Prof. Martin O'Kane


Professor Martin O’Kane
Visiting Professor in Biblical Studies


Formerly Head of Theology at Newman University, Dr Martin O’Kane is now Director of the research centre The Bible and the Visual Imagination ( at the University of Wales: Trinity St David, where he also lectures in Biblical Studies. He has recently completed a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council project on biblical art in Wales and in June 2010 published a volume and DVD-ROM entitled Biblical Art from Wales (Sheffield Phoenix Press). He is currently a member of the AHRC Peer Review School and is on the editorial board of Biblical Interpretation.

Research Interests

His research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to biblical interpretation especially Bible and Art. He also has a keen interest in shared biblical themes across Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions and in biblical archaeology.

Membership of Professional Organisations

He is a member of the Society for Old Testament Studies and chairs the Bible and Visual Culture unit of the international Society of Biblical Literature and the European Association of Biblical Studies.

Recent Publications


Imaging the Bible: an Introduction to Biblical Art (London: SPCK, 2008)

Painting the Text: The Artist as Biblical Interpreter (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007)

Edited Books

Biblical Art from Wales (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010)

Bible, Art, Gallery (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010)

Borders, Boundaries and the Bible (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 313, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press/Continuum, 2002)

Chapters in Books

‘Who is Esau?’ in Martin O’Kane (ed.), Bible, Art, Gallery (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010)

‘Biblical Landscapes in Wales’ in The Bible and its Reception in Mary Mills (ed.) 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)

‘Elijah as Founder of the Carmelites: Elijah in Carmelite Iconography’, in Michael Caspi (ed.) Elijah in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (NJ: Gorgias Press, 2007)


‘Wirkungsgeschichte and Visual Exegesis’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (October, 2010)

‘Visual Interpretation of the Book of Ruth’, Interpretation, 2010

‘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


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