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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.



Lent Term 2020


The seminars will be held in the Faculty of Divinity

on alternate Wednesdays at 2.30 pm

 in the Runcie Room

followed by Tea in the Common Room upstairs.




22 January – Professor Noam Mizrahi (Tel Aviv/Cambridge)

“Rewriting Prophecy, Restructuring Poetry: Zechariah Reads Jeremiah”


5 FebruaryProfessor Andrew Perrin (Trinity Western, Canada)

“The Authority of the Figure of Daniel and Architecture of Daniel Traditions in the Hebrew Bible and Qumran.”


19 February – Professor Diana Matut (Halle-Wittenberg/Oxford)

“Of Esther, Mordecai and the Purim Players. Music, Singing, and Performing Purim in Yiddish, 1500-1750”


Tuesday 25 February (Additional event): Professor David Carr, “The First Primeval Histories and the Formation of the Book of Genesis,” at 4.30pm on Tuesday 25 February. Room TBC.


4 March –Dr Barry Hartog (PThU, Groningen/Münster)

“Paraphrasing Homer and the Bible in the Hellenistic-Roman Period”



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