Professor Graeme Auld (MA BD PhD DLitt FSA (Scot) FRSE)

Professor Emeritus

  • School of Divinity

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School of Divinity, Mound Place

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My earlier studies were in the Greek and Latin classics, before I turned to Divinity including Hebrew; and my first stay in Jerusalem was at the end of a trek that began in Greece and Turkey and Syria. Doctoral research started with the French Dominicans in Jerusalem for a year, then in Germany for a year, then back in Edinburgh. My first post was administrative, but with rich research opportunities, as Assistant Director of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem. My whole teaching career in Hebrew Bible was at New College (1972-2007). I was Dean of Divinity (1993-1996) and Principal of New College (2002-2008) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2005. I was President of the Society for Old Testament Study in 2005, and had edited its annual Book List for seven years (1986-92). A major task early in ‘retirement’ was completing a commentary on I & II Samuel for the Old Testament Library (2011). 

Life in Kings. Reshaping the Royal Story in the Hebrew Bible. AIL 30; Atlanra: SBL, 2017.

2017: ‘Did the Assyrian envoy know the Venite? What did he know? What did he say? And should he be believed?’ Pages 42-53 in Torah and Tradition. Edited by Klaas Spronk. OTS 70. Leiden: Brill.

2019: ‘Ruth: a reading of Scripture?’ Pages 215-218 in The Oxford Handbook of the Writings of the Hebrew Bible. Edited by Donn Morgan. OUP.

2020a: ‘Chronicles, Isaiah, Kings’. Pages 115-126 in Imperial Visions. The Prophet and the Book of Isaiah in an Age of Empires. Edited by Reinhard Kratz and Joachim Schaper. FRLANT 277. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

2020b: ‘Some Thoughts on the First Jeroboam’, Biblische Notizen 185, 45-53.

2020c: ‘Ahaz and Jeroboam’. Pages 17-31 in Characters and Characterization in the Book of Kings. Edited by Keith Bodner and Benjamin J.M. Johnson. LHBOTS 670; T&T Clark).

2020d: ‘Kings, Prophets, and Judges’. Pages 80-97 in The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature. Edited by Calum M. Carmichael. CUP).

2021a: ‘“Divination” in Hebrew and Greek Bibles. A Text-historical Overview’. Pages 55-67 in Prophecy and Hellenism. Edited by Hannes Bezzel and Stefan Pfeiffer. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 55-67.

2021b: ‘David and his alter ego in the desert’. Pages 145-158 in David in the Desert. Edited by Hannes Bezzel and Reinhard G. Kratz. BZAW 514. Berlin: de Gruyter.

2021c: ‘Deuteronomy and the older royal narrative: some core questions’. Pages 219-239 in Deuteronomy in the Making. Studies in the Production of Debarim. Edited by Diana Edelman, Benedetta Rossi, Kare Berge, Philippe Guillaume. BZAW 533. Berlin: de Gruyter.

2021d: ‘נפש אדם and the Associations of 1 Chronicles 5 in the Hebrew Bible’. Pages 108-124 in Chronicles and the Priestly Literature of the Hebrew Bible. Edited by Jaeyoung Jeon and Louis C. Jonker. BZAW 528. Berlin: de Gruyter.

2021e: ‘Of Proust and Prophets: Samuel, Elijah, and Charles Swann’, ExT 133,4.

2021f: ‘Tracing the Origins of Kings with Nadav Na’aman and Klaus-Peter Adam’, SJOT 35, 259-275.

2021g: ‘Tell נא How It Is. Placing הגד־נא within Biblical Hebrew’, Pages 63-76 in From Words to Meaning. Studies on Old Testament Language and Theology for David J. Reimer. Edited by Samuel Hildebrandt, Kurtis Peters, and Eric N. Ortlund. HBM 100. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

2022a: ‘Reading Solomon with Three Eyes Open’, SJOT 36

2022b: ‘Follow the Words: What’s in a King’s Name?’, SJOT 36