Dr Csilla Saysell


Lecturer, Old Testament


Dr Csilla Saysell lectures at Carey Baptist College in Old Testament and has previously lectured in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at St John’s College, Nottingham (UK) and as a guest lecturer at Cranmer Hall, Durham University (UK). Csilla is originally from Hungary.



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Durham University)
  • Master of Biblical Studies (Distinction) (Durham University)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology (Distinction) (London School of Theology – Brunel University)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and German (Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, Budapest)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, Budapest)


Membership and Affiliations

  • Member of ANZABS (Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Biblical Studies)
  • Member of SBL (The Society of Biblical Literature)
  • Member of Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge, UK)


Teaching areas

  • Old Testament
  • Hebrew


Research Areas

  •  Postexilic period/Second Temple Judaism
  •  Ezra-Nehemiah
  •  Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  •  Pentateuchal Law
  •  The Sacrificial System
  •  Forgiveness and Atonement


Research Summary

Csilla Saysell’s PhD was on the intermarriage crisis of Ezra 9-10 exploring the way Pentateuchal laws were re-interpreted in the post-exilic period and considering how this controversial episode may be read as part of Christian Scripture. She is currently working on questions relating to the sacrificial system, atonement and forgiveness in the Old Testament.


Current Projects

  • Unforgivable Sins in the Old Testament? The Sins of Eli’s Sons and David’s Adultery
  • The Logic of Defilement and the Blood Manipulation of the Hatta’t
  • Messiah: Priest and King



  • “According to the Law…”: Reading Ezra 9-10 as Christian Scripture. JTI Sup. 4. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2012.
  • “Deuteronomy in the Intermarriage Crises in Ezra-Nehemiah.” In Interpreting Deuteronomy: Issues and Approaches. Eds. David G. Firth and Philip S. Johnston. Nottingham: Apollos, 2012. 197-208
  • “Ezra, Book of.” In T&T Clark Companion to Second Temple Judaism. Eds. Daniel M. Gurtner and Loren T. Stuckenbruck. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2017 (forthcoming).



  • University of Durham Doctoral Scholarship, UK (2007)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship, UK (2008-2009)


Contact Details

Phone: 09 526 6597

Email: [email protected]