skip to content

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, 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.






Easter Term 2023

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays  in the Faculty of Divinity 

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

 Convenor: Professor Nathan MacDonald


3 May - Runcie Room. 

David Shepherd, Trinity College Dublin, 

‘There Will Be Blood: David, Amnon, Tamar, and the "Innocence" of Absalom’


17 May - Runcie Room.  

Danilo Verde, KU Leuven, 

‘Do not Leave Me in the Day of Distress' (Sir 51:10): The Use of Formulaic Language in Classical Hebrew, with a Special Focus on the Book of Sirach’


7 June - Lightfoot Room.

  Ron Hendel, UC Berkeley,

 ‘Open and Closed books in the Hebrew Bible (and Related Literature)’ 


All warmly welcome