Thea Gomelauri is a biblical scholar and director of the Oxford Interfaith Forum. She is a recipient of the Interfaith Youth Core Award 2021 for Interfaith Leadership in Multifaith World.

Thea has a vast experience of research, teaching, management, and consultancy in different international contexts. She is a recipient of multiple research and teaching grants, including the Robert S. McNamara Fellowship at the World Bank Institute, the International OSI Policy Fellowship at the Open Society Institute, the Curriculum Development Fellowship at Central European University, and the European Commission Tempus Program.

With the Curriculum Resource Centre of Central European University, Thea developed and taught a new course at the Tbilisi State University on The Role of International Organizations in Economic and Political Development of Transition Countries. At different times, she worked on research and consultancy assignments with the EBRD, UNDP, and UNHCR in troubled and war-torn regions of the world.  Thea’s professional experience helped her realise that faith-related matters interested her most. Her academic interests have shifted to Biblical Studies and Comparative Biblical Exegesis.

Thea has presented papers at the British Association of Jewish Studies, the International Conference of Patristic Studies, and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. Her current research interests include: Biblical Exegesis, Reception History of the Bible, and Biblical Manuscripts. 

Thea is a member of Jewish-Muslim Research Network, Bible and Religions of the Ancient Near East Collective, and the British and Irish Association of Jewish Studies. She convenes the International Reading Group on the Hebrew Bible Manuscripts.

PUBLICATIONS:

Gomelauri, T. (2021) Satan between the Sages and the Fathers, (ed) Markus Vinzent. Studia Patristica. Leuven: Peeters, 2021, 385–97.

Gomelauri, T. (2021) Women in the Bible, Jaime Clark-Soles, Westminster John Knox Press, 2020 (ISBN 978-0-66-423401-0), , Reviews in Religions and Theology, 28:3, 263-65. https://doi.org/10.1111/rirt.14015

Gomelauri, T. (2020) The Land and Its People: 1-2 Kings, Johanna W.H.Van Wijk-Bos. William B Eerdmans Publishing Company. Reviews in Religions and Theology, 28:2, 231-33. https://doi/10.1111/rirt.14001

Gomelauri, T. (2021) David in Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical Psalms, Vivian L. Johnson, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2020 (ISBN 978-0-5676-9205-4), Reviews in Religions and Theology, 28:1, 69-71. https://doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13943

Gomelauri, T. (2020) The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar, Eitan P. Fishbane, Oxford University Press, 2018. (ISBN 978-0-19-994863-5), Reviews in Religions and Theology, 27:4, 518-520. https://doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13896

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS:
The Lailashi Codex
Theological Anti-Semitism
Scottish Episcopal Church and the G-d of Israel

CONFERENCE PAPERS:

King David Code: Mystery of Psalm 30. LOGOS Fellows webinar, Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO). 13 April, 2022.

Job in Crisis. The Annual Conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies on World in Crisis: Reflections and Responses from Antiquity to the Present. University of Southampton and the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. 5-7 July, 2021.

The Book of Job: Enigma. The Oxford Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews. 26 October, 2020.

Responsible Reading of Sacred Scriptures of the Religious Other. Conference of the Inter Faith Theological Advisory Group of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on Crossing Boundaries of Faith – towards a Christian Theological Understanding of Inter-religious Ritual Participation: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities. Glasgow, Scotland. 3-5 March, 2020.

Exegetical (Ex)change: Jewish ‘Satan’ vs. Christian ‘Demon’. XVIII Quadrennial International Conference on Patristic Studies. University of Oxford. 19-24 August, 2019.

When Commentary is Not Commentary: the Reception Commentary of 1 Kings 1-2. The Annual Conference of British Association of Jewish Studies on What is commentary? The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the University of Oxford. 22-24 July, 2019.

Reading Job through the Lens of Moses. The Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion Annual Conference on Compassion and Theodicy: Practice, Thought, and Tradition. The University of Oxford. 19-20 July, 2019.

What Would You Do on the Worst Day of Your Life? The Pointers by King David. The Oxford Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews. Pusey House. 23 January, 2019.

Moses about Moses: Unusual Letters of the Torah. The Oxford Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews. 22 November, 2018.

King David in the Great Scriptures v. Modern Biblical Scholarship. Study Day on The Great Scriptures: 500 years since the publishing of the Great Scriptures – Mikraot Gadolot. The Oxford University Chabad Society. 18 November, 2018.

The Puzzle of Psalm 30. The Oxford Psalms Network. The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) at the University of Oxford. Pusey House. 12 June, 2018