In the series of Thursday lectures, our students have the opportunity to present their research. Camilla Recalcati had the opportunity to give a lecture on her thesis and its progress.

  • Camilla, can you present yourself in a few lines?

I am a PhD student at the Université Catholique de Louvain in my third year. Originally from Milan, where I spent my childhood, I did a master’s degree in Classics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. During my master’s degree, I wrote my thesis on the Song of Songs, Hellenistic poetry and Egyptian love poetry.

After my master’s degree, I decided to continue my studies in Belgium to do my PhD in biblical studies.
As a continuation of my master’s degree, I decided to write my thesis on the Egyptian influences on the Septuagint of the book of Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus.

  • How and why did you come to work at the École Biblique?

After applying for a scholarship in the Holy Land, I was lucky enough to be awarded the École Biblique’s scholarship. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to live in Israel for a semester, to make great progress in the writing of my thesis and to discover from the inside a very rich country and history.

  • In your opinion, what are the advantages of studing here ?

First of all, I would obviously say the library and the working environment that we enjoy here.
I am also lucky enough to be able to take part in the Aramaic course given by Emile Puech, as well as the topography course given by Yunus Demirci. This allows me to make the most of my experience here and to learn a lot.
Not to mention the simple fact of living here, meeting other students and researchers, with whom it is easy to have fruitful discussions on many topics.

Watch Camilla’s lecture on our Youtube channel by clicking here.