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Faculty of Divinity


Hebrew, Jewish and Early Christian Studies Research Seminar

This seminar meets on Mondays at 2.30pm. The convenors are Professor Nicholas de Lange, Professor William Horbury, Professor James Aitken and Professor James Carleton Paget

Papers at the seminar range over Hebrew and Jewish studies, on topics from the Greek and Roman periods onwards, and Roman-period Christianity in its Jewish setting. Foci of interest from time to time have included:

Philo and Josephus; Jewish inscriptions and papyri; rabbinic texts; Jewish biblical interpretation; Greek-speaking Judaism from ancient to modern times; Hebrew, Greek and Latin as Jewish languages; Jewish aspects of New Testament and patristic writings; Jews and Christians in the Roman empire; Roman Judaea; mediaeval Jewish-Christian relations; Hebrew in the church[ Jewish and Christian prayer and hymnody; the history of the synagogue; early modern reaction to Jewish mysticism, and Byzantine Hebrew literature.

Lent Term 2021 Programme:



Lent Term 2021


Monday February 8th.
2:30 pm (jointly with Oxford seminar)
Arjen Bakker (University of Groningen) - 'The Secret of Time: Reconfiguring Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls'

Monday March 1st,


Marc Michaels (Cambridge) 

“Sefer Tagin: The Strange and Ornamented Hebrew Letters in a Torah Scroll” 


Zoom details from Professor Aitken (


All colleagues, MPhil and PhD students in HJEC or other areas (such as Classics, History and Philosophy), from within and outside the faculty, are warmly welcome.