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Position: Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish LiteratureCentre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester
Centre for Jewish Studies
Humanities Lime Grove
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Began his academic career as a Classicist, then switched to the study of Hebrew and Semitic languages, but has retained a fundamental interest in the problem of how to contextualize Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman world of late antiquity. From 1992-95 was President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Has recently completed monographs on the Targum of the Song of Songs, on the Targum of Lamentations, and on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the origins of western mysticism. Is currently working on (1) in collaboration with Prof. Loveday Alexander of the University of Sheffield, a collection of essays (The School of Moses and the School of Christ), which investigate the extent to which early Judaism and Christianity can be classified as’scholastic religions’; (2) a new introduction, translation and commentary on 3 Maccabees, which will throw light on the interaction of Jews and non-Jews in Egypt in the late Hellenistic period. He is directing two major AHRC-funded projects: (1) The John Rylands Cairo Genizah Project, which is cataloguing and digitising all the mediaeval manuscripts in the Rylands Library Manchester, to make them available on an open-access website; and (2) The Jewish Built Heritage of the United Kingdom, which is creating a descriptive catalogue of all the significant Jewish buildings of Great Britain and Ireland.