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Prof. Robin Baker is Emeritus Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He took his BA at the University of London and his PhD at the University of East Anglia. He has also studied at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of University College London and a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Balkan Studies in Thessaloniki, Greece.



Robin's latest monograph Mesopotamian Civilization and the Origins of the New Testament was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. It illuminates Mesopotamia's contribution to the formation of early Christology.

His monograph Hollow Men, Strange Women: Riddles, Codes and Otherness in the Book of Judges was published by Brill in 2016 in the Biblical Interpretation Series. In this book, Robin examines the use of riddle and parable to convey esoteric meanings in Judges and how Judges explores the question of otherness. Find out more about Hollow Men, Strange Women.

He collaborated with Professor Simo Parpola of the University of Helsinki on Professor Parpola's two-volume Etymological Dictionary of the Sumerian Language, published by Eisenbrauns in 2016.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Book chapters

In press: “Mother’s Little Helper: Micah and His Big Idea,” in Characters and Characterization in the Book of Judges, ed. Benjamin Johnson and Keith Bodner, Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Series (London: T&T Clark).

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