Dr Anja Klein (MTheol[special] DipTheol PhD DHabil SFHEA)

Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament


since 2017   Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

                        2022-2023 British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

2013-2017   Chancellor's Fellow in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible)

                         2014  Habilitation at the University of Göttingen (Second Book: 'Geschichte und Gebet')

2008-2013    Academic Assistant in Old Testament Studies, University of Göttingen (chair Prof. R.G. Kratz)

2003-2008    Doctoral Studies of Theology, University of Göttingen

                         2008  Doctorate of Theology (Thesis: 'Schriftauslegung im Ezechielbuch')

                         2004-2007  Graduate Fellow "Ev. Studienwerk Villigst"

1996-2003    Studies of Theology in Bethel, St Andrews and Göttingen

                         2003  First Theological Degree/Diploma (Hanover Church/Göttingen)

                         2000  Master of Theology (special; St Andrews)

                         1999-2003   Fellow "Ev. Studienwerk Villigst"   


MTheol(special) DipTheol PhD DHabil SFHEA

Dr Klein is a Senior Fellow of HEA and holds the Göttingen Certificate for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

On teaching sensitive materials in Divinity https://bit.ly/3hbA6F5

Responsibilities & affiliations

Local Contact for the Edinburgh OTSEM group


Undergraduate teaching

Prophets and Their Oracles (BIST08019)

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (BIS 08017/BIST10040)

Adam, Eve, and LGBT+: Sex and Gender in the Hebrew Bible (DIVI10002)

The Dark Lord: Divine Violence in the Hebrew Bible (BIST10052)

Biblical Hebrew Texts A (BIST0001)

Old Testament Theology (BIST10043)

Hebrew Prophecy (BIST10021)

On teaching sensitive materials in Divinity: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/mini-series-adam-eve-and-lgbt-teaching-sensitive-materials-in-divinity/

Postgraduate teaching

Hebrew Prophecy (BIST11004)

Advanced Hebrew Texts A (BIST11011)

Hebrew Bible in Historical-Critical Perspective (BIST11021)

Hebrew Scriptures Theology (BIST11009)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

"Being a historical-critical scholar, I am passionate about the literary and theology history of the Hebrew Bible, and I do welcome any postgraduate research enquiries and applications in this field, in particular those with an interest in prophetic and poetic literature,  biblical theology, and the implemenation of social scientific approaches. More recently, I have discovered the question of violence in the Hebrew Bible and would love to discuss any enquiry related to this!"

Research summary

Dr Klein’s research focuses on the history of literature and theology of the Hebrew Bible, including the exegesis of the biblical scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her fascination with Hebrew prophecy is reflected in her study on inner-biblical exegesis in the book of Ezekiel, while her most recent monograph deals with the exegesis of biblical history in the Psalms of the Hebrew Bible. She currently works on a prophetic theology through the lens of resilience ("Theology Born From Crisis") and is contracted to write the ATD commentary on the Book of Ezekiel.

Having spent the first part of her career in Germany, she is a historical-critical scholar by training, which she makes fruitful for any literary and theological study of the Hebrew Bible.

Nordic-German Network for Research and Doctoral Education (OTSEM), local contact at Edinburgh School of Divinity www.otsem.uni-hamburg.de

Research Network in Jewish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Steering Group http://jewishstudies.div.ed.ac.uk/

Aberdeen Prophecy Network  

Project activity

"Theology Born From Crisis  - Resilience Discourse in the Three Major Prophets"

Commentary on Ezek 1-39 in the series ATD (Altes Testament Deutsch)

Editor SOTS Monograph Series (https://www.sots.ac.uk/monographs/)


Current project grants

British Academy Mid Career Fellowship (2022-23)

View all 39 publications on Research Explorer

Conference details

  • Nov 30th: Ezechiel unter den Propheten - die Theologie des Ezechielbuches im Kontext alttestamentlicher Prophetie, Symposium Göttinger Beiträge zum Alten Testament“, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • SBL Annual Meeting 2017 Boston: “Which Exodus? Biblical History in the Prayer of the Servants Isa 63:7-64:11”
  • SBL Annual Meeting 2017 Boston: “Exodus: Transmission of a Tradition in Psalms and Liturgies of the Second Temple Period,”

2023 Edinburgh fringe show Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas "Against the Odds"