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Abigail Naidu

Theology, Divinity and Religion, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

The Temple Scrolls: A Literary and Material Analysis

My project involves a full material and exegetical study of the six Temple Scroll-related manuscripts. I am applying the insights of material philology to the manuscripts in order to reconsider the material evidence available to us. I will integrate these material insights with a comprehensive exegetical study of the scrolls’ contents, with the aim of shedding new light on their scribes and editors. I am interested in the evolution of the composition, and what drove literary elites to produce these scrolls.

Research Area

  • Theology, Divinity and Religion


Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

Scholarships and Awards

Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (2021-present)

Ulrich Simon Prize, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London (highest average mark in the department) (2020)

Scholar, Worcester College, Oxford (2002-2004)

Background and Education

I completed a BA in Theology at Oxford University and later completed an MA in Religion (Biblical Studies) at King's College London, graduating with a Distinction. I began doctoral studies at the University of Birmingham in October 2021.