Professor Laura Quick


I completed my doctorate in Hebrew Bible at the University of Oxford, before taking up an Assistant Professorship in Religion and Judaic Studies at Princeton University in Autumn 2017. In 2019 I returned to Oxford, where I am currently Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Tutorial Fellow in Theology and Religion at Worcester College.

Research Area/s: 

Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Research Interests:

My research is focussed on the Hebrew Bible against the background of ancient Near Eastern literary culture. My work seeks to recover the value concepts and aesthetic judgements of ancient Near Eastern literature through the language of the texts.  

Research interests include: Hebrew Bible and its history of interpretation, the comparative method, material culture, embodiment, and women and gender in the ancient Near East. I am currently researching the concepts of beauty and aesthetics in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean.


Library of Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament Studies (Bloomsbury T&T Clark)


Publications & Research Outputs:

Dress, Adornment and the Body in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).

‘Art, Aesthetics and the Dynamics of Visuality in Ezekiel 23’, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (forthcoming).

‘The Book of Ruth and the Limits of Proverbial Wisdom’, Journal of Biblical Literature 139 (2020): 47-66.

‘The Hidden Body as Literary Strategy in 4QWiles of the Wicked Woman (4Q184)’, Dead Sea Discoveries 27 (2020): 234-56.


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