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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. At BBC, Charlie has the responsibility of Programme Leader for the QUB Postgraduate programme. He is also currently a visiting Lecturer at the Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium. Charlie is currently interested in taking on research students.


Scripture and Context II (New Testament)
Scripture and the Life of Faith (Hermeneutics)
Old Testament Historical Books
Old Testament Prophetic Books
Biblical Hebrew

MTh supervision

The Place and Significance of Historical Criticism in Biblical Hermeneutics
A Theological and Literary Analysis of YHWH as a Character in the Narrative of Ahab's Reign
The Implications of Modern Biblical Criticism for the Evangelical Doctrine of Scripture

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

Recent articles

2018 (forthcoming) ‘A Prophetic Anthology rather than a Book of the Twelve: The unity of the Minor Prophets reconsidered’ 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)
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
2015 ‘Elijah's Alleged Megalomania: Reading Strategies for Composite Texts, with 1 Kings 19 as an Example,’ Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39:433-449 
2015  ‘The King and the Reader: Hermeneutical Reflections on 1 Kings 20-21,’ Tyndale Bulletin 66: 63-74
2014 'The Theological Transformations of Zephaniah's Proclamation of Doom,' Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 126: 506-520


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.