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David Shepherd

Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Trinity College Dublin

In recent years, the representation of the Bible in the silent cinema has emerged as a key interest for me and others as we seek to understand its relationship to both the reception of the Bible in the 19th century and its subsequent interpretation in the cinema of the sound era.


Following academic appointments in Canada and the UK, David was appointed as lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Trinity in 2013.  In addition to founding and co-chairing the Bible and Moving Image programme unit of the Society of Biblical Literature’s International Meeting, David is currently secretary of the Society for Old Testament Study (UK/Ireland), vice-President of the Irish Biblical Association, a member of the board of the International Organization for Targum Studies and will shortly be taking over the editorship of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.  He is the founding and current director of the Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies (www.tcd.ie/tcbs).

In addition to his work in other areas of biblical studies, he is the author of The Bible on Silent Film: Spectacle, Story and Scripture in the Early Cinema (2013) and the editor of Images of the Word: Hollywood’s Bible and Beyond (2008), The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927) as well as the forthcoming monograph series, The Bible and the Moving Image (DeGruyter).  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    David's published research interests include the Hebrew Bible (esp. the Deuteronomistic History and Ezra-Nehemiah), the New Testament (Aramaic background and the Gospel of John), ancient translation traditions (esp. Aramaic traditions: Targum, Peshitta and Qumran versions) and the Bible and popular culture (esp. the Bible and the Early Cinema).