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The University of Edinburgh: Hebrew and Old Testament Studies

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Divinity
Study type Research


The academic staff in this area can offer you research supervision in most areas of study related to the Hebrew Bible.

The research interests of staff and graduate students cover:

  • pentateuchal and historical studies

  • poetry and prophecy

  • biblical theology and ethics

  • Hebrew language

  • Septuagint and targumic studies

  • the Dead Sea Scrolls in their Hellenistic context

You can find out more and identify a potential supervisor by looking at the School’s staff profiles, which give details of research interests and publications, and email addresses.

We encourage you to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project before making a formal application.

At the School of Divinity, you will join a community of around 150 research students, drawn from around the world, and from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds.

You will study in a stimulating environment. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranked the School first in Scotland and fifth in the UK for its research power in theology and religious studies. The majority of the research activity of our colleagues is classed as world-leading, reflecting the vibrancy of the School’s research culture.

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