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Centre for Biblical Studies

The Centre for Biblical Studies within Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester is the principal home of all the University’s postgraduate and staff activity in Biblical Studies.

The Centre carries forward the work of the former Department of Biblical Criticism which established a world-wide reputation for Biblical Studies at Manchester, notably through the work of the holders of the Rylands Chair of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis: A.S. Peake, C.H. Dodd, T.W. Manson, F.F. Bruce, B. Lindars SSF, and C.M. Tuckett.

Research interests

Those affiliated to the Centre have interests ranging from Ugaritic Literature through to early Rabbinic Judaism. The study of the literature and cultural contexts of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament and of the New Testament forms the core of the Centre’s activity, but there are also specialist interests in early Judaism, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls.


The Centre provides facilities for postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars who may wish to spend study leave working in the strongly research-oriented Department of Religions and Theology at Manchester. Recent visitors have included scholars holding awards from the British Academy, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the John Rylands Research Institute.