Laura Quick


Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Tutorial Fellow of Theology and Religion, Worcester College

College Address:

Worcester College
Walton Street


Research Interests:

My research is focussed on the various genres and modes of discourse found in the Hebrew Bible against the background of ancient Near Eastern literary culture. Broadly, my work seeks to recover the value concepts and aesthetic judgements of ancient Near Eastern literature through the language of the texts.

Current Projects:

I am currently working on a large-scale project that explores the concepts of beauty and aesthetics in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East.

Courses Taught:

I teach lectures and tutorials on Hebrew poetry, ritual, and liturgy.

Recent Publications:

Dress, Adornment and the Body in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press).

‘The Book of Ruth and the Limits of Proverbial Wisdom’, Journal of Biblical Literature (in press).

‘The Hidden Body as Literary Strategy in 4QWiles of the Wicked Woman (4Q184)’, Dead Sea Discoveries (in press).

Full Publications:

2019. ‘Clothed in Curses: Ritual, Curse and Story in the Deir ‘Alla Plaster Inscription’, in To Gaul, to Greece and Into Noah’s Ark: Essays in Honour of Kevin J. Cathcart on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday, ed. Laura Quick, Ekaterina E. Kozlova, Sonja Noll and Philip Y. Yoo (JSSS 44; Oxford: Oxford University Press), 95-109.

2019. ‘Decorated Women: A Sociological Approach to the Function of Cosmetics in the Books of Esther and Ruth’, Biblical Interpretation 27: 354-71.

2019. ‘Gender and Philology’s Uncommon Sense’, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 8: 379-87. Co-authored with Jacqueline Vayntrub and Ingrid E. Lilly.

2019. ‘My Lord the Queen: Gender Discord in Comparative Perspective’, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 8: 448-63.

2019. ‘“She Made Herself Up Provocatively for the Charming of the Eyes of Men” (Jdt. 10.4): Cosmetics and Body Adornment in the Stories of Judith and Susanna’, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 28: 215-36.

2019. The Philology of Gender (HeBAI 8; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck). Co-edited with Jacqueline Vayntrub and Ingrid E. Lilly.

2019. ‘Through a Glass, Darkly: Reflections on the Translation and Interpretation of Exodus 38:8’, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 81: 595-612.

2019. To Gaul, to Greece and Into Noah’s Ark: Essays in Honour of Kevin J. Cathcart on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (JSSS 44; Oxford: Oxford University Press). Co-edited with Ekaterina E. Kozlova, Sonja Noll and Philip Y. Yoo.

2019. ‘»But You Shall Surely Report Concerning Him«: In Defense of the Priority of LXX Deuteronomy 13:9’, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 130: 86-100.

2018. ‘Dream Accounts in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Jewish Literature’, Currents in Biblical Research 17: 8-32.

2018. ‘Hêlēl ben-Šahar and the Chthonic Sun: A New Suggestion for the Mythological Background of Isa. 14:12-15’, Vetus Testamentum 68: 129-48.

2017. Deuteronomy 28 and the Aramaic Curse Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

2017. ‘Laying Og to Rest: Deuteronomy 3 and the Making of a Myth’, Biblica 98: 161-72.

2017. ‘Manuscripts and their (Proof-)Texts: Paradigms for Purity and Holiness in the Community Rule and the Damascus Document’, Biblische Notizen 175: 35-53.

2016. ‘“To Hear and to Accept”: A Word-Pair in the Tell Fakhariyah Bilingual Inscription’, Journal of Semitic Studies 62: 413-29.

2014. ‘Recent Research on Ancient Israelite Education: A Bibliographic Essay’, Currents in Biblical Research 13: 9-33.

2012. ‘Lamech’s Change of Mind: The Hellenistic Philosophy Behind the Use of šn’ in the Genesis Apocryphon and the Book of Daniel’, Aramaic Studies 11: 53-66.

Further Info:

Editorial Board, Hebrew Studies

Editorial Board, Studies in Cultural Contexts of the Bible Monograph Series (Brill)

Steering Committee, Philology in Hebrew Studies, Society of Biblical Literature

External Member, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Laura Quick