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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, 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 2024

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

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

Wednesday 1st May

“Ancient Israel and the Emergence of the Bounded Nation State”.

Nathan MacDonald (Cambridge).


Wednesday 15th May

“Aloneness in the Psalms – a survey of Book I” (Bring your own Bible).

Philip Johnston (Cambridge).


Wednesday 29th May 

“The Torah in the Greek World: Tragedy, Rhetoric, and Philosophy in the Wilderness Narrative”.

Angela Erisman (Cincinnati).

                                                  All warmly welcome