We will continue to update our programmes online with reschedulings and cancellations due to Covid19.
Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford
Throughout the academic year the Centre hosts numerous research seminars, an essential component of all postgraduate training at Oxford.
The Centre seminars provide opportunities for students to broaden their theoretical horizons, to undergo training as young scholars, and to form international networks.
Every term, the Centre supports seminars in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Early Biblical Interpretation. In Hilary Term of each year, the Centre co-convenes an interdisciplinary seminar on Ethical Reading with the Faculty of Classics and the Corpus Christi Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity.
Seminars for the 2019-20 Academic Year
Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Seminar (Michaelmas, Hilary, Trinity)
Monday, 14.30-16.00 in the Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College.
This seminar, co-sponsored by the Faculty of Theology and Religion, is the flagship seminar of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament subject area in Oxford. The seminar covers all areas of the field with particular attention to innovative research, interdisciplinarity, philological study, and methodological reflection. Presenters include leading researchers in Oxford, collaborators from other UK universities, and major international scholars. Some terms are themed and focus on particular topics.
Biblical Hebrew Reading Group
Monday, 11.30-12.30 in the Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College.
The reading group is lead by speakers of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Seminar. This is an opportunity to read a biblical text under the guidance of great international scholars. We focus on reading, translation, grammar and the content of the texts. We read in a friendy and informal atmosphere. Participants range from absolute beginners to senior scholars.
Early Biblical Interpretation Seminar (Michaelmas, Hilary, Trinity)
Thursday, 10.00-12.00 in the Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College.
The Early Biblical Interpretation seminar is focused on the study of texts and considers the vitality of biblical texts, traditions, and themes across the ancient world. In this seminar, one might hear research on the theme of wisdom in Greek tragedy, prayer in the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical and classical commentaries, or rabbinic reading strategies. The Bodleian’s incredible collection of Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, and Greek manuscripts are an integral part of this seminar and we regularly organise group visits to the Weston Library.
Ethical Reading Seminar (Hilary)
Wednesday, 17.00-18.30 in Corpus Christi College
This seminar brings biblical scholars and classicists together to explore shared literary themes, research methods, and reading practices across disciplines. In Hilary Term 2018, this seminar focused on ‘Philological Reflections’, examining the ways individuals and communities read, write, and interpret texts. Presentations considered the nature of philology through the lenses of innocence, translation, midrash, and canon, among many others. In Hilary Term 2019, Ethical Reading will take up the theme of ‘Exemplarity’ in biblical and classical texts, concluding with a workshop on this theme on 11–12 March 2019.