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Position: Leverhulme Early Career FellowDepartment of Theology & Religious Studies, King's College London
Department of Theology & Religious Studies
Virginia Woolf Building
Teaches (T) and/or researches (R) in:
1. Bible and Related Literature: TR
Modern interpretation: TR
2. History of the Jewish People: TR
14: Modern: R
5. Rabbinic Literature: TR
Dr Benjamin Williams is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Theology & Religious Studies. He is carrying out a three-year project on the reception of the Hebrew Bible in the Sixteenth Century entitled “Reading the Bible in the Ottoman Empire: A New Chapter in Early Modern Jewish Exegesis”.
Dr Williams studied at Oxford University where his doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Joanna Weinberg, was entitled “Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century: The Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher”. He then taught rabbinic and medieval Hebrew texts at Oxford and at Leo Baeck College.
In addition to early modern Jewish scholarship, Dr Williams’ research interests include midrash, kabbalah and medieval Jewish and Christian biblical exegesis.