Katherine Southwood
Lecturer in Theology


Katherine Southwood is a Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College. She is Fellow and Tutor in Theology and Religion at St John’s College, Oxford.


I hold the post of University Lecturer in Old Testament, and teach undergraduate papers related to this area.


My research interests are: interdisciplinary approaches to the Hebrew Bible; Israelite identity and religion; the post-exilic period; return migration; Israelite marriage practices and divorce procedures; ethnicity.

Recent Publications

Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological Approach (Oxford Theological Monograph Series). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Articles and Chapters
‘Will Naomi’s Nation be Ruth’s Nation?: Ethnic Translation as a Metaphor for Ruth’s Assimilation within Judah’ in Humanities (Open Access) 3, Special Issue ‘Translation as the Foundation for Humanistic Investigations’, 2014, pp. 102-131.

‘”But now … do not let all this hardship seem insignificant before you”: Ethnic History and Nehemiah 9’, Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok ,Special Issue on ‘Ethnicity’, 2014, pp. 1-23.

‘The Social and Cultural History of Ancient Israel’ in The Old Testament: A Princeton Guide Ed. John Barton. Princeton: Princeton University Press, in press.

‘The impact of the second-generation returnees as a model for understanding the post-exilic context’ in By the Rivers of Babylon: New Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism from Cuneiform Texts, Eds. J, Stökl and C. Waerzeggers. Berlin: De Gruyter, in press.

‘“And they could not understand Jewish Speech”: Ethnicity, Language, and Nehemiah’s intermarriage crisis’, Journal of Theological Studies 62-1, April 2011, pp 1-19.

‘Die “Heilige Nachkommenschaft” und die “fremden Frauen”: “Mischehen” als inner-jüdische Angelegenheit?’ in Zwischen Integration und Ausgrenzung: Migration, religiöse Identität(en) und Bildung – theologisch refleckiert. Eds J. Rahner, and M. Schambeck, (Bamberger Theologisches Forum, 13). Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011, pp. 61-82.

‘An Ethnic affair?: Ezra’s Intermarriage Crisis Against a Context of Self-Ascription and Ascription of Others’ in Mixed Marriages. Intermarriage and Group Identity in the Second Temple Period , (Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament). London and New York: T&T Clark, 2011.

‘The Holy Seed: The Ethnic Significance of Endogamous Boundaries and their Transgression in Ezra 9-10’ in Lipschits, O., and Oeming, M., (Eds), The Judeans in the Achaemenid Age: Negotiating Identity in an International Context, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns 2011, pp 189-224.

‘Ezra-Nehemiah’ in The Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament , Eds Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page, and Matthew J. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Dictionary Entries and Forewords
‘Ethnicity’ in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception , Ed. Leong Seow. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. http://www.degruyter.com/view/db/ebr

‘Ethnicity and Ethnography’ in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Ethics. Ed. Mark Brett. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Foreword to a republication of Smith-Christopher, D., The Religion of the Landless: The Social Context of the Babylonian Exile. Wipf and Stock, 2014.