I previously completed my undergraduate degree in Theology at the University of Nottingham in 2017 and then proceed to complete my MRes in Theology, supported by the M3C Masters funding scheme, also at the University of Nottingham, in 2018.
I spent a period away from study during which I worked in the private sector before turning to teaching in 2019, starting my PGCE in Secondary Religious Education at the University of Sunderland, which I completed in 2020.
I am starting my PhD in 2021, supported by Midlands4Cities.
- Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2021-2022
My current project, supported by the Midlands4Cities funding partnership and working with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson and Dr. Cat Quine, focuses on Hebrew Bible Interpretation and Reception, and… read more
Current and Prior Research Interests
Hebrew Bible Interpretation and Hermeneutics
Women in the Hebrew Bible
Medieval Jewish Theology, Philosophy, and Mysticism
20th Century Jewish Philosophy and Theology: in particular Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber
My current project, supported by the Midlands4Cities funding partnership and working with Professor Agata Bielik-Robson and Dr. Cat Quine, focuses on Hebrew Bible Interpretation and Reception, and its intersections with Jewish Theology and Philosophy, primarily in the works of Franz Rosenzweig. Focusing on the Song of Songs, which heavily inspired Rosenzweig's own theology and philosophy, my research will explore how the text has been interpreted by various groups: from the 'original' audience (as close as one can speculate), to Early Rabbinic, Early and Late Medieval Jewish Mystics, before culminating in a detailed analysis of how Rosenzweig was influenced, or deviated from, these prior interpretations.
As a result of this research, I hope to highlight the uniqueness of Rosenzweig's theology and philosophy due to his engagement with the Song of Songs, as well as how his engagements with translation and interpretations of Hebrew Bible texts influenced his relationship with scripture, theology, and philosophy.
During my undergraduate studies my research topics focused on Hebrew Bible Interpretation and Kabbalah, with an emphasis on the theology of Isaac Luria. This culminated in a dissertation, which led to me winning the Anthony Thiselton Prize for Best non-Biblical Dissertation from the Theology Department at Nottingham, that explored the possibility for a near full Biblical Hebrew translation of his poem Why My Desire, which has previously translated used Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. Throughout this project, I conducted an extensive word study to indicate the existence of 80 of 83 words found throughout the poem within the Hebrew Bible itself, leading to the conclusion that Luria was likely inspired by or using a Biblical Hebrew language system to underpin the composition of the poem rather than a purely Aramaic language system. This was then further explored by looking at specific motifs and themes used throughout the poem and how they may be rooted in Biblical Hebrew understanding of such themes, and in turn, how these Biblical themes influenced Luria's three pillars of thought: Tzimtzum, Shevirat HaKeilim, and Tikkun in the poem.
Following on from this, my MRES studies, which were supported by the M3C Masters funding scheme, centered around Hebrew Bible Interpretation and Reception of Proverbs 31:10-31. This project explored the potential inter-textual allusions within the text to other Biblical texts through the use of specific military, colour, and garment based motifs, arguing that the poem more closely resembled a heroic song of praise, rather an advice piece for young men seeking a future wife. Alongside this, I also examined how we should use the poem to understand the significance of the title eset-hayil, and how this title had been previously understood and interpreted, within Proverbs 31:10-31 itself but also the impact prior interpretations had on our understanding of this phrase within the book of Ruth, in which the title character features as the only named eset-hayil throughout the Hebrew Bible.