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Dr Charlie Hadjiev

Dr Charlie Hadjiev

BD (London), MTh (Wales), D.Phil. (Oxford), PGCHET (QUB), FHEA

Lecturer in Old Testament Study and Hebrew

Charlie is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. He studied law in Sofia, theology in London and completed a doctoral dissertation at Oxford. Prior to joining BBC in 2011 he taught Old Testament at the Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute and served as the Academic Dean of the United Theological Faculty. He was a visiting Lecturer at the Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium and has been involved for many years with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. At BBC, Charlie has the responsibility of Postgraduate Programme Leader. 


Old Testament Foundations
Biblical Interpretation
Engaging the World

MTh supervision

Reading the Bible in the 21st Century
Contemporary Issues: Faith and Culture
The Church in the Public Square

PhD Supervision

Retribution in Chronicles: Ideology and Reality

My main research interests lie in the area of Biblical interpretation and hermeneutics. I am intrigued by the methodological issues which arise from attempts to combine historical and literary approaches to the text of the Old Testament with the desire to read this text theologically and relate it to the contemporary world. My current research centres on the prophetic and narrative literature of the Old Testament, with a particular focus on the Minor Prophets and the book of Kings.


T.S. Hadjiev, Joel and Amos (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries; Nottingham: IVP, 2020)
T.S. Hadjiev, Joel, Obadiah, Habakkuk, Zephaniah: Introduction and Study Guide (Old Testament Guides; Bloomsbury, 2020)
T.S. Hadjiev and D. Shepherd (eds), Hebrew Bible, Foreignness and Migration: Biblical Interpretation (Brill, 2018)
T.S. Hadjiev, The Composition and Redaction of the Book of Amos (BZAW 393; Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009)

Recent articles and book chapters

(forthcoming)      'Amos' in New Oxford Bible Commentary. Edited by Katharine Dell and David Lincicum (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

(forthcoming)      'Reading Joel Within and Without the "Book of the Twelve", in Book of the Twelve. Edited by David Firth and Brittany Melton (Tyndale House Monographs; Lexham Press, forthcoming)

(forthcoming)      Commentaries on Ecclesiastes, Esther, Isaiah 28-66, Daniel, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, in the one volume Central and Eastern European Bible Commentary, General editor Corneliu Constantinescu, Langham Partners Int. 

2020,       'A Prophetic Anthology rather than a Book of the Twelve' in The Book of the Twelve: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation. Edited by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer and Jakob Wöhrle (Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature/Vetus Testamentum Supplements; Leiden: Brill)

2019       'Hosea', 'Obadiah', 'Zephaniah', in Introduction to the Old Testament: Poetic and Prophetic Books. Edited by Silviu Tatu. Oradea: Casa Cartii [in Romanian]

2018       'Introduction: Images of Migration in the Hebrew Bible', Biblical Interpretation, 26: 435-438

2018       '"I Have Become a Stranger in a Foreign Land": Reading the Exodus Narrative as the Villain', Biblical Interpretation, 26: 515-527

2016       ‘Adultery, Shame and Sexual Pollution in Ancient Israel and in Hosea: A Response to Joshua Moon’, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41: 221-236


Charlie worked for a number of years for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) first as a General Secretary of the Bulgarian student movement and then as an Associate Regional Secretary for Europe. During this time he was involved with all aspects of student ministry, like discipleship, evangelism, and the training and support of students and student leaders. Charlie was also involved with the planting and leading The Crossroads Assemblies of God Church in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has preached extensively in Bulgarian and UK churches, as well as at student conferences and mission events throughout Europe.