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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. Trinity Term 2024 the Early Biblical Interpretation seminar, in association with the Faculty of Classics, is running a graduate seminar on, “Philo as Reader”.

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: Prof Hindy Najman (Oriel) and Prof Tobias Reinhardt (Corpus Christi)

See the programme for the dates and times of each session, sessions are either on Thursdays or Wednesdays Weeks 1-8.

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

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Schedule for Trinity Term 2024
Week 1

25 April, Thursday 2-4pm, Harris Seminar Room


Week 2

2 May, Thursday 2-4pm, Harris Seminar Room

De Abrahamo 1-15 and 268-76

Week 3

8 May, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Harris Seminar Room

De Opificio Mundi 45-61
For the Greek preparation: 45 -46 and 54 and 60-61
Week 4

15 May, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Harris Lecture Theatre

De Decalogo 1-20
For the Greek preparation 1-2 and 18-20



Week 5

22 May, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Harris Seminar Room

De Vita Mosis 2.1-44
For the Greek preparation 35-44
Week 6

29 May, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Harris Seminar Room

De Vita Contemplative 75-89

Week 7

5 June, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Harris Seminar Room

De Specialibus Legibus 3.1-16

Week 8

10 June, Monday 9am-11am, Harris Seminar Room

De Migratione Abrahami 82-94; De Vita Mosis 1.165-73

Seminars in Previous Academic Years

Download Schedule for Hilary Term 2024
Download OCSB Schedule for MT 2023
Download the schedule for 2022-23
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