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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 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room. The convenors are Professor Nicholas de Lange, Professor William Horbury, 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

Lent Term 2019 Programme:


Meetings take place in the Lightfoot Room, Faculty of Divinity, at 2.15 p.m., unless otherwise noted.


Monday 4th February

'On reading Toledot Yeshu in Context'

Dr Daniel Barbu (CNRS, Paris)

Monday 18th February

'Pauline Transformation of Jewish Concepts and Themes'

Professor Menahem Kister (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Date to be arranged

'Before rabbinic Judaism arrived ...'

Prof. Johannes Heil (Heidelberg)



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






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