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Old Testament Senior Seminar overview

Old Testament Senior 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 2018


The seminars will be held in the Faculty of Divinity

on Wednesdays at 2.30 pm in the Runcie Room



October 10


Dr Ken Brown (Universität Mainz),

Rewriting Israel’s Pre-History as History: The Reception of the Water from the Rock



October  24


Mr Reed Carlson (Harvard University),

A Spirit Possession Ritual at En-Dor: Interpreting 1 Samuel 28 Using Anthropological Models



November 14


Dr Anja Klein (Edinburgh University), The Hebrew verb גלה and Sexual Violence as an Image of Exile in Ezekiel 16 and 23



November 28


Professor Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham University), Priestly Authority in Ezra-Nehemiah and the Dead Sea Scrolls



    All Welcome


Tea will be served at 4pm