How old is the Hebrew Bible?
Date: Wednesday 29th April 2020
Time: 10 am to 1 pm (Lunch is available afterwards for those who wish)
Venue: The Old Library, St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ
Older than you think! The age of the Hebrew Bible is a topic that has sparked controversy and debate in recent years. The scarcity of clear evidence allows for the possiblity of many views, though these are often clouded by theological and political biases. Professor Jan Joosten has recently co-authored a book which synthesizes recent linguistic, textual, and historical research to clarify the history of biblical literature, from its oldest texts and literary layers to its youngest, creating a new standard for the historical study of the Bible. In this morning workshop, Professor Joosten will present the main outlines of his work in terms accessible to those with little training or rusty on biblical study. You will go away with a clearer picture of how the Hebrew Bible (our Old Testament) came into being.
Professor Jan Joosten is Reguis Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford and editor-in-chief of Vetus Testamentum.