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Old Testament Senior Seminar overview

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.



Michaelmas Term 2019

The seminars will be held in the Faculty of Divinity

on alternate Wednesdays at 2.30 pm (except 30 October which will commence at 2.15pm)

 in the Runcie Room

followed by Tea in the Common Room upstairs.




16 Oct             Eric Jarrard (Cambridge, MA), ‘Statutory History: Legal Precedent and the Exodus Pattern in Ezekiel 20’


30 Oct             (2:15 pm start) Tim Twining (Cambridge), ‘Benedict de Spinoza or Richard Simon? Rethinking the history of early modern biblical criticism’


13 Nov           Matthieu Richelle (Vaux-sur-Seine), ‘A history of the Paleo-Hebrew script’


4 Dec              Loren Stuckenbruck (Munich), Tyrwhitt Lecture: Recent Developments in Text-Critical Work on the Ge'ez Book of Enoch







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 Nathan MacDonald on