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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.



Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Seminar


Michaelmas Term 2022


All sessions will take place in person in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, at 2.30pm followed by tea at 4pm.


Wednesday 12th October

“The social dynamics surrounding Yahwistic women’s supposed ritual deviance in Ezekiel 13:17-23”

Katherine Southwood (Oxford)


Wednesday 26th October

“Covenant in Conflict in Lamentations 3”

Manfred Hedley (Kings College, London)


Wednesday  9th November

“Qohelet's Jewish-Hellenistic Background Reconsidered”

Nili Samet (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)


Wednesday 30th November

"Before the Bad Days are Coming: Ecclesiastes and the Psychology of Time"

Samuel Hildebrandt (Nazarene Theological College, Manchester)




Convenor - Professor Katharine Dell  Katharine Dell,