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Julian Thompson

Lecturer in Hebrew Bible

Julian Thompson

BA (Hons) LTh MA DPhil (Cand.)

With a background in political science, Julian’s research interests lie in the application of contemporary interdisciplinary approaches to the Hebrew Bible. In his own work, he uses insights from the study of orality to explore the role and function of some of the oldest poetry in the Hebrew Bible.

Julian is an ordained pastor, who having also served as a religion editor, spent seven years in full-time ministry before becoming a lecturer at Newbold College. Julian’s door is always open and he is available for consultations and speaking appointments.


Contact Information

Office hours: Appointments available by arrangement

Email: [email protected]


  • Classes I’ve taught

    • Introduction to Hebrew
    • Intermediate Hebrew
    • Pastoral Ministry in Context
    • Foundations of Biblical Studies
    • Pentateuch & Writings
    • Hebrew Reading Group
    • Study Skills
  • Areas of expertise

    • Orality
    • Traditional Literature
    • Hermeneutics
    • Pentateuch
    • The Book of Judges
  • Pastoral Publications

    COVID-19 and the Law of the Leper, Messenger Magazine, vol 125, no. 9, 2020

    From Manuscripts to Mobiles: Reflections of the Effect of Digitisation on Biblical Consciousness’, The Newboldian, 2020

    Why didn’t God heal grandad?, Focus, vol 41, no. 1, 2020

    From Shared Meaning to Lived Understanding, SEC Communicator, January 2020

    Does ‘not cleave’ mean ‘vote leave’?, Focus, vol. 40, no.3, 2019

  • Research Presentations

    Spiderman, Tradition, and A Mother in Israel: Judges 5.7 in Performance Critical Perspective, Newbold College, England (2019).

    Hermeneutics at the intersection between poetry and prose, Old Testament Graduate Seminar, University of Oxford, England (2016).

    How Many Tribes? Questions of orality and variance in Judges 4 & 5, Old Testament Seminar on Epistemology and Methods (OTSEM), University of Turku, Finland (2016).

    Orality, Folkloristics, and the Armies of Deborah: Towards a Reading of Judges 4.6 and Judges 5.13-18 as Multiforms, Old Testament Seminar on Epistemology and Methods (OTSEM), Uppsala University, Sweden (2015).

    Orality, Formulae and Ancient Hebrew Poetry, Association of Black Adventist Religion Scholars (ABARS), Oakwood University, USA (2014).

  • Other professional qualifications and awards

    European Adventist Society of Theology and Religious Studies

    Society for Biblical Literature (SBL)

    DTP Researcher
    Arts and Humanities Research Council

    AHRC Award (2014)
    Arts and Humanities Research Council