Professor Katherine E. Southwood


I came to Oxford in October 2013 having previously held a post at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. Prior to that I was Kennicott Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Oxford.

I have a wide range of teaching experience and I enjoy teaching at all levels. I am keen to supervise doctoral students, especially those with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to ancient texts.

Research Area:

Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible

Research Interests:

My research is characterised by methodologically robust interdisciplinary engagement with primary texts. I am particularly interested in how social anthropology can facilitate new insights into ancient texts. Research areas wherein I have previously published include, but are not restricted to: marriage practices in ancient Israel, ethnicity in the postexilic period, migration and return migration, the books of Ezra-Nehemiah, and of Judges. I am currently doing research on medical anthropology and the book of Job.

External Engagement:

In 2017 I received funding from the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support for Public Engagement with Research and I ran a project involving three international conferences, open to the public, with NHS healthcare chaplains. I also received funding from TORCH (Medical Humanities Award) to run a conference on methods in medical humanities. 

At St John’s College, Oxford I run an annual study day and book competition. I am keen to recruit undergraduates and welcome applications in Theology to the college.


Select Publications

  • 'This man has come into my house': Hospitality in Genesis 19; 34; and Judges 19.

    Southwood, KE
  • ‘”But now … do not let all this hardship seem insignificant before you”: Ethnic History and Nehemiah 9’

    Southwood, KE
  • ‘You are all quacks; if only you would shut up’ (Job 13:4b-5a): Sin and illness in the sacred and the secular, the ancient and the modern.

    Southwood, KE
  • Women and Exilic Identity in the Hebrew Bible

    Halvorson-Taylor, MA, Southwood, KE
  • Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges An Anthropological Approach

    Southwood, K
  • The Social and Cultural History of Ancient Israel

    Southwood, KE
    Edited by:
    Barton, J
  • ‘The impact of the second-generation returnees as a model for understanding the post-exilic context’

    Southwood, KE
    Edited by:
    Stökl, J, Waerzeggers, C
  • ‘Will Naomi’s Nation be Ruth’s Nation?: Ethnic Translation as a Metaphor for Ruth’s Assimilation within Judah’

    Southwood, KE
  • Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological Approach

    Southwood, KE
  • An Ethnic affair?: Ezra’s Intermarriage Crisis Against a Context of Self-Ascription and Ascription of Others

    Southwood, KE
    Edited by:
    Frevel, C
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