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Hebrew Bible (OT) Senior 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.


       Old Testament Research Seminar         

Easter Term 2020


We will be holding two online sessions of the Old Testament Seminar this term.  Whilst there will be no 'actual' Old Testament Seminar, nor indeed the Tyrwhitt Lecture that had been scheduled for this term too (with Hugh Williamson as the speaker), we hope you will be able to participate in these online sessions, both at 4pm (as both speakers are in the USA):


Wednesday 13th May, “The Shape and Shaping of Isaiah in Conversation with the Psalter"

Professor Andrew Abernethy (Wheaton College, Illinois)


Wednesday 27th May, "Original and Archetype in Closed and Open Books"

Professor Ron Hendel (University of California, Berkeley)


Both papers will be distributed via email beforehand.  The format will be a 20 minute presentation by the speaker followed by discussion. 

Contact details for the zoom session will follow nearer the time.


  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 Aitken



Katharine, Nathan and Jim