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Early Biblical Interpretation Seminar

The Early Biblical Interpretation seminar series runs throughout the academic year and is focused on the study of texts and considers the vitality of biblical texts, traditions, and themes across the ancient world. In this seminar, one might hear research on the theme of wisdom in Greek tragedy, prayer in the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical and classical commentaries, or rabbinic reading strategies.

The Bodleian’s incredible collection of Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, and Greek manuscripts are an integral part of this seminar and we regularly organise group visits to the Weston Library.

Convener: Dr. Phillip Lasater (Worcester)

In Michaelmas Term 2022, the Early Biblical Interpretation seminars will run on Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Consult at the Oriel College porter’s lodge for the 4-digit passcode to enter the Harris Seminar Room.

Schedule for Michaelmas Term 2022
Week 1


Week 2


Week 3

27 October 2022

  • Rebekah Van Sant-Clark

Wilderness as Exile in the Book of Lamentations

  • Elizabeth Stell

Reading and Contextualising the Text: Tragedy, Performance, Liturgy

Week 4


Week 5


Week 6

17 November 2022

  • Sarah Wisialowski

Stopping Time: The Function of Prayer in Jewish Hellenistic Texts

  • Yovella Ball

Reading Law Codes with the Psalms

Week 7


Week 8


PDF Download of Michaelmas Term 2022 Schedule

Seminars in Previous Academic Years

Download the schedule for 2021-22
Download the schedule for 2020-21
Download the schedule for 2019-20
Download the schedule for 2018-19
Download the schedule for 2017-18