


Mar 8 – Josef Forsling, “Purity and Holiness between Disgust and Delight in the Book of Numbers”