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Dr Jonathan Stökl

Dr Jonathan StoklLecturer in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7088
Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Room 3.11, Virginia Woolf Building,
22 Kingsway


Jonathan Stökl studied theology at the Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel (Bielefeld) and the Humboldt University in Berlin before coming to do a graduate degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He continued his doctoral studies at the Oriental Institute in Oxford (Hebrew and Akkadian). After finishing his doctorate he spent two years at St. John's College Cambridge as the Naden Research Associate in Divinity, and then joined the ERC project 'By the Rivers of Babylon: New Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism from Cuneiform Texts', first at UCL, and then at Leiden University, before joining King's as a lecturer in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Dr Stökl's research focuses on the history, religion and languages of ancient Judaism, the Hebrew Bible and the world in which they developed.

His main interests are:

  • The History of ancient Israel and Judah until the Bar Kokhba period (ca. 140 CE)
  • The priesthood
  • Prophecy
  • Judean and Israelite Identity, particularly in the post-exilic period
  • Archaeology
  • Biblical and Classical Hebrew
  • Northwest Semitic Languages

Dr Stökl welcomes enquiries from students wishing to work on:

  • prophecy and prophetic texts
  • priests, rituals and religion
  • Classical Hebrew language and Epigraphy
  • History of Israel and Judah

For more details, please see his full research profile.


Dr Stökl teaches Biblical & Classical Hebrew and other Northwest Semitic languages, as well as modules on the Priesthood, Prophecy, Ritual, Law & Ethics, History and Identity in the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament and ancient Israel and Judah.

Selected publications
  • Prophecy in the Ancient Near East: A Philological and Sociological Comparison (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 56; Leiden: Brill), 2012.
  • Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East (Ancient Israel and its Literature 15; Atlanta: Society for Biblical Literature), 2013. Edited together with Corrine L. Carvalho.
  • Mediating Between Heaven and Earth: Communication with the Divine in the Ancient Near East (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 566; London: T & T Clark), 2012. Edited together with C.L. Crouch and Anna Louise Zernecke.
  • ‘“Gender Ambiguity” in Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy? A Re-Assessment of the Data Behind a Popular Theory’, in C. L. Carvalho and J. Stökl (eds.), Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East (Ancient Israel and its Literature 15; Atlanta: Society for Biblical Literature), 2013, 27-58.
  • ‘Nebuchadnezzar: History, Memory and Myth-Making in the Persian Period’, in E. Ben Zvi and D. Edelman (eds.), Bringing the Past to the Present: Images of Central Figures, in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Period (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2013, 257-269.

For more details, please see Jonathan's full research profile.

Expertise and public engagement

Media appearances:

  • Panellist in BBC 4's 'In our Time' with Melvyn Bragg on June 13th 2013 in a program on prophecy in Christianity, Judaism and Islam

Publications in magazines and online:

  • 'Propheten in Mesopotamien: Die Seher aus dem Osten', in Welt und Umwelt der Bibel
  • Editor for Hebrew Bible / Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies for Marginalia
  • 'Judean Priests and Levites in the First Century CE', for the Bible Odyssey, a project by the Society for Biblical Literature

Public presentations:

  • ‘Texts and Temples: Israelite and Judean Temples in the late Eighth to Fifth Century BCE’, Palestine Exploration Fund lecture at the British Museum, November 8, 2012.
  • ‘Female Prophets in the Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible’, Raphael Loewe Memorial Lecture, Institute of Jewish Studies, London, January 25, 2012.
  • numerous presentations to scholarly conferences, particularly on ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Prophecy, female prophets, and Hebrew Epigraphy
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