MA (Hebrew University of Jerusalem),
DPhil (Oxford University)
I am married and have twin daughters, aged 15. During my free time I particularly enjoy hiking, skiing (especially in my native Sweden), reading novels, visiting coffee shops, and sampling new exotic restaurants or cooking intricate meals together with my husband.
My research interests are many and diverse, the results of my travels around the globe. I spent my formative years as a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, studying Hebrew Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages. Immersion into a Hebrew and Arabic speaking environment made me interested in the philological aspects of Hebrew and comparative Semitics. Living in the Middle East gave me an interest in the Ancient Near East, its languages, cultures and politics, and how the Hebrew Bible fitted into this wider context. Studying in a Jewish environment fostered my interest in Medieval Jewish exegesis. Finally, just living and breathing in the air of Jerusalem made me aware of the many ways in which the Bible has been and can be understood, thus sparking my interest in exegesis and the history of hermeneutics.
Moving to Oxford provided new experiences and gave rise to an increasing interest in the theological aspects of Biblical studies. In particular, what fascinated me was the interchange between God's dark and light sides as recorded in the Old Testament. I also found my main specialization: the prophetic literature of post-exilic Judah. In this latter vein, I wrote my DPhil on Isaiah 56-66, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, investigating the criticism of the priesthood as found in these texts.
Lastly, working at a seminary in the USA made me aware of the need to interpret the Hebrew Bible for today. As a result, I developed an interest in contemporary readings of the Bible and how different approaches create different meanings of the Biblical text.
My most recent book, published in 2017, is a Guide to Ezra-Nehemiah (T&T Clark). Later this year, my edited volume Prophecy and its Cultic Dimensions is scheduled to appear from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in their series Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements.
My current major research project is devoted to the reception history of the book of Jonah: Jonah Through the Centuries, part of the Blackwell Bible Commentary series (Wiley).
I am editing the Oxford Handbook of Isaiah, to be published by Oxford University Press. This volume, consisting of 38 chapters, seeks to provide scholars and students with the most up-to-date research on the book of Isaiah.
I am also editing a Handbook on the Book of the Twelve together with Prof. Jakob Wöhrle, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg: The Book of the Twelve: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation, to be published by Brill in their series Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature / Supplements to Vetus Testamentum.
I am a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
I normally teach the following undergraduate courses:
DR1042 Hebrew Language I
DR1543 Introducing the Hebrew Bible
DR1536 Hebrew Language II
DR2047 History and Religion of Ancient Israel
DR352A / DR452A Jonah and His Fish
I sometimes teach the following postgraduate courses:
DR502V Jewish History and Culture (team taught)
DR551G Rabbinics and Jewish Philosophy (team taught)
- Further Info
I am the editor-in-chief of the newly relaunched Monograph Series of the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS), published by Cambridge University Press.
I am co-editor of JSOT (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament).
I am a member of the Editorial Board of JESOT (Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament).
I am the Athena Swan lead for the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
Membership of professional organizations
Society of Biblical Literature
European Association of Biblical Scholars
Society for the Old Testament Study
Svenska Exegetiska Sällskapet
Conference Papers and other Public Lectures
“Zion in Post-monarchic Prophetic Texts”, presented at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, 7 August, 2017.
“Exile as Death, and Death as Exile in the Book of Jonah”, presented at the conference Exile and Prophecy in Copenhagen, Denmark, 8 May 2017.
“When God Changes His Mind: An Exploration of the Reception History of Jonah 3:9”, presented at the Conference “Gamla testamentets tolkning och kontextualisering”, Johannelund Theological Seminary, Uppsala, 6 Feb, 2017.
“The Seer and the Priest: The Significance of the Presentation of Cultic Personnel as Prophets”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, San Antonio, Texas, November, 2016.
“Reading Jonah in Dialogue with Abravanel in the Book of the Twelve”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, San Antonio, Texas, November, 2016.
“David and the Wife of his Youth in Twentieth and Twenty-first-century Western Fiction”, presented at the conference Warrior, Poet, Prophet and King: The Character of David in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Institute of History, University of Warsaw, in cooperation wiht the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Wasaw, Poland, 26-28 Oct, 2016.
“Reading Noah and the Flood: A Fictional Encounter with Genesis 6-9”, presented at ISBL, Seoul, South Korea, 6 July, 2016.
“Zechariah’s Vision Report in the Book of the Twelve”, presented at the “Conference on the Book of the Twelve”, at ETF in Leuven, Belgium, 23-24, June 2016.
“Jonah and the Foreigners: Interreligious Relationships in the Reception History of the Book of Jonah”, presented at Kristiansand, Norway, 11 August, 2015.
“Species Ambiguity and Sex Change in the Book of Jonah: A Fishy Tale”, presented at the International Meeting of the SBL, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 21 July, 2015.
“Interpretation and Vocalization: Weyiktol or Wayyiktol in Isaiah 57:17-18 and 63:1-6 as Cases of Masoretic Biblical Interpretation”, presented at the conference The Words of the Prophets, Their Meaning and History of Reception - With Special Focus on the Books of Isaiah and the Twelve Prophets, Örebro, Sweden, 23 April, 2015.
“Jonah and the Fish: - The Monstrosofication of God’s Servant in Jewish and Christian Reception History”, presented at the conference ‘Fallen Animals’ in Aberdeen, March, 2015.
“Review of Dalit Rom Shiloni, Exclusive Inclusivity”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, San Diego, 25 Nov, 2014.
“The Role of the Gentiles in the Cult of YHWH in the concluding chapters of the Book of Isaiah and the Book of the Twelve”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, San Diego, 23 Nov, 2014.
“Utopia and Dystopia in Isaiah 56-66: A Syntactical Investigation”, presented at A Day in Honour of Professor Hans Barstad, New College, Edinburgh, 31 Oct, 2014.
“Prophetic Vision Reports between Form- and Redaction-Criticism: An Investigation of Amos 7-9 and Zech 1-6”, presented at the Summer Meeting of the Society of the Old Testament Study, Oxford, 22 July, 2014.
“Hope and Disappointment: The Judahite Critique of the Exilic Leadership in Isaiah 56-66”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, Baltimore, Nov, 2013.
"Dating Zechariah 1-6: The Evidence in Favour of and Against Understanding Zechariah 1-6 as a Sixth Century Text", presented at the International Meeting of the SBL, St Andrews, 10 July 2013.
“Hur mycket visste författarna till Jes 40-55 om Babylon och vad betyder detta för dess geografiska ursprung? ”, presented at Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, 24 April, 2013.
“Daughter Zion and the Lament in Isaiah 63:7-64:11”, presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, Chicago, 22 Nov 2012.
"A Visionary Experience and its Interpretations: A New Look at the Redaction History of Zechariah’s Vision Report", presented at the International Meeting of the SBL/Annual Meeting of the EABS, Amsterdam, 22 July, 2012.
"Yhwh, the Divine Beings, and Zechariah 1-8", presented at "Monotheism in Late Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature", Göttingen, 18 June, 2012.
"Zechariah’s Vision Report – Religious Experience or Literary Fiction?", presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, San Francisco, 19 November, 2011.
"A Vision within a Vision", presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, San Francisco, 20 November, 2011.
"Continuity and Discontinuity in Isaiah 40-66: History of Research", presented at the Meeting of the Edinburgh Prophecy Network, Aberdeen, 7 November, 2011.
"The Polyvalency of Zechariah’s Vision Report", presented at the Annual Meeting of the EABS, Thessaloniki, Greece, 9 Aug. 2011.
"Reading the Prophets Responsibly: The Use of the Hebrew Prophets in the Church Today", presented at Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya, 8 June, 2011.
"Imperial Influence on the Language and Content of Isaiah 40-55", presented at the 'Isaiah and Empire Colloquium, Laidlaw College, Auckland, NZ, 15 Feb, 2011.
"The Fine Line between Lament and Penitential Prayer", presented at the Colloquium on 'Spiritual Complaints', Laidlaw Carey Graduate School, Auckland, NZ, 11 Feb, 2011.
"The Coming of the Lord - An Inter-textual Reading of Isa 40:1-11; 52:7-10; 59:15b-20; 62:11 and 63:1-6", presented at the International Meeting of the SBL, Tartu, Estonia 27 July, 2010.
"Were the Neo-Assyrian Prophets Intercessors? A Comparative Study of Neo-Assyrian and Israelite Prophecy", presented at the Edinburgh Prophetic Network, Edinburgh, 11 December, 2009.
"A Response to Marvin Sweeney", presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, New Orleans, 22 November, 2009.
"To Read - or not to Read - Ezekiel as Christian Scripture", presented as the Old Testament Lecture at the Triennial Conference of the Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge, July 6, 2009.
"Isa 40-55 - A Drama of Judahite Voices", presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL, Boston, November 24, 2008.
"The Judahite Community behind Daughter Zion", presented at the summer meeting of the Society of the Old Testament Study, Oxford, July 23, 2008.
"En gåtfull spegelbild – Sakarjas visionsupplevelse", presented at Johannelund Theological Seminary, Uppsala, Sweden, 9 April, 2008.
"A Synchronic or a Diachronic Reading Isaiah 40-55- Does it Differ?", presented at the Annual Meeting of SBL, San Diego, November 18, 2007.
"Ezekiel the Man, the Prophet, the Priest and the Watchman", presented at the Annual Meeting of SBL, San Diego, November 18, 2007.
"Abraham, a Judahite Prerogative", presented at the International Meeting of SBL, Vienna, July 3, 2007.
"Jeremiah and the Priests", presented at the Meeting of the Edinburgh Prophecy Network, Edinburgh, May 11-12, 2007.
"Geography and Textual Allusions: Interpreting Isaiah 40-55 and Lamentations as Judahite Texts", presented at the International Meeting of SBL, Edinburgh, July 3, 2006.
"Zechariah's Unprocessed Visionary Experience", presented at the Annual Meeting of SBL, Philadelphia, Penn. November 21, 2005.
"Two prophets, Two Laments and Two Ways of Dealing with Earlier Texts", presented at the Conference on "Die Textualisierung der Religion. Juda und Jerusalem zwischen Kult und Text vom 7. bis 5. Jh. v. Chr", at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, July 8, 2005.
"The Compassionate God of Jewish Exegesis", presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific North-West Regional SBL. Seattle, Wash. April 29, 2005.