W. O. E. Oesterley

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Rev. William Oscar Emil Oesterley (Calcutta 1866–1950) was a Church of England theologian, and professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at King's College, London, from 1926.[1] His many books span a wide range of topics from Bible commentary and Christian doctrine, Judaism and ancient Israel to more general subjects such as Sacred Dance.

His father Emil was representative of the London-based German firm Ernsthausen and Oesterley in Calcutta, and from 1860 British Consul.[2]

Oesterley was educated at Brighton College, Jesus College, Cambridge (BD, 1902[3]) and Wells Theological College.[4] He was vicar of St Alban's Church, Bedford Park, Chiswick in 1923.[5] He was Rector of St. Mary, Aldermary in 1923 and had curacies in Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham, St. Botolph's, Colchester, St. Nicholas, Brighton, and Prebendary of St. Paul's, London in 1936.[6]


  • The Doctrine of The Last Things: Jewish and Christian (1908)
  • The Evolution of The Messianic Idea: A Study In Comparative Religion (1908)
  • The First Book of Samuel: The Revised Version. Edited with Introduction and Notes. For the use of schools (1913)
  • Books of The Apocrypha: Their Origin Teaching and Contents (1915)
  • The Wisdom of Ben Sira (1916)
  • Immortality and The Unseen World: A Study In Old Testament Religion (1921)
  • Sacred Dance in the Ancient World: a Study in Comparative Folklore (1923)
  • A History of Israel vol. 2; From 586 B.C.E. to A.D. 135 (1932)
  • An Introduction to the Books of the Apocrypha (1935)
  • The Gospel Parables In The Light of Their Jewish Background (1936)
  • Sacrifices In Ancient Israel: Their Origin, Purposes and Development (1937)
  • The Jews and Judaism During the Greek Period (1941)
  • Commentary on the Psalms (1939)
  • Proverbs (1929)
  • Studies In The Greek And Latin Versions Of The Book Of Amos
  • A Fresh Approach to the Psalms (1937)
  • Ancient Hebrew Poems (1938)
  • The Jews and Judaism during The Greek Period: The Background of Christianity (1941)
  • Wisdom of Egypt and the Old Testament in the Light of the Newly discovered Teaching of Amen-em-ope

With T. H. Robinson:

  • The Jewish Background of Christian Liturgy (1925)
  • Introduction to the Books of the Old Testament (1934)

With G. H. Box:

  • The Sayings of the Jewish Fathers (Pirke Aboth) (Translation and Commentary) (1919)
  • A Short Survey of the Literature of Rabbinical and Mediaeval Judaism (1920)


  1. ^ biography in Who was who: a companion to Who's who : containing the biographies of those who died during the period Vol 4: 1941 – 1950 1967 p862
  2. ^ Bulletins and other state intelligence compiled and arranged from ...: Part 1 – Page 756 1860 The Queen has been pleased to approve of Mr. Emil Oesterley, as Consul at Calcutta
  3. ^ "University intelligence". The Times (36775). London. 23 May 1902. p. 4.
  4. ^ biography in Elgin Sylvester Moyer Who was who in church history 1968 p313
  5. ^ Sacred Dance (Preface), February 1923. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  6. ^ Who Was Who.(1941–1950) Vol. IV. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1952. pp. 862–3.

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