Julian Thompson



Thesis title: 

Orality, Meaning, and the Rhetorical Persistence of Traditional Forms in Ancient Hebrew Poetics


Professor Katherine Southwood


In recent years, the proliferation of interdisciplinary dialogue, cooperation, and research on the subjects of orality and performance has led to new insights and discoveries in relation to how meaning is conveyed in orally-derived and traditional texts. Many of these insights are yet to be fully applied within the context of the Hebrew Bible. The purpose of this thesis is to assess the extent to which oral/oral-derived methodologies enable us to rediscover traditional elements of meaning in ancient Hebrew poetry.

Research area:

Biblical Studies: Old Testament


AHRC Award

Selected publications:

Orality, Folkloristics and Hebrew Poetry: Hermeneutics at the Intersection Between Poetry and Prose (OTSEM Conference, Uppsala 2015)

Other research interests:

Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Hermeneutics, Hebrew Poetry, Oral Literature Research, Folkloristics

About me:

I am a part-time Doctoral Student at Worcester College and serve as a minister for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Having read Political Science at the University of Nottingham I completed a PGdip and MA in Old Testament Studies at Newbold College.