Dr Hilary Marlow

Email: hm309@cam.ac.uk

Hilary Marlow is the Principal Investigator for the project "Science and Scripture in Christianity and Islam" and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She is also the Director of Studies at Girton College. She was the Course Director at the Faraday Institute until December 2016. She studied Biblical Studies at King's College London and was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2007. Her PhD research examined the Old Testament prophets in the light of contemporary environmental ethics and was published by Oxford University Press in 2009as Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics. Before joining the Faraday Institute in January 2013, she was a Research Associate for the Scriptural Reasoning online project at Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. Prior to this she taught Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in the Faculty of Divinity and was Research Associate in Theology and Science at the Faraday Institute. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Grove Books Biblical Series. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Steering Group for the Society of Biblical Literature Ecological Hermeneutics Programme Unit and on the editorial board of the Earth Bible Commentary Series.

Hilary's research focuses on reading religious Scriptures in the context of modern society, with two main emphases. The first is the Bible's depiction of the interaction between people and the natural world and relevance of this in contemporary debates on faith and the environment. This includes textual studies on the portrayal of nature, study of creation texts and their interpretation in later Jewish and Christian traditions, and theological and exegetical study on how to live well in light of current social and scientific pressures. The second concerns the ways that fruitful dialogue between different religious traditions may be enhanced by the practice of Scriptural Reasoning, in which religious believers of different faiths (in particular the three Abrahamic faiths) gather in small groups to read their Scriptures together. This includes the creation of online materials to facilitate such interactions. For many years she has been actively involved in the Christian conservation charity A Rocha and is currently a Trustee of A Rocha UK. She is also a Director of the John Ray Initiative. She regularly speaks on her research to academic and non-specialist audiences.

Selected Publications


 “The Human Condition” in The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion.  Ed. John Barton (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016)

“’What am I in a Boundless Creation?’ An Ecological Reading of Sirach 16 & 17” (Biblical Interpretation 22 (2014) pp. 34-50)

“The Hills are Alive: The Personification of Nature in the Psalter” in Leshon Limmudim: Essays on the Language and Literature of the Hebrew Bible in honour of A.A. Macintosh. Eds. David Baer and Robert Gordon (London: T & T Clark, 2013)

“Law and the Ruining of the Land: Deuteronomy and Jeremiah in Dialogue” (Political Theology 14 (2013) pp. 650-660)

“Ecology, Theology, Society: Physical, Religious and Social Disjuncture in Biblical and Neo-Assyrian Prophetic Texts” in “Thus Speaks Ishtar of Arbela”: Prophecy in Israel, Assyria and Egypt in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Eds. Robert P. Gordon and Hans M. Barstad, (Winona Lake: Eisenbraun, 2013)

“Creation Theology” and “Land” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. Eds Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012)

“Creation Themes in Job and Amos: An Intertextual Relationship?” in Reading Job Intertextually. Eds. Katharine Dell and William Kynes (London: T & T Clark, 2012)

“Justice for Whom? Social and Environmental Ethics and the Hebrew Prophets” in Ethical and Unethical Behaviour in the Old Testament. Ed. Katharine Dell (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2010)

Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics: Re-Reading Amos, Hosea and First Isaiah. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

“The Other Prophet! The Voice of the Earth in the Book of Amos” in Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics. Eds. Norman Habel and Peter Trudinger, (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008).