Olga joined Ridley Hall in 2021 to teach Old Testament.
In her teaching and research, Olga seeks to combine historical rigour and theological depth, recognising and respecting the historical situatedness of the Old Testament as a product of the ancient Near Eastern world and its enduring significance as Jewish and Christian Scripture.
She is passionate about inspiring the theological imagination and vocation of the Church in the secular age, especially through fostering the intellectual formation of those training for leadership, whether lay or ordained. As a priest and as a scholar, she aspires to inform the pastoral vocation by cutting-edge scholarship and rigorous study and set the scholarly vocation in serious conversation with the demands of parish life.
- Academic Background
- PhD in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, University of Cambridge, 2021 (Trinity College)
- MPhil in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, University of Cambridge, 2016 (Corpus Christi College)
- MA (Cantab), University of Cambridge, 2015 (Corpus Christi College)
Olga’s research interests centre on the literature, language, history, and theology of ancient Israel from its origins to the Second Temple Period, revolving particularly around prophecy, prophetic literature, and the scribal culture behind the production of the Old Testament.
As an ancient historian, Olga works to reconstruct the impact ancient texts would have had in their original historical, social, and literary context, with an eye on informing their reception in the modern world. Thus, fusing history with contemporary relevance, she is especially interested in the way a deeper appreciation for the social, cultural, and intellectual world of ancient Israel can bring the Old Testament to life for the 21st century audience.
Olga’s doctoral dissertation, currently in preparation for publication, reconsidered false prophecy of salvation in the book of Jeremiah as a product of ancient exegetical imagination.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals:
- “Rethinking Divine Hiddenness in the Hebrew Bible: The Hidden God as the Hostile God in Psalm 88”, Harvard Theological Review 114, no. 2 (2021): 159–81
- “Tradition as Innovation: Ancient Harmonistic Theologising in the Temple Sermon (Jeremiah 7:1-8:3)”, The Journal of Theological Studies 71, no. 2 (2020): 458–85
- Roles outside Ridley
Roles outside Ridley
Olga serves as Chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge and Curate at St Bene’t’s, a vibrant parish in the heart of Cambridge. As a University Chaplain, she has a passion for ministry to students and young adults, as well as for sensitive and well-informed religious leadership in secular environments and in cosmopolitan and multicultural settings.
Olga is an Affiliated Lecturer and a member of the Old Testament Subject Committee in the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge.
Olga is also a member of the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS), the Society of Biblical Literature, the Young Priest Theologians Network, as well as New Wine.
- Personal background
Born and bred in the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Moscow, Olga moved to Cambridge to train for Anglican ordination as an ordinand from the Diocese in Europe and spent six formative years at Ridley Hall from 2013 until 2019.
It was during her time at Ridley that she discovered a passion for the Old Testament. After completing her Tripos and MPhil at Corpus Christi College, Olga went on to pursue a PhD in Old Testament studies as a Gates Cambridge Scholar at Trinity College. Unable to stay away from Ridley for long, she returned to teach Old Testament in 2021.
Olga’s main interests are politics and religion, and she finds the old maxim that politics and religion should be kept away from the dinner table thoroughly disappointing.
Her husband, Simeon, has a PhD in Early Christianity and currently works in research development at the University of Cambridge.