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Dr David Shepherd


Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament


t: + 353 1 896 4796

Academic Qualifications

BA, Ancient Semitic Languages (Sask),

PhD Divinity (Edin)


Following doctoral studies at New College (University of Edinburgh) and academic appointments in Canada and Belfast, Dr. Shepherd joined the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester where he served prior to his appointment at Trinity in 2013.  In addition to founding and co-chairing the Bible and Moving Image programme unit of the Society of Biblical Literature’s International Meeting, Dr. Shepherd is currently a member of the board of the International Organization for Targum Studies as well as the committee of the Society for Old Testament Studies (UK).  He also serves as external examiner for the undergraduate programme in the department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield and is an honorary research fellow in the University of Manchester’s Centre for Biblical Studies. 

Research Interests

Dr. Shepherd’s teaching and published research interests include the Hebrew Bible (esp. the Deuteronomistic History and Ezra-Nehemiah), the New Testament (Aramaic background and the Gospel of John), ancient translation traditions (esp. Aramaic traditions: Targum, Peshitta and Qumran versions) and the Bible and popular culture (esp. the Bible and the Early Cinema).  In addition to his teaching, supervision and research responsibilities in Hebrew Bible and its reception, Dr. Shepherd will be co-chairing the Biblical Studies Research Seminar, a joint initiative of the Religions and Theology Department and the Loyola Institute.

Departmental and School Responsibilities

Examinations Officer, Website coordinator.

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching

JF Jewish Origins and the Hebrew Bible: Texts and Contexts
SF Literary and Historical approaches to the Torah / Pentateuch
SF Joshua to Solomon: The emergence of Israel
JS The Development of Wisdom Literature
JS Prophets, Seers, and Sages

Recent Publications



Book chapters and journal articles:

‘Qumran Aramaic Version of Job’ and ‘Targum of Job’ in: (ed. Armin Lange), The Textual History of the Bible (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming, 2015).

‘When he comes, will he build it? Temple, Messiah and Targum Jonathan’, Aramaic Studies, forthcoming 2014.

‘Louis Feuillade’; ‘Gene Gauntier’, ‘The Golden Calf’ in: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, (eds. H.-J. Klauck et al.); (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming, 2014).

‘Aramaic Job (11Q10 and 4Q157)’ in: (eds. G. Brooke, and C. Hempel) T & T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls. (T & T Clark/Bloomsbury: London, forthcoming, 2014).

'An Orgy Sunday-School Children Can Watch'?: The Seduction of Spectacle and the Spectacle of Seduction in DeMille's Ten Commandments (1923) in: (eds.) M. Wyke and M. Pantelis, The Ancient World in the Silent Cinema (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 262-74.

‘Is the governor also among the prophets?’ Parsing the purposes of Jeremiah in the memory of Nehemiah’ in (eds.) M. Boda and L. Wray-Beal, Prophets and Prophecy in Ancient Israelite Historiography (Grand Rapids: Eisenbrauns, 2013), 209-228.

‘The Life of Moses (1909-1910)’ in: (ed.) Adele Reinhartz, Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films (New York: Routledge, 2013), 182-86.

‘Re-solving the Son of Man “Problem” in Aramaic’ in: (eds.) L. Hurtado and P. Owen, ‘Who is this ‘Son of Man’? The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus. Library of New Testament Studies (New York: T and T Clark International, 2011) 50-60.

‘Do you love me?’  A narrative-critical reappraisal of agapao and phileo in John 21:15-17, Journal of Biblical Literature 129 [4] (2010) 777-792.

‘Prolonging “The Life of Moses”: Spectacle and Story in the Early Cinema’ in: (ed.) D. Shepherd, Images of the Word: Hollywood’s Bible and Beyond. Semeia Studies (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008) 11-38.

‘“Strike his bone and his flesh”: Reading Job 2 from the Beginning’ Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 33 [1] (2008) 81-97. 

 ‘What’s in a name? Targum and Taxonomy in the Caves of Qumran’  Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 17.3 (2008) 189-206.

‘Peshitta (NT)’, ‘Peshitta (OT)’, ‘11QarJob’ and ‘4QarLev’ in: (eds.) J. Neusner, A. Avery-Peck, Dictionary of Religious Writings in Antiquity (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2007).

‘From Gospel to Gibson: An Interview with the Writers behind Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ’  Religion and the Arts 9 [3-4] (2005) 321-31.

‘Rendering Flesh and Bones: Pair Reversal and the Peshitta of Job 2:5’ Aramaic Studies 3.2 (2005) 205-13.

‘Prophetaphobia:  Fear and False Prophecy in Nehemiah 6’, Vetus Testamentum 55 [2] (2005) 232-50.

‘Violence in the Fields? Translating, Reading and Revising in Ruth 2’ Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 63 [3] (2001) 444-65.

‘Speaking up for Qumran, Dalman, and the Son of Man:  Was Bar Enasha a Common Term for ‘Man’ in the Time of Jesus?’  Journal for the Study of the New Testament 81 (2001) 81-122.

‘Will the Real Targum Please Stand Up? Translation and Coordination in the Ancient Aramaic Versions of Job. Journal of Jewish Studies 51 (1) 2000, 88-116.

‘MN QDM: Deferential treatment in the Aramaic of Daniel and 11QarJob?’ Vetus Testamentum 50 (3) 2000, 401-404.

‘Translating and Supplementing: A(nother) look at the Targumic Versions of Genesis 4:3-16’  Journal of the Aramaic Bible (now Aramaic Studies) 1, (1999) 125-146.

Analysis of variants to the Targum of Ezekiel in: Finley, T (ed.) A Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets: Ezekiel. Vols.15-17 (Series Ed. J.C De Moor) 1999 (E.J. Brill)

‘Before Bomberg: The Case of the Targum of Job in the Rabbinic Bible and the Solger Codex’ Biblica 79 (3) 1998, 360-375.


Contact Details

t: +353 1 8964796
ISE/Loyola Institute Building, Room 1.19


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