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Paul Joyce studied Theology before completing doctoral studies in Old Testament at Oxford, where he was Kennicott Hebrew Fellow. His first post was as Lecturer and subsequently Director of Studies at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, a Theological College of the Church of England. He then moved to the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer and subsequently to Oxford University, where he was University Lecturer in Old Testament and a Fellow of St Peter’s College. He was appointed as Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at King's in 2012.

He served as Chairman of the Oxford Theology Faculty Board 2008 - 2011 and as Head of Department at King's 2013 - 2017. He was President of the Society for Old Testament Study for its centennial year of 2017. 

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • The Exilic Age of Ancient Israel, especially the books of Ezekiel and Lamentations
  • The book of Amos
  • The History of the Reception of the Bible in Judaism and Christianity
  • Psychological Interpretation of the Bible
  • Reading the Bible in an Inter-Faith Context
  • Hospitality in Biblical and Intercultural Context
  • The Bible in the Modern World

Professor Joyce has extensive experience of supervising doctoral candidates, including in the following areas:

  • Historical, literary and theological topics in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible study
  • The History of the Reception of the Bible in Judaism and Christianity
  • The Bible in the Modern World

For more details, please see his full research profile.


Professor Joyce teaches or has taught in the following areas of undergraduate study:

  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Theological themes of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
  • Law and ethics in the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
  • Hebrew Texts

and in the following areas of postgraduate taught study:

  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Cosmology and Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament
  • Theology in Practice
  • Hebrew Texts

Expertise and public engagement

Professor Joyce is involved in public engagement (and consultancy) on the Bible in the Modern World, Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Migration and Hospitality in Biblical and Intercultural Context.

He is a member of the Georgetown ‘Building Bridges’ Christian-Muslim Seminar.