Harald Samuel


Departmental Lecturer in Classical Hebrew; Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies



Research Interests:

History of the Hebrew Language, Textual Criticism, Literary History of the Hebrew Bible, History of Research

Current Projects:

  • Commentary on Exodus for the series Handbuch zum Alten Testament (Mohr Siebeck)
  • Conference series “Book-Seams in the Hexateuch” funded by the Thyssen Stiftung (together with Prof. Dr Christoph Berner, Kiel, and Dr Stephen Germany, Basel)
  • German Translation of the critical text of Avot de-Rabbi Natan A (together with Prof. Dr Hans-Jürgen Becker, Göttingen)

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to the Historical-Critical Methodology
  • Deuteronomy, Judges, Deuteronomistic History, Theology of the Chronicler
  • History of the Hebrew Language
  • Northwest Semitic Inscriptions and the Bible
  • Introduction to the Septuagint
  • History of Ancient Israel and Judah
  • Old Testament scholarship during the Nazi period

Recent Publications:

  • Book-Seams in the Hexateuch II: The Book of Deuteronomy and its Literary Transitions, ed. by Christoph Berner, Stephen Germany, and Harald Samuel. FAT 168. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2023.
  • Schriftwerdung – Kritische Anmerkungen zum Verhältnis von Text-, Literar- und Sprachgeschichte’, in: Heilige Schriften in der Kritik. XVII. Europäischer Kongress für Theologie (5.–8. September 2021 in Zürich), ed. by Konrad Schmid. Veröffentlichungen der Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Theologie 68. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2023, 237–249.
  • Contact between Old Persian and Hebrew? A Rejoinder to A. Wilson-Wright. VT 70 (2020), 298–315.
  • Levites, in: T&T Clark Encyclopaedia of Second Temple Judaism, ed. by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner. London, New York: T&T Clark 2020, 435–438.
  • Book-Seams in the Hexateuch I: The Literary Transitions between the Books of Genesis/Exodus and Joshua/Judges, ed. by Christoph Berner and Harald Samuel. FAT 120. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2018.
  • Competing Competencies: The Struggle for Authority in Deut 17:8–13 in Comparative Perspective, in: Debating Authority. Concepts of Leadership in the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets, ed. by Katharina Pyschny and Sarah Schulz. BZAW 507. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter 2018, 178–192.

Full / Other Publications:

For a full list see here.

Harald Samuel