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Biography

Prof. Robin Baker is Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He took his BA at the University of London and his PhD at the University of East Anglia. He has also studied at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of University College London, a Visiting Scholar at Sarum College and a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Balkan Studies in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Publications

Books

Robin's latest book, Hollow Men, Strange Women: Riddles, Codes and Otherness in the Book of Judges  was published by Brill in 2016 in the Biblical Interpretation Series. In this book, Robin examines the use of riddle and parable to convey esoteric meanings in Judges and how Judges explores the question of otherness. Find out more about Hollow Men, Strange Women.

He has recently collaborated with Professor Simo Parpola of the University of Helsinki on Professor Parpola's two-volume Etymological Dictionary of the Sumerian Language, published by Eisenbrauns in 2016.

As well as writing further papers on the Book of Judges, Robin is preparing a monograph on Mesopotamian references in the Gospel Nativity account.

Other recent publications

  • (2016) The Book of Judges: a spiritual history? The Bible and Interpretation (online article; read it here).

Peer-reviewed:

  • 'A Dream Carries Much Implication': The Midianite’s Dream (Judges VII), Its Role and Meanings", Vetus Testamentum (in press).
  • 'A Mother's Refrain: Judges 5:28-30 in Cultural Context', Vetus Testamentum (in press)
  • 'Double Trouble: Counting the Cost of Jephthah', Journal of Biblical Literature (in press)
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