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Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies

Teaching staff

Name Affiliation Position Research Interests
Prof. David Abulafia History Professor of Mediterranean History Maritime history
Dr James Aitken Divinity Lecturer in Hebrew, Old Testament and Second Temple Studies Old Testament and Second Temple Studies; LXX and Koine Greek
Dr Ruth Davis Music Reader in Ethnomusicology Music of North Africa, the Middle East, and the wider Mediterranean
Dr Katharine Dell Divinity Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology Hebrew Bible and Wisdom Literature
Prof Simon Goldhill Classics Professor of Greek Literature and Culture Greek Tragedy; Greek Culture; Literary Theory; Later Greek Literature; Reception
Dr Aaron D Hornkohl FAMES Language Teaching Officer in Hebrew Hebrew Language, Semitic Philology, Linguistic Periodisation and Diachronic Philology, Textual Criticism, Bible Translation
Prof. Geoffrey Khan FAMES Regius Professor of Hebrew Hebrew and Semitic Philology
Prof Judith Lieu Classics Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity New Testament, Second-century Christianity, the early church in their Jewish and Greco-Roman context, gender and the early church
Dr Nathan MacDonald Divinity Lecturer in Hebrew Bible Pentateuch; Former Prophets; Isaiah; Ezekiel
Dr Ben Outhwaite University Library Head of the Genizah Research Unit Medieval Hebrew Language and the Cairo Genizah Documents
Dr Yaron Peleg FAMES Kennedy Leigh Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Modern Hebrew Literature and Contemporary Israeli Culture
Dr Michael Rand FAMES Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic Piyyut (Medieval Hebrew Poetry)
Dr Daniel H. Weiss Divinity Polonsky-Coexist Lecturer in Jewish Studies Modern Jewish thought and philosophy, Interreligious dialogue and communication, Literary, ethical, and philosophical approaches to biblical and rabbinic literature
Dr Peter Williams Tyndale House Affiliated Lecturer, Warden, Tyndale House Early Bible Translations, Textual Criticism, Syriac

Emeritus Staff

Name Affiliation Position Research Interests
Prof. Graham Davies Divinity Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew Inscriptions, Semitic Philology, Old Testament
Prof. Nicholas de Lange Divinity Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Jewish Studies Byzantine Judaism
Prof. David Ford Divinity Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity  
Prof. Robert Gordon FAMES Regius Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Old Testament
The Rev. Prof. William Norbury Divinity Professor Emeritus of Jewish and Early Christian Studies Graeco-Roman World, Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Hebrew

Affiliated Staff

Name Position Research Interests
Catherine Ansorge Near Eastern Department, Cambridge University Library Historical Bibliography and Manuscript Codicology; Acquisition and Cataloguing of Hebrew Publications into the UL Collections.
Dr Tali Artman Research Associate in Israel Studies Hebrew Literature (Folk, Rabbinic/Talmudic), Early Christianity, Digital Humanities, History, Cultural Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Mythology
Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, CRASHH Early modern and modern European intellectual history and the history of scholarship
Dr Gabriele Ferrario Research Associate, Genizah Research Unit Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic Alchemy, Magic and Science
Dr Shai Heijmans Research Associate, Gesenius Hebrew Grammar Revision Project

Rabbinic Hebrew, Hebrew Language Traditions, Biblical Hebrew, Jewish Aramaic, Hebrew Manuscripts, Koine Greek

Dr Julia Krivoruchko Research Associate, Genizah Research Unit Judaeo-Greek, Sociolinguistics, Historical Linguistics
Dr Kim Phillips Research Associate, Genizah Research Unit Old Testament, Medieval Hebrew, Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Hebrew, Middle Ages
Dr Melonie Schmierer-Lee Research Associate, Genizah Research Unit

Hebrew and Aramaic Documentary Material in the Cairo Genizah

Dr Nadia Vidro Affiliated Researcher (FAMES / UCL) History of Hebrew Linguistics
Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner Junior Research Fellow, Woolf Institute; Research Associate, Genizah Research Unit Social Linguistics, Judaeo-Arabic and Arabic manuscripts

PhD Students

Name Faculty Research Topic Supervisor
Oz Aloni FAMES 'The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Zakho' Prof. Geoffrey Khan
Jennifer Andrushka Divinity 'Intertextual Connections between Proverbs and Song of Songs' Dr Katharine Dell
Lindsey Askin Divinity 'Scribal Culture and the Book of Ben Sira' Dr James Aitken
Samuel Blapp FAMES 'A Comparative Study of the Tiberian Vocalisation Traditions of Biblical Hebrew.
Evidence from the Cairo Genizah'
Prof. Geoffrey Khan
Magdalen Connolly FAMES 'Egyptian Judaeo-Arabic of the Ottoman Period from the Cairo Genizah Collections' Prof. Geoffrey Khan
Bruno Clifton, OP Divinity 'Contextualisation of the Book of Judges'  
Olga Fabrikantova Divinity 'The Book of Jeremiah: Scribalism and Prophecy'  
Li Huiruo FAMES 'Literary Reflections of Nationalism' Dr Yaron Peleg
Arthur Keefer Divinity

'The Didactic Function of Proverbs 1–9 for the Interpretation of Prov 10:1–22:16'

Dr Katharine Dell
Luca Koronli  

'The Syriac Tradition of the Ahiqar Story and its Transmission to Central Asia'

Johan Lundberg FAMES

'The Verbal System and Subordination in Syriac'

Prof. Geoffrey Khan
Brittany Melton Divinity 'Divine Presence and Absence in the Megilloth' Dr Katharine Dell
Suzie Millar Divinity 'Openness in the Book of Proverbs' Dr Katharine Dell

Rosalie Moloney

Divinity 'Putting Tamar in her Place (Genesis 38)'  
Peter D. Myers FAMES 'Hebrew Phonology: Transcription of Hebrew in Greek Script' Prof. Geoffrey Khan
Andrew Niggemann Divinity Hebrew Bible, Jewish Christian Studies  
Susannah Pearce FAMES 'Zionism and Nature in Modern Hebrew Literature' Dr Yaron Peleg
William Ross Divinity 'A Lexical Study of Greek Judges' Dr James Aitken
Daniel Ryan Divinity 'Coins of Alexander Jannaeus and Jewish Identity' Dr James Aitken
Sebastian Selvén Divinity 'The Jewish and Christian Interpretation of Isaiah 6.3 and its Liturgical Significance'  
Simon Walsh Divinity A reconsideration of the literary genre of the War Scroll (1QM)' Dr James Aitken
Nick Widdows Divinity 'Educating for Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs' Dr Katharine Dell
Luke Wisley Divinity 'Wise King? Solomon in the Canon' Dr Katharine Dell


Dr Katharine Dell

MPhil Students

Name Faculty Research Topic  
Dorota Molin FAMES 'Biblical citations in the Aramaic Incantation Bowls' Prof Geoffrey Khan
Honoria Connolly FAMES 'Massoret ha-Massoret and its reception by Renaissance Christian Hebraists' Dr Michael Rand

Visiting Researcher

Stefan Goltzberg

Talmudic Studies, Linguistics and Philosophy


Research and teaching in the field of Jewish Studies take place in a variety of faculties and departments across the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies is an initiative whose objective is to join up this activity and communicate the range of expertise and wealth of research in the field that currently exists in the university. The Forum meets once a term to exchange information and ideas. It is hoped that it will encourage wider participation and a variety of perspectives.

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