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Revd Professor John Barton

Emeritus Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford

The Old Testament; theory and practice of biblical interpretation, biblical ethics, history of the Old and New Testament canons, and prophecy in ancient Israel.

I have worked mainly on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, writing on the canon, the theology of biblical books (especially the prophets), ethical ideas in the Bible, and the history and practice of biblical interpretation. My current research interests centre on the history and development of the Bible from ancient to modern times, and also on biblical translation in theory and practice. In addition I am continuing to pursue questions about biblical ethics.

Past appointments
Junior Research Fellow Merton College University of Oxford (1973 - 1974)
University lecturer in Theology (Old Testament) University of Oxford (1974 - 1989)
Reader in Biblical Studies University of Oxford (1989 - 1991)
Emeritus Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture Oriel College University of Oxford (2014 - )

Principal publications
Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study, 1984, second edn. 1995
Oracles of God: Perceptions of Ancient Prophecy in Israel after the Exile, 1986, second edn. 2007
The Nature of Biblical Criticism, 2007
Ethics in Ancient Israel, 2014


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