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Hebrew, Jewish, Early Christian Studies Seminar overview

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, Dr James Aitken and Dr 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.

Michaelmas Term 2019 Programme:



Michaelmas Term 2020

For the Zoom link and access to pre-circulated papers, please contact Dr James Aitken.


Monday 19th October (joint with Hebrew Bible Seminar) -

Molly Zahn (University of Kansas) - 'Genres of Rewriting in Second Temple Judaism: Scribal Composition and Transmission'


Monday 23rd November (joint with Hebrew Bible Seminar) - 

Aaron Koller (Yeshiva University) - 'Unbinding Isaac: The Significance of the Akedah for Modern Jewish Thought'


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. If you need further information, please contact Dr James Carleton Paget                                    

 J.N.C.P., N. de L., W.H., J.K.A.