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Mr Joel Bell

BS, MDiv, ThM

Though I was born in the United States, I spent my childhood in Egypt and Croatia. I returned to the U.S. for high school and subsequently graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a BS in Health and Exercise Science.

At Furman University, I was a multiple team All-American (American) football player and subsequently played a short stint in the NFL, three years in the CFL, and one year in the UFL. When my football career ended, I attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, completing both an MDiv (2016) and a ThM (2018). The title of my ThM thesis was, Studies in Septuagint Leviticus: Linguistics, Tradition, and Lexical Choice.

I am now pursuing a DPhil in Hebrew and Jewish studies at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Jan Joosten.

Research Interests

My DPhil thesis focuses on the choice of rare literary vocabulary by the translator of Old Greek Job. This thesis will shed further light on the translator, his world, and his text.

Other research interests include biblical exegesis, Hebrew poetry, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Hexaplaric material, the Old Syriac translation of the New Testament, Old Church Slavonic, and Classical Greek.