Professor Martin O'Kane BA, MA, PhD (University of Edinburgh)
Contact DetailsSchool of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies
Tel: 01570 424 866 (4866)
Sheikh Khalifa Building
Professor in Biblical Studies
Role in the University
- Professor in Biblical Studies
- Director of the Research Centre, The Bible and the Visual Imagination
- BA (University College, Dublin)
- MA (University College, Dublin)
- PhD (University of Edinburgh)
- Society for Old Testament Studies
- Society of Biblical Literature (Chair of Bible and Visual Culture section of International SBL).
- Irish Biblical Association
Areas of Responsibility:
- Undergraduate teaching in Biblical and Interdisciplinary Studies;
- Postgraduate teaching in Biblical Studies;
- PhD supervisor;
- Director of the Research Centre, The Bible and the Visual Imagination.
Interdisciplinary approaches to the Hebrew Bible, particularly those relating to the visual arts. Postcolonial approaches to the Hebrew Bible. Organisation of student study trips to Jerusalem.
Areas of Research
- Hebrew Bible.
- Bible and the Arts
- ‘Biblical Interpretation and the Visual Arts’ in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (Emory University, Atlanta). 2012.
- ‘The Bible and Orientalism’ in Ellen van Wolde (ed.), A Critical Engagement (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012).
- ‘Who is Esau?’ in Martin O’Kane (ed.), Bible, Art, Gallery (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011).
- ‘Biblical Art from Wales: from Text to Image’, in Martin O’Kane (ed.), Biblical Art from Wales (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010).
- ‘Wirkungsgeschicte and Visual Exegesis’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (October, 2010).
- ‘Visual Interpretation of the Book of Ruth’, Interpretation, 2010
- ‘Biblical Landscapes in Wales’ in The Bible and its Reception (ed. Mary Mills, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010).
- ‘The Prophet Jonah in Iconographical Tradition’ in Michael Caspi (ed.), Jonah in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009).
- ‘The Cave of Elijah in Theology and Iconography’, in J. Cheryl Exum (ed), Between the Text and the Canvass (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007).
- ‘Literary and Cultural Approaches to the Hebrew Bible’, in Patricia Kieran (ed.), Conversing with Catholicism (Dublin: Veritas, 2007).
- Entries on ‘Absalom in the Visual Arts’, ‘Baptism of Christ in the Visual Arts’ and ‘Ascension in the Visual Arts’, in Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Publishing House, 2007).
- ‘The Bosom of Abraham (Lk. 16:22): Father Abraham in Medieval Iconography’, Biblical Interpretation (Special issue, The Bible and Painting, June, 2007).
- ‘Concealment and Disclosure: The Function of Metaphor in Isaiah 28-32’, Revue Biblique 113-114 (2006), pp. 481-505.
- ‘Elijah as Founder of the Carmelites: Elijah in Carmelite Iconography’, in Michael Caspi (ed.), Elijah in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (NJ: Gorgias Press, 2007).
- ‘Isaiah 53: ‘Picturing “The Man of Sorrows”’ Religion and The Arts 9.1 (2005), pp. 62-101.
- ‘Visual Exegesis and the Adoration of the Magi’, Biblical Interpretation, 13.4 (2005), pp. 337-373.
- ‘The Flight into Egypt: Icon of Refuge for the H(a)unted’in Scripture Bulletin 31(2002), pp. 15-60.
- ‘Isaac Blessing Jacob (Genesis XXIII): Literary and Artistic Interpretations’, Scripture Bulletin, 30 (2001), pp. 3-24.
- ‘King David’, in J. Cheryl Exum (ed.), Beyond the Biblical Horizon (Leiden: Brill, 1999).
- ‘The Biblical King David and his Literary and Artistic Afterlives,’ Biblical Interpretation 6 (1998), pp. 314-347.
- ‘Understanding David: Reflections on King David, a novel by Allan Massie as an Interpretation of the Biblical Story of David’, Scripture Bulletin, 26 (1996), pp. 59-73.
- ‘Isaiah: A Prophet in the Footsteps of Moses”, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 69 (1996), pp. 29-51.
For Imaging the Bible in Wales project (and link to on-line database of images) see www.imagingthebible.org