Regius Professor of Hebrew (Oxford)


The Regius Professorship of Hebrew in the University of Oxford is a professorship at the University of Oxford, founded by Henry VIII in 1546.

Edward Pococke, bust in the cathedral of a 17th-century professor
Edward Bouverie Pusey, professor for more than fifty years, 1828 to 1882

In 1630, through the influence of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, a canonry of Christ Church was perpetually annexed to the professorship.

List of Regius ProfessorsEdit

Incomplete list:

Godfrey Rolles Driver twice served as acting professor during vacancies, in 1934–1935 and 1959–1960. However, he was not eligible to hold the chair outright, as he was a layman and the chair was attached to an Anglican canonry of Christ Church, requiring the holder to be in holy orders.[13] The university statutes were changed in 1960 to allow William McHardy, a Church of Scotland layman, to be appointed.[17]

The term of Jan Joosten was ended on 3 July 2020 in the wake of criminal charges for possessing images of child sexual abuse.[18]


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  18. ^ "Christ Church, Oxford: Update regarding Professor Jan Joosten". Retrieved 3 July 2020.