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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.

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: