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

This Seminar is chaired on a termly basis by Professor Katharine Dell, 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 2024

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

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

 Convenor: Professor Nathan MacDonald


Wednesday 24th January: Dylan Johnson (Cardiff), ‘Divine and Royal Lawgivers in the Ancient Near East: Constructing a Functional Ontology of Kingship’


Wednesday 7th February: Julia Rhyder (Harvard), ‘The Ark and Ritual Practice in Jerusalem: A Critical Reappraisal’


Wednesday 21st February:  Johanna Stiebert (Leeds), ‘On Co-production, Impact, Activism, Researching Marriage and the Bible’


Wednesday 6th March: Jeremy Hutton (Wisconsin-Madison), ‘Of Prophets, Prepositions, and Passing Water: Dialectal Evidence for the Northern Heritage of Samuel–Kings’ (Tyrwhitt Lecture)




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