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The Book and the Sword

The Bible in the Experience and Legacy of the Great War

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Dr Matthew A. Collins

Dr Matthew A. Collins

Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism

University of Chester


Matthew A. Collins completed his PhD at the University of Bristol, where he also taught in the fields of Biblical Studies and ancient Judaism, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Between 2007 and 2011 he was based in Berlin where he co-managed the international and interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR) project, examining the cultural and religious influence, impact, and reception of the biblical texts throughout history. He is co-chair of the ‘Biblical World and its Reception’ seminar for the European Association of Biblical Studies, and his research interests include the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple sectarianism, constructed histories, and the Bible in popular culture. He is also interested in questions regarding the impact of the Great War on biblical scholarship and the use of the Bible in its memorialisation and cultural legacy.

Key Publications

Matthew A. Collins is the author of The Use of Sobriquets in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls (2009)

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The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Sep 01, 2016

This event will take place on 11 October 2016 at St George's, Stockport

The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Jun 24, 2016

Taking place on 5th October, this study day for clergy will address key questions on the subject of remembrance.

Book and the Sword Film

Jun 15, 2016

Dr Nathan MacDonald and Dr Andrew Mein have released a film explaining the impetus for the project and the role of the Bible in World War I.

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