About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (JHS) is an internationally peer-reviewed, open-access journal established in 1996, to foster scholarly research on the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel’s history, and cognate fields of study.

JHS has received a Class A rating from the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR).

Open Access

JHS provides immediate open-access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Digital Archiving

JHS is archived with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Preservation Network, Scholars Portal Journals, and Érudit. These programs offer decentralized and distributed preservation of, and perpetual access to the authentic original version of the content. The journal also utilizes the LOCKSS system to create an archiving network among participating libraries, and it permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, JHS articles are included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), ATLA Religion DatabaseRAMBI, and BiBIL. The full contents of the journal are electronically archived by Library and Archives Canada. And JHS volumes are published in hard-copy by Gorgias Press as part of their series Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts.

Author Self-Archiving

Under the terms of the Creative Commons license, authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in JHS as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.


The publication of the journal is made possible through collaboration between the University of Alberta in Canada and the Alttestamentliches Seminar at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. Over the years, grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have supported the journal, as have many volunteers who have generously given their time and efforts to ensure the journal's regular publication. The editors would like to acknowledge Hélène Grosjean in particular for her dedication and service to the journal in recent years, as well as Rebecca Leah Niemeier and Jacob Emmanuel Schilling of WWU Münster, the journal's current editorial assistants.