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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 Nathan MacDonald

Dr Nathan MacDonald


University Lecturer in Hebrew Bible

Cambridge University


Nathan MacDonald studied Theology and Hebrew at the University of Cambridge before completing his PhD at the University of Durham. From 2001 until 2009 he taught Old Testament as Lecturer and later Reader at the University of St Andrews before leading a research team at the University of Göttingen. In 2013 he returned to Cambridge as Lecturer in Hebrew Bible. His research interests include the Pentateuch, and the use of warfare texts in biblical theology and history of Israelite religion. He is currently the managing editor of the Journal of the Bible and Its Reception.

Key Publications

Dr MacDonald has published widely on the Pentateuch and its interpretation. His most recent book Priestly Rule: Polemic and Biblical Interpretation in Ezekiel 44 was published in 2015.

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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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