Workshops and Conferences

The Centre workshops are constructed as broad interdisciplinary events that stimulate research and strengthen relationships among scholars and postgraduates from various institutions within Oxford, across the UK, and around the world.

Forthcoming Events 


Speaker's Lectures Series: Professor Konrad Schmid 

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Finalists' and Masters Students' Writers’ Workshop

April 26th and 27th, see poster for locations

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Massada Lectures: Professor Menahem Kister

May 10th - 5:15 p.m., Worcester College

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The Knapp Family Foundaiton Lecture for the Oriel College Centre for the Study of the Bible

Geoffrey Khan (Cambridge) - The Transmission of the Hebrew Bible from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

May 24th - 5:15 p.m., Mary Ogilvie Theatre, St Anne’s College

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Past Events


Reconceptualising  Monotheism: Concepts and Cultures in Ancient Israel

November 4, virtual event


Magical and Literary Enchantment in the Ancient World: The Poetic-Pragmatic Aspect of Ancient Magical Texts

21 October 2021, virtual event. 

Speakers: Daniel James Waller (Oxford), Daniel Schwemer (Würzburg), Richard Gordon (Erfurt), Siam Bhayro (Exeter), Dorota Molin (Oxford), Ortal-Paz Saar (Utrecht), Sarah Iles Johnston (Ohio). 



Speaker's Lectures Series​: Parting of the Ways, Adele Reinhartz (uOttawa)

October 26, 27 and 28, Oriel College.



Prophets, Priests and Promises: Reflections and Responses to Gary Knoppers' posthumously published volume. 

Tuesday 15 June 2021, Virtual

Speakers: Sarah Japhet (Hebrew University), Louis Jonker (South Africa), Steven McKensie (Tennessee), Hindy Najman (Oriel), Konrad Schmid (Zurich), Hugh Williamson (Oriental Studies).


What Does the Septuagint mean for the Wider Hellenistic World

Thursday 3 June 2021, Virtual

Co-organised by Martin Goodman (Oriental Studies) and Hindy Najman (Oriel). Co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of the Bible and the David Patterson Lectures.


Oxbridge Day 

Friday 30 April 2021, Virtual 


Created Male and Female: The Hebrew Bible, Gender and Sexuality 

Monday 26 April 2021, Virtual

Speakers: Deborah Rooke (Regent's Park), Ken Stone (Chicago), Janice De-Whyte (Loma Linda), Mercedes Garcia Bachmann (Buenos Aires), Rhiannon Graybill (Memphis), Sarah Nicholson (Glasgow), Brian Charles DiPalma (California). 

‘Created Male and Female’: Zooming in on Gender and Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible

On Monday 26 April, members of the Oxford Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Seminar were joined by participants from around the world for an online day conference entitled ‘Created Male and Female: Gender and Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible’, arranged by Seminar and Theology & Religion Faculty member Dr Deborah Rooke. With the support of Oriel College’s Centre for the Study of the Bible, and the help of Professor Hindy Najman in introducing the day and chairing the first of its three sessions, over two hundred participants registered and were hosted on Zoom for seven papers covering textual, methodological and thematic topics. The event was in anticipation of the Oxford Handbook of the Hebrew Bible, Gender and Sexuality, which Dr Rooke is currently editing, and Steve Wiggins, Commissioning Editor from OUP New York, dropped in at the beginning to commend the volume to conference participants. The day’s seven speakers, all contributors to the Handbook, were as international as the audience, and were deliberately invited to reflect a range of gender, ethnicity, experience and academic/social context. Alongside Deborah Rooke were Sarah Nicholson (Glasgow), Brian Charles DiPalma (Fresno, CA), Rhiannon Graybill (Memphis, TN), Janice De-Whyte (Loma Linda, CA), Mercedes Garcia Bachmann (Buenos Aires) and Ken Stone (Chicago). The questions that they considered ranged equally widely: What is masculinity and how does it appear in the Hebrew Bible? How does our understanding of the body affect how we read the biblical text, and vice versa? What kind of ‘men’ were priests, according to the Hebrew Bible? How might the experiences of sex workers in biblical times and in the contemporary world illuminate each other? What was the cultural significance of virginity in the world of those who wrote the biblical texts? What do the family relationships in the book of Judges convey about gender constructions and sexuality? And in the books of Samuel, what are the inherent power dynamics in the portrayal of women’s ritual agency and of male-male affection? The number and range of queries put to all of the speakers, and the animated discussions that ensued, showed just how live and vibrant an area of study this is, particularly in the present climate where questions of gender identity and associated rights are very much at the forefront of the political agenda. If there was ever any doubt about the ability of biblical studies to speak to contemporary concerns, this conference quashed it definitively. Many thanks to all who took part, and to those who supported and worked behind the scenes to make it happen. Look out for details of the follow-up book launch in due course!


Groningen-Leuven-Oxford Network Conference

Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March, 2021, Virtual​


Apocalyptic Thinking

Monday 15 February, 2021, Virtual

Conveners: Hindy Najman (Oriel), Jenn Strawbridge (Mansfield), Elizabeth Stell (Oriel)

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Book signing and wine reception 

John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor Emeritus, A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths (Penguin Books)

Tuesday 29 October 2019, 17:00-19:00, Large Senior Common Room, Oriel College

Codex Zacynthius: Retracing the Words of Scribes and Early Christian Writers

Tuesday 5 November 2019, 10.30-16.00, Oriel College

Conveners: Hugh Houghton (Birmingham), David Parker (Birmingham) and William Lamb (Oriel)

Hermeneutic Interventions and Practices of Reading: Between Modernity and Antiquity

Sunday 1 and Monday 2 December, Oriel College

Conveners: Yael Fisch (Oriel), Adriana Jacobs (St Cross), Hindy Najman (Oriel) and Daniel Weidner (Berlin)

Martyrdom on the Margins

Thursday 20 February 2020, MBI Al Jaber Building, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Conveners: Hindy Najman (Oriel) and Christian Sahner (St Cross)

British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) Annual Conference 2019: What is Commentary?

22–24 July 2019, St Anne's College, Oxford

President: Hindy Najman


Protestant Bible Scholarship: Antisemitism, Philosemitism, and Anti-Judaism

26 - 27 May 2019, Oriel College


Postgraduate Workshop: Exemplarity

11 - 12 March 2019, Oriel College


Lament, Reading and Therapy Workshop

5 November 2018, Oriel College

Co-organized with King's College London


Launch Conference

17 - 18 October 2018, Oriel College


Wisdom and Ethics Workshop

4 June 2018, Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College

Co-organized with John Barton.



 Day-long workshop Created Male and Female. The Hebrew Bible, Gender and Sexuality. Organiser: Deborah Rooke (Regent’s Park). Speakers include: Deborah Rooke (Regent’s Park), Ken Stone (Chicago), Janice De-Whyte (Loma Linda), Mercedes Garcia Bachmann (Buenos Aires), Rhiannon Graybill (Memphis), Sarah Nicholson (Glasgow), Brian Charles DiPalma (California). Registration: