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Dr Jonathan Stökl

Dr Jonathan StoklSenior Lecturer 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 completing two Masters and a DPhil at Oxford University and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Since then he has worked at St. John's College, Cambridge, at the History department at UCL and in Area Studies in Leiden University under the umbrella of the ERC project By the Waters of Babylon. Jonathan joined King’s in 2013.

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.
  • Stökl, Jonathan. ‘“A Youth without Blemish, Handsome, Proficient in All Wisdom, Knowledgeable and Intelligent”: Ezekiel’s Access to Babylonian Culture’. Pages 223-52 Exile and Return: The Babylonian Context. Edited by Caroline Waerzeggers and Jonathan Stökl. BZAW 478. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015.
  • Stökl, Jonathan. ‘Prophetic Hermeneutics in the Hebrew Bible and Mesopotamia’. Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 4(2015): 267-92.
  • ‘“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.
  • Stökl, Jonathan. ‘Netting Marduk? The Concept of Hidden Transcripts and the Transfer of Cultural Knowledge from Mesopotamian to Judean Texts’. Pages 44-63 Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World. Edited by Mladen Popović, Myles Schoonover and Marijn Vandenberghe. JSJSup 178. Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2017.

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 13 June 2013 in a program on prophecy in Christianity, Judaism and Islam
  • Expert as part of Neil McGregor’s BBC 4 series and podcast ‘Living with the Gods’

Publications in magazines and online:

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