HEKHAL was established by a group of four postgraduate and graduate students of Trinity College Dublin in order to facilitate research in Ireland in the fields of biblical studies, classical and ancient near eastern studies, archaeology and historiography,  towards a more comprehensive understanding of the biblical and ancient near eastern world and its texts.

HEKHAL will seek to fulfil this objective through the production and sponsoring of events and publications within Ireland, including conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures and web resources.