Prof. Susan Gillingham

Worcester College
Associate Professor
Phone: 01865 278359

Research Interests:

Hebrew poetry; Hebrew prophecy; Israelite religion; biblical archaeology; biblical hermeneutics; the Psalms.

Literary, theological, liturgical, artistic and musical representations of the Psalms in Jewish and Christian reception history.  

Selected Publications:

2013  (forthcoming) The Journey of Two Psalms:  The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition, Oxford:  Oxford University Press.

2013  Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms. Conflict and Convergence.  Proceedings of the Oxford Conference on Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms  (ed. S.E. Gillingham), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2008  Psalms  through the Centuries,  Volume I,   Blackwell Bible Commentaries (eds.  J.A.  Sawyer,  J. Kovacs, C. Rowland and D.M. Gunn), Oxford:  Blackwell Publishing.

1998  One Bible, Many Voices: Different Approaches to Biblical Studies,  London:  SPCK. 

Selected Articles:

2013  ‘Praying to the gods in the Psalms: Pursuing John Bartons’s “Plain Meaning” Approach’ in Biblical Interpretation and Method: Essays in Honour of John Barton (eds. Katharine J. Dell and Paul M. Joyce), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 63-73.

2012  ‘Entering and Leaving  the Psalter:   Psalms 1 and 150 and the Two Polarities of  Faith’ in Let us Go up to Zion. Essays in Honour of H.G.M. Williamson on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday (eds. I. Provan and M.J. Boda) , SVT 153, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012, pp. 383-93.  

2012  ‘Seeing and Hearing Psalm 137’ in Mótun Menningar/ Shaping Culture. Afmoelisrit/Festschrift Gunnlaugur Jónsson (ed. K. Eyjar), Reykjavík, Hid Íslenska Bókmenntafélag, pp.91-107.

2011  ‘A Ninth-Century Irish Bog Psalter and Reading the Psalms as “Three Fifties”’ in Studies on the Text and Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Honour of  Robert Gordon (eds  G. Khan and D. Lipton), VTS 149, Leiden: Brill, pp. 373-85. 

2010  ‘New Wine and Old Wineskins.  Three Approaches to Psalmody and Prophecy’ in Prophecy and the Prophets in Ancient Israel,   Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar (ed. J. Day),  London: T & T Clark , pp. 370-90.

2008  ‘Studies of the Psalms: Retrospect and Prospect’  in Expository Times 119,  pp. 209-16. 

Selection of  Papers and Lectures given outside the Faculty:

2013  ‘From Biblical Exegesis to Reception History through Psalm 137’: Gastvortrag, Centrum Oribis Orientalis et Occidentalis (im Rahmen der Vorlesung von Hermann Spieckermann).

2012  ‘Die levitischen Tempelsänger also Endredaktoren des Psalters’:  Trägerkreise in den Psalmen, Forschungskolloquium, DFG-Projekt Theologie des Psalters,  Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Universität Bonn.

2012  ‘Reception History: Biblical Studies on Holiday?  A Personal View’: The Society for Old Testament Study Summer Meeting, Manchester University. 

2012  ‘David and Christ Sing the Psalms: the Psalter as Prophecy and Liturgy’:  A Book of Psalms from Eleventh-Century Constantinople: On the Complex of Texts and Images in Vat. Gr. 752, Ars edendi Workshop, Vatican Library, Rome.

2012  ‘Seeing and Hearing Psalm 137’:  Invited speaker for the  presentation of Gunnlauger Jónsson’s  Festschrift, Univeristy of Reykjavik.

2011  ‘Introduction to the Psalter as Songs of the First and Second Temples’ and  ‘Jewish Meta-Narratives and Christian Allegories in Reception History: Psalm 137 as a Test-Case’:  Singing the Lord’s Song: Day Conference for Clergy and Lay Ministers,  Diocese of Rochester.

2011  ‘Jewish and Christian Approaches to Suffering in the Reception of Psalm 137’:   Project Psalms:  OTSSA Annual Conference on Psalms, hosted by Professor Dirk Human, University of  Pretoria, SA.

2011  ‘Reception History and Psalmody: An Introduction to its Aims and Methods with Particular Reference to Psalm 1’:  two papers given to the Ecole Doctorale,  Faculté de Théologie Catholique, Université de Strasbourg.   

2010  ‘The Reception of Psalm 137 in Jewish and Christian Traditions’: Conflict and Convergence.  Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms, Conference hosted by Dr. Gillingham and Professor Barton, Worcester College, Oxford.

General Interests:

Travel, particularly related to my research interest in reception history and psalmody.

Gardening, particularly maintaining a Mediterranean-style garden in central Oxford.

Music and art, particularly in relation to the Psalms


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