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Lecturer in Old Testament

Dr Stephen Moore

I joined the faculty at Union College at the end of 2021. I teach Hebrew and Old Testament across both the undergraduate and graduate programmes.

I studied law as an undergraduate (St. Chad’s College, Durham), and then Theology (Oak Hill College, London). At Master’s level I studied Semitic languages at UCL and Assyriology at SOAS, London (2013–2015), before moving to Leiden University for my PhD in Assyriology (2015–2020). The latter was carried out within the framework of a Gerda Henkel Stiftung PhD scholarship. I have previously served as fixed–term lecturer in Assyriology at Leiden University (2018, 2019) and, most recently, as lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at Union School of Theology, Wales. 

My research focuses on the cuneiform texts and history of the early second millennium BC (the ‘Old Babylonian period’). The textual legacy of this period is particularly rich and the task of editing unpublished cuneiform tablets an open–ended one! I have two current book projects: one is a study of (legal) redemption in the Old Babylonian period, a re–working of my doctoral thesis, and the other provides text editions of an unpublished archive of cuneiform tablets housed in the British Museum.


‘New Borders, Old Laws: The Legacy of Rīm-Sîn I’s Edicts and Babylon’s Policy towards Conquered Larsa’, in Marine Béranger, Francesca Nebiolo and Nele Ziegler (eds), Dieux, rois et capitals dans le Proche-Orient ancient. Compte rendu de la LXVe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (Paris, 8-12 juillet 2019), (Leuven-Paris-Bristol, CT, 2023), 947-963.

‘Ransom and Quittance in Early Old Babylonian Sippar: A New Text’, Revue d’Assyriologie et d’archéologie Orientale 116 (2022), 69–78.

Review of Sumerian Model Contracts from the Old Babylonian Period in the Hilprecht Collection Jena. By Gabriella Spada, Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXVI no.3-4 (2019), 278-280.

Review of Prozessrecht und Eid: Recht und Rechtsfindung in antiken Kulturen, Teil 1. Edited by Heinz Barta, Martin Lang and Robert Rollinger, Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXVI no.3-4 (2019), 271-278.

‘An Edict of Rīm-Sîn I of Larsa’, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires (2018), 67.

Review of Gods, Kings, and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. By Dominique Charpin, Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXIV no.1-2 (2017), 113-117.