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Eleanor Vivian

Theology, Divinity and Religion, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

The Function of Metaphor in the Depictions of Disability in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls

My project will investigate how metaphorical language is used to both describe and conceptualise disabled bodies in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The aim of my research is to expose the ways in which ancient authors and their communities considered and constructed boundaries, identities, and values in terms of bodily difference.

Research Area

  • Theology, Divinity and Religion


Leuven-Groningen-Oxford Dead Sea Scrolls Network, June 2019: 
‘An Understanding of the Hapax Legomena of the Hebrew Bible in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls’


Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS)

BRANE [Bible and Religions of the Ancient Near East] Collective

Lectures and Seminars

Theology Study Day - St. John's College, Oxford, September 2019:
'An Introduction to the Reception History of the Hebrew Bible'

Teaching Experience

Introductory Biblical Hebrew Tutor – Worcester College, Oxford (2016)
Supplementary Biblical Hebrew Tutor – St. Benet's Hall, Oxford (2018–19)
Supplementary Biblical Hebrew Tutor – Worcester College, Oxford (2019–20)

Scholarships, Prizes, and Bursaries

Junior Pusey and Ellerton Memorial Prize for Biblical Hebrew – University of Oxford (2016) Senior Pusey and Ellerton Memorial Prize for Biblical Hebrew – University of Oxford (2018)         

Exhibitioner Worcester College, Oxford (2016–17) Scholar Worcester College, Oxford (201718) College Prize for performance in MPhil Theology Worcester College, Oxford (2020)

Rebecca Flowers Bursary, Squire and Marriott Fund (2018–19, 2019–20)
St. Luke’s Foundation Personal Award (2019–20)

Education History

I completed my BA in Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford in 2015, graduating with First Class Honours. I then continued my study at Oxford, completing an MPhil in Theology (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies) in 2020, graduating with a distinction.


"Review of Psalms as a Grammar for Faith: Prayer and Praise by W.H. Bellinger Jr. (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2019)." JSOT 44.5 (2020): 57.

"Review of The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation edited by Paul M. Blowers and Peter W. Martens (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)" JSOT 44.5 (2020): 75.