Old Testament / Hebrew Bible

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies: Robert Wilson
Teaching Group in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible: John J. Collins (Divinity), Robert Wilson

Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (OT/HB) is one of the ten subject fields in the Department of Religious Studies. The program in OT/HB is designed for students who wish to prepare for teaching and research in the literature, history, and religion, of ancient Israel from its origins through the Second Temple Period. Students normally do work in all of these areas before specializing in one of them and are also expected to do a significant amount of advanced work in Biblical Hebrew and cognate languages. While students are encouraged to take advantage of Yale’s resources in other relevant fields, such as Judaic Studies, New Testament, Comparative Literature, and Anthropology, the study of the OT/HB remains the focus of the program. Students wishing to concentrate solely on the study of the Hebrew language should investigate doctoral programs in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

These guidelines are intended to provide information concerning the program in OT/HB and to assist students in developing a suitable program of study within the field. All students must work with the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for OT/HB (Prof. Robert Wilson) and the Director of Graduate Studies (Prof. Dale Martin) in order to define their own program. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the OT/HB faculty early in their academic program in order to discuss prerequisites and requirements and to design a course of study which will best prepare them for their qualifying examinations and subsequent work.

Contact Information

The Department of Religious Studies
P.O. Box 208287
451 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8287
Phone: (203) 432-0828
robert.wilson@yale.edu