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Lesley Grant, Elrington Lecturer

My PhD thesis examined the development of women's status in the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Ancient Near East, looking at the apparent increase in their legal status as a side effect of state centralization. Ancient state development has remained a major interest of mine. More recently I have worked in the area of modern representations of biblical narratives and themes in popular culture, in which I teach a fourth year class. I have written papers on topics including warfare in Iron Age Israel, the centralization of the kingdom of Judah, and the teaching of Biblical Studies through the use of film. I am currently working on a paper on the ways in which Jonathan, the son of Saul, is represented in modern novels.

Teaching:

JS, Intermediate Hebrew
SS, Biblical Narratives in Popular Culture