Biblical Studies: Old and New Testament

Biblical Studies have been at the core of research and teaching in the Faculty for centuries. The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament subject area provides students with a thorough training in biblical scholarship and integrates them into an international interdisciplinary research community based in Oxford. Research and teaching in this area focus on the texts and traditions of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic Jewish literature, rabbinic literature, and the Peshitta. We bring a broad range of methods and approaches to the study of the Hebrew Bible into conversation with the Humanities and the Social Sciences, especially through the work of the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities based in Oriel College. The Hebrew Bible and Old Testament Subject Group also maintains an area of this website.

The Faculty is at the cutting-edge of research on the Jewish and Graeco-Roman context of the New Testament, the Gospels, the letters of Paul and other New Testament writers, as well as on the reception of New Testament Texts in antiquity. The New Testament Subject Group maintains a website providing useful information for potential and current students. Its Twitter feed provides regular updates on events and opportunities.

The Faculty has an active programme of seminars in Biblical Studies including:

  • Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Seminar
  • Early Biblical Interpritation
  • New Testament Seminar
  • Graduate Colloquium in Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • The Bible in Art, Music and Literature Seminar
  • Ethical Reading Seminar (Hilary Term only)

Further information on these and the wide range of graduate classes and seminars can be found on the events page here and on the lecture list.

Click here for information on supervisors working in this area.

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