The Revd Dr Megan Daffern


MA (Oxon.) Literae Humaniores. MA (Cantab) Theology and Religious Studies. DPhil (Oxon.) Theology: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

Research interests

Memory and Prayer in the HBOT; the Psalms; Hebrew poetry; the application of linguistic semantics and pragmatics to the HBOT; Biblical Interpretation

Teaching Interests

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Selected Publications

Keeping Company in the Psalms: Ethics and Exegesis, in H. Clifford and M. Daffern (Eds.) The Exegetical and the Ethical: The Bible and the Academy in the Public Square: Essays for the Occasion of Professor John Barton’s 70th Birthday. BINS, Brill, Leiden, 2022.

Imagining Prayer: Deepening awareness of audiences in the Psalms, in Southwood, K. E. and Morse, H. (Eds.) Psalms and the Use of the Critical Imagination: Essays in Honour of Susan Gillingham. LHBOTS, T&T Clark, London, 2022.

Twenty sermons in two volumes in R. Spiller (Ed.) The Canterbury Preacher’s Companion, Canterbury Press, Norwich (2019, 2020)

Songs of the Spirit: A Psalm a Day for Lent and Easter, SPCK, London, 2017.

Repeat the Song! The Psalms and the Eucharist, ExpT, 2016, vol. 127(12), pp. 585-595.

The Psalms: Places for Remembering, in J. Flebbe and M. Wolter (Eds.) Holy Places in Biblical and Extrabiblical Traditions. V&R Unipress, Göttingen, 2016, pp. 79-94.

The Semantic Field of ‘Remembering’ in the Psalms, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2016, vol. 41(1), pp. 79-97.

Other interests

Making and listening to music, both choral and instrumental; longer walks and shorter runs; Franciscanism; amateur gardening; countryside, the arts and heritage.