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The primary aim of the Centre for the Study of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity (CJCA) is to foster cutting-edge research on ancient Judaism and Christianity in the UK and internationally.

Most directly, it will be a vehicle for continuing to raise the profile of Biblical Studies at St Mary’s University by functioning as a hub for conferences, publications, grants, postgraduate students, and colleagues on research leave.

As a Catholic institution that stands in the Christian tradition, St Mary’s aims to be at the forefront of scholarship on the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, and the socio-historical contexts that gave rise to them. CJCA is an initial important step in attaining that goal.

If you are a potential doctoral student or a researcher looking for a sabbatical location, please feel free to contact the Director, Prof Chris Keith, at

Please note: CJCA was previously known as the Centre for the Social Scientific Study of the Bible (CSSSB).

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