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Professor Hindy Najman

Hindy Najman, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford is the director and founder of the Centre for the studies of the Bible.

Her research interests encompass Composition and Author Function; Construction and Imitation of Biblical Figures; Practices of Pseudepigraphy and Pseudonymous Attribution; Revelation, Divine Encounter and Prophecy; Idealized Sage and Perfectionism; Philology and Philological Practices; Diaspora and Exile; Authority and Tradition; Allegorical Interpretation and Midrash; Destruction and Recovery; Collection and Canon; the History of Biblical Interpretation; and Scholarly Practices of Reading the Bible and Biblical Traditions. She has written on the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic Literature and Pseudepigrapha.  Her publications include Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism(2003),  Past Renewals: Interpretive Authority, Renewed Revelation and the Quest for Perfection, (2010) and  Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future: An Analysis of 4 Ezra (2014).  She is currently completing a new book entitled: Reading Practices and the Vitality of Scripture (Oxford University Press).

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For more information or to set up a meeting with Professor Najman, please contact Ms Stefania Beitia (, Assistant to the Director & Administrator of the Centre for the Study of the Bible.