skip to primary navigationskip to content

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.




Lent Term 2019


The seminars will be held in the Faculty of Divinity

on alternate Wednesdays at 2.30 pm in the Runcie Room

followed by Tea in the Common Room upstairs.




January 23                 Dr Catherine Quine (Nottingham), Casting Down the Host of Heaven: Ritual Failure and Biblical Rhetoric 



February 6                 Dr Megan Daffern (Jesus College, Oxford), Keeping company in the Psalms: ethics and exegesis 



February 20               Professor Timothy Lim (Edinburgh), How were the books of the Old Testament selected?



March 6                      Tyrwhitt Lecture:  Professor Loren Stuckenbruck (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Recent Developments in Text-   Critical Work on the Ge'ez Book of Enoch



There will be a Tyrwhitt dinner on the evening of March 6th to which all regular attenders of this Seminar are cordially invited.  Details to follow.





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 Katharine Dell,