Dr Deborah Rooke

Faculty of Theology and Religion
Associate Lecturer in Old Testament Hermeneutics, Regent's Park College
Visiting Lecture in Old Testament, St Stephen's House
Senior Associate, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Phone: 01865 288149
Email: deborah.rooke@theology.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

Cult and ritual in the Old Testament

Feminist and gendered readings of the Old Testament

The use of Old Testament texts in G.F. Handel’s oratorios

Recent publications:

Handel’s Israelite Oratorio Libretti: Sacred Drama and Biblical Exegesis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

‘The King James Bible: Messianic Meditations’, in David G. Burke, John F. Kutsko, and Philip H. Towner (eds.), The King James Version at 400: Assessing Its Genius as Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence (Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013), pp. 401-11.

‘From London to Amsterdam: Handel’s Esther Reincarnated’, in James K. Aitken, Jeremy M.S. Clines and Christl M. Maier (eds.), Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J.A. Clines (Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013), pp. 459-73.

‘Grounded in a Historical-Literary Divide: Gendered Bible Meanings in Europe’, in Susanne Scholz (ed.), Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect. II. Social Locations (Recent Research in Biblical Studies, 8; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014), pp. 70-96

‘The Blasphemer (Leviticus 24): Gender, Identity and Boundary Construction’, in Francis Landy, Leigh M. Trevaskis and Bryan D. Bibb (eds.), Text, Time and Temple: Literary, Historical and Ritual Studies in Leviticus (Hebrew Bible Monographs, 64; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015), pp. 153-69.

‘Patriarchy/Kyriarchy’, in Julia M. O’Brien (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

‘Priest(s), Priesthood, Theology of’, in Samuel E. Balentine (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

‘George Frideric Handel’, in Timothy Beal (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Arts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

‘Of Women, Snakes and Trees: The Bible’, in Cesare Cuttica and Gaby Mahlberg (eds.), Patriarchal Moments: Reading Patriarchal Texts (Textual Moments in the History of Political Thought; London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), pp. 9-17.

‘Handel’s Nabal’, in John Jarick (ed.), Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar (LHBOTS, 618; London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2016), pp. 391-417

‘Priests and Profits: Joel and Malachi’, in Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer (ed.), Priests and Cults in the Book of the Twelve (Ancient Near East Monographs/Monografias sobre el Antiguo Cercano Oriente, 14; Atlanta, GA: SBL Press/Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente (UCA), 2016), pp. 81-98.

General Interests:

Member of editorial board, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.

Going to concerts, especially of Renaissance and Baroque music; music making, including singing madrigals, playing piano, viola and flute, and coordinating Sunday music and organizing an occasional choir at New Road Baptist Church in central Oxford.

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