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PhD in Hebrew Bible at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill


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See the following notice for applications to study the Hebrew Bible at UNC or Duke.



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University are coordinating their extensive resources to develop what promises to be an exceptional opportunity for doctoral study in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. UNC-Chapel Hill, through the Department of Religious Studies, and Duke, through the Graduate Program in Religion, are each accepting applications from qualified students for competitive fellowships to begin the academic year 2018-2019. The deadline to apply to UNC is December 12, 2017; the deadline for Duke is December 7, 2017.

Located in North Carolina’s culturally rich and affordable Research Triangle, the programs involve close cooperation between Joseph Lam, David Lambert, and Jodi Magness of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC; Marc Brettler, Laura Lieber, and Melvin Peters of the Department of Religious Studies at Duke; and Stephen Chapman, Ellen Davis, Jennie Grillo, and Anathea Portier-Young of the Duke Divinity School.

While each program has certain distinctive emphases, they share a commitment to reading texts in original languages and to exegesis. As part of obtaining broad training in the field, students are encouraged to engage both the ancient Near Eastern context of the Bible and its subsequent history of interpretation from late Second Temple Judaism forward, with a focus on robust conversation across traditions. Together these programs offer students the unique opportunity to study Hebrew Bible/Old Testament within the framework of top-ranked departments of Religious Studies, receiving training in and employing contemporary theories of religion. Both programs are known for their exceptional pedagogical training and have enjoyed excellent placement records. Students benefit from UNC and Duke’s extensive resources in other areas of ancient Judaism, as well as early Christianity.

For more information, students are urged to contact David Lambert (dalambe@email.unc.edu) and Marc Brettler (MZB3@Duke.edu). More information is also available at UNC’s departmental website, http://religion.unc.edu/, and Duke’s website, https://graduateprograminreligion.duke.edu/.



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