The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament subject area focuses on the texts and traditions of the Hebrew Bible, history of interpretation, text criticism and current methods and approaches to the study of the Hebrew Bible in conversation with the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
In addition to the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the subject area has strengths in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha as well as the Septuagint and the Peshitta. Scholars in Biblical Studies work closely with colleagues in the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Faculties of Oriental Studies and Classics.
See the main subject area research seminar:
- Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Seminar (Professor Najman, Monday 2:30–4:00pm, see schedule for variations)
as well as weekly seminars on:
- Early Biblical Interpretation (Professor Najman, Thursday 10:00–12:00am)
- Ethical Reading, in Hilary Term (Professor Güthenke, Professor Najman, and Professor Reinhardt, Wednesday 5:00–6:30pm)
- Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period (Professor Goodman, Tuesday 2:15–3:45pm)
The subject area also organises a Biblical Hebrew reading group which provides students and scholars of all levels with an opportunity to practice their Hebrew in an informal setting. For the schedule see:
The group also maintain a Twitter feed (@hbot4ox), and a Facebook page.