Dr Peter Atkins (BA, MA, PhD)

Teaching Fellow in Old Testament and Hebrew Bible

  • School of Divinity

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Room B.7
School of Divinity
7 Roxburgh St

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  • I am happy to meet with any student at a mutually convenient time. Please get in touch by email to arrange an in-person or online meeting.


Peter Joshua Atkins is Teaching Fellow in Old Testament and Hebrew Bible at the University of Edinburgh. He is also co-founder and co-chair of the 'Animals and the Bible' research group for the European Association of Biblical Studies.

Prior to his appointment at Edinburgh, Peter completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded project "Christian Ethics of Farmed Animal Welfare."


BA (University of Sheffield), MA (University of Sheffield), PhD (University of Chester)

Undergraduate teaching

Prophets and Their Oracles

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

The Dark Lord: Divine Violence in the Hebrew Bible

Postgraduate teaching

Hebrew Bible in Historical-Critical Perspective

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (PG)

Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies (Biblical Studies)

Research summary

Animals and Animality in the Bible

The Book of Daniel

Ecological approaches to the Hebrew Bible

History of Interpretation of the Bible

The History and Reception of Second Temple Literature

Current research interests

My current research focuses on readings and interpretations of Nebuchadnezzar's affliction in Daniel 4.