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Prof. Jonathan Ben-Dov

Prof. Jonathan Ben-Dov (PhD Hebrew University 2005) is senior lecturer at the Department of Jewish History and Bible, University of Haifa, and Wise Chair of Judaism in the Ancient World. He was the youngest participant in the publication project of the scrolls in the Series DJD, and continues in studying various aspects of the scrolls. He worked intensively on scientific themes in the scrolls: calendars, astronomy, astrology etc., studying early Jewish sciences and connecting them with other attestations of science in the ancient world. In addition he is preparing a new edition of the cryptic scrolls from Qumran and studies various parts of 1 Enoch. He is preparing a series of articles on watchers and angels in the Aramaic texts and in Qumran in relation to ANE literature. In recent years he studies the history of the biblical text, especially the pre-Samaritan Pentateuch.

In 2016 he established – with distinguished colleagues and institutions mentioned in this website – the project Scripta Qumranica Electronica. This project aims to produce digital editions of the DSS, together with a desktop of lexical and graphic tools provided to the interested scholar. He formerly headed the inter-university research program ‘Jewish Culture in the Ancient World’, funded by Yad Hanadiv.

Prof. Ben-Dov teaches at the University of Haifa various courses on the DSS and related literature: Introduction to DSS, The text of the Hebrew Bible in the Scrolls, Early prayer, Calendars and Festivals, as well as a general course on Apocalypse. He is co-editor of the journal Meghillot with Prof. Menahem Kister (Hebrew University), and serves as associate editor of the series Studies in the Texts from the Desert of Judah (Brill publishers).


My home page: http://bible.haifa.ac.il/staff/jben_dov.htm

Researchers (in alphabetical order)


Prof. Devorah Dimant (emeritus)

Devorah Dimant (prof. em.) was born in Israel and educated at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem, where she obtained her Ph.D. (1974) under the supervision of the late David Flusser.  She became a leading scholar in the field of the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Jewish literature, particularly 1 Enoch and related compositions. She edited several Qumran texts, among them of the official edition of two unknown pseudepigraphic  texts,  Pseudo-Ezekiel and the Apocryphon of Jeremiah C, both in the series of Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (vol. 30).  She published numerous articles on various aspects of biblical interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and contributed several ground-breaking classifications of the entire Qumran library.  With Moshe Bar-Asher she founded a Hebrew annual for the study of the scrolls (Meghillot). In addition she organized and directed research project involving  publications of rewritten Bible texts, and cooperated with Reinhard Kratz from Göttingen in a project about the interpretation of Genesis in the Qumran manuscripts. She taught for 30 years at the university of Haifa, Israel.

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Dr. Eshbal Ratson

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Post-doctoral academic affiliations:
 2014-2016 The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv Uninversity
 2015 University of Haifa
 2013-2014 Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow at Princeton University
 2012-2013 Prat Fellow, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
2012 Megillot Centre, University of Haifa
Projects at Meggilot Center toether with Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov:
Translation of the “Astronomical Book” together with a critical apparatus and commentary
Examination of a unique creation account in 1 Enoch 69
A new critical edition of the scroll 4Q324d, written in a Cryptic A script

As an M.A. student, Eshbal was accepted into the direct Ph.D. track in the School of Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv.
Her dissertation is entitled: “The Conception of the Universe in the Book of Enoch,” written under the supervision of Prof. Bezalel Bar-Kochva and submitted to the Senate in January 2012. During this period she worked as a research assistant for Prof. Ran Zadok and Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov. 
Eshbal received her undergraduate training at Tel Aviv University, graduating with a B.Sc. in Physics and a B.A. (summa cum laude, in the Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities) focusing on Bible, Jewish history, and Semitic languages. Eshbal also studied Judaism for more than two years in the Beit Midrash for Women (Migdal Oz), Midreshet Lindenbaum (Jerusalem), and Midreshet Yiud. Her ancient languages skills include Aramaic, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Greek, Geez, and Arabic and her research languages Hebrew, English, French, and German.

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Dr. Liora Goldman

Liora Goldman received her B.A (cum laude) in Jewish History and Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a Teaching Diploma in Bible and History from the Kerem Institute (Jerusalem). She received her M.A (cum laude) in Jewish History from the University of Haifa, proceeding to specialize in Jewish Literature of Second Temple Period, including late biblical Books, Qumran studies, apocryphal and pseudepigraphal literature. She received Ph.D in 2008 (summa cum laude) from the University of Haifa, her dissertation being entitled “Bible Interpretation and Pesher Exegesis in the Damascus Document.”
 Under the sponsorship of an ISF Research Scholarship (2005-2008), Goldman produced a new edition of the Moses Apocryphon from Qumran (1Q29, 4Q375, 4Q376, 4Q408). Her postdoctoral research (2008-2012) focuses on the Aramaic Visions of Amram (4Q543-549) as part of a joint project between Göttingen and Haifa Universities funded by the DFG under the supervision of Prof. Kratz (Faculty of Theology, Georg-August-Universität) and Prof. Dimant (Department of Biblical Studies, University of Haifa), as well as on the patriarchs and Genesis in the non-sectarian scrolls from Qumran. Her current research focus lies on the figure of Moses in diverse corpora of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Students


Asaf Gayer

Asaf Gayer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa. His Thesis, written under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov (University of Haifa), deals with the absorption of stoic ideas in the wisdom text ‘4QInstruction’ from Qumran.

Asaf participates in the research project “A Re-edition of Cryptic Scrolls from Qumran: Enhanced Algorithmic Methods to the Aid of Textual Studies”. A joint collaboration of the University of Haifa,  Tel-Aviv University and École pratique des hautes études, Paris.  

Asaf’s MA thesis - "The Hymn of the Maskil in the Rule of the Community - A Study of Redaction, Form, Structure and Content in 1QS 9:25b – 11:15a" was written in the Department of Biblical Studies in the University of Haifa, under Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov. The Work deals with the two concluding pages of Serekh Hayahad, combining a new literary analysis with recent theories about the redaction of the Serekh.

Hila Dayfani

Hila Dayfanhila difnii is a PhD student at the department of Bible in Bar Ilan University. She wrote her M.A. thesis on “Transposing Job’s Responses to Eliphaz and Bildad in the First Cycle of Dialogues in the Book of Job”, under the supervision of Dr. Nili Samet. Her PhD Dissertation deals with “The Contribution of Variants Readings due to Graphic Similarity to Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible”, under the supervision of prof. Emanuel Tov and Dr. Nili Samet. In 2019 she joined the Scripta Qumranica Electronica project as a post-doctoral researcher.

Dayfani was a researcher in the project “Dating the Book of Proverbs on Linguistic Grounds”, directed by Dr. Nili Samet of the Bar Ilan University.

Her research interests include textual criticism of the Bible, paleography of the Hebrew script and its combination in textual criticism of the bible, wisdom literature and Qumran Scrolls.

Shlomi Efrati

shlomi efrati Shlomi Efrati is a PhD student at the department of Talmud and Halakhah and The Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in the Hebrew University. He wrote his M.A. thesis on “The Text of Rashiʼs Commentary on the 2nd Chapter of Tractate Baba Qama”, under the supervision of Prof. Simcha Emanuel. His PhD dissertation deals with “Pesiqata of Ten Commandments: Text, Redaction and Tradition Analysis”, under the supervision of prof. Menahem Kister. On 2019 he has joined the Scripta Qumranica Electronica project as a post-doctoral researcher.

Efrati is a Researcher in the project “Unknown traditions of the Babylonian Talmud preserved in the Cairo Genizah,” directed by Dr. Yoav Rosenthal of the Hebrew University, and has published a comprehensive study of a unique copy of the Babylonian Talmud, tractates Sanhedrin and Megillah, known only from the Cairo Genizah.

Efrati is a member in the Armenian reading group headed by Prof. Michael Stone, and collaborates with him on the study of Armenian biblical exegesis and retellings.

His research interests include rabbinic literature, pseudepigrapha and Qumran writings, textual criticism, and the development and evolution of traditions in various Jewish and Christian literatures of Late Antiquity.

Yoel Halevi

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Master student in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa.
Yoel has a B..A. in History of Antiquity and Biblical Studies from the Open University of Israel- the Department of History, Jewish Studies and Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude).
Fields of interest: History of the Iron Age in the Levant and Mesopotamia, Semitic languages, Law and custom in the ANE, Calendars

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Anna Shirav

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Master student in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa.
Her Master Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Ben-Dov, examine and analizing analyze fragment 81 in the wisdom text "4QInstruction" and deal with the question of the priesthood in the scroll.
Anna participates in the research "Scripta Qumranica Electronica".
During the master's degree with the cooperation of the scholarship programm Erasmus+ studied a year in the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Anna has a B.A. from the University of Haifa in the Department of Biblical Studies and the Department of Philosophy.

 

Dr. Arjen Bakker

Arjen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biblical Studies of the University of Haifa (since December 2015) and is also affiliated to the Faculty of Theology of KU Leuven. He studied in Amsterdam and in Leuven, where he completed his PhD under supervision of Eibert Tigchelaar. The title of his dissertation is: “The Figure of the Sage in Musar le-Mevin and Serek ha-Yahad.” His research interests include wisdom literature, apocalyptic literature, Qumran, Hellenistic Judaism, early Christianity, and more generally religion and culture in the Greco-Roman period. His current research focuses on the Books of Enoch, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wisdom of Solomon and the .letters of Paul.

Dr. Atar Livneh

Atar Livneh received her B.A. in Communication and Ofakim from the University of Haifa (honors program) and her M.A. from the University of Haifa in Biblical Studies (Dead Sea Scrolls). Her Ph.D (2011) consists of an edition and commentary to the Qumran exegetical composition known as “Pseudo-Jubilees.”
Her 2010/2011 post-doctoral study at the University of Notre Dame centered upon the Book of Jubilees, her current post-doctoral project at Center for the Research of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of Haifa/ the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem  focusing on the theme of “family in Second Temple Jewish Writings.”

Joshua Matson

Josh in front of the Jerusalem CenterJoshua M. Matson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Florida State University. His dissertation, “Digging up the Bones of the Twelve Prophets: Re-Evaluating the Manuscripts and Reception of the Hebrew Bible Minor Prophets in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple Period” under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Goff (Florida State University), focuses on constructing a reception and textual history of the Hebrew Bible Minor Prophets during the latter part of the Second Temple Period (250 BCE-100 CE).

 Josh is visiting the University of Haifa during the 2018-19 academic year as the recipient of a number of research fellowships, including the Orion Center for Dead Sea Scrolls Scholarship Research Grant. While in Haifa, Josh is contributing his research from the Minor Prophet manuscripts among the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Scripta Qumranica Electronica Project.

Josh’ MA Thesis, “Employing Deuteronomy: An Analysis of the Quotations and Allusions to Deuteronomy in the Dead Sea Scrolls” was written under the direction of Dr. Martin Abegg, Retired Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity Western University explored the concepts of using authoritative religious texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls community in an attempt to better understand the interplay between community writing and authoritative texts.

Dr. Nadav Sharon

Currently a Harry Starr postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University, Nadav was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Haifa under the sponsorship of Dr. Eyal Ben-Eliyahu of the Department of Jewish History during 2013-14. During the fellowship at the University of Haifa he focused on a comparative study of Flavius Josephus' last work, Against Apion, with his magnum opus, the Jewish Antiquities and coordinated the activities of the University’s Forum for Ancient Judaism.

Received a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Jewish History and Archaeology, and an M.A. (magna cum laude) and PhD in Jewish History, all in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of research is the history of the Jewish people in the Second Temple period, and his PhD dissertation, written under the supervision of Prof. Daniel R. Schwartz, focused on the end of the Hasmonean state and the beginning of Roman rule in Judea (67-37 BCE). He is currently working on a comparative research of Jewish views of Rome and the Roman Empire.

Research interests include Josephus and his works; Jewish-Roman relations and Jewish views of – and responses to – Roman rule; Dead Sea Scrolls; and the Books of the Maccabees.

 List of Publications

Dr. Romina Vergari

Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Biblical Studies of the University of Haifa, under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Perugia (2010), defending a dissertation entitled: Dynamic Representation of a Lexical Field. Survey of "Law" Nouns in Biblical Greek. Thesis advisors: Prof. Luciano Agostiniani (Chair of Glottology at the University of Perugia) and Prof. Ida Zatelli (Chair of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Florence).
Her current research interests focus on Lexical Semantics, Contrastive Semantics, Septuagint Lexicography.

Dr. Yigal Bloch

Dr. Yigal Bloch is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Haifa since October 2016. His M.A. thesis, dealing with early biblical poetry, was submitted to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2005. His doctoral dissertation, which offers a study of ancient Mesopotamia in the 13th-12th centuries BCE, was submitted to the Hebrew University in 2012. Since then, he has been carrying out research on Mesopotamian history and society of the Late Babylonian period (6th-4th centuries BCE). In the framework of the Dead Sea Scrolls project at the University of Haifa, Dr. Bloch is responsible for preparing a digital edition of the Rule of Congregation (1QSa).

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 13th volume of "Megillot".

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Digital Scholarly Editions Scripta
Qumranica Electronica Project

University of Haifa, Port Campus, Room 68 Monday 8
08-09.10.2018

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Issues of "Revue de Qumran" avalable now online at JSTOR

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you can download the fonts that were designed as part of the "Dead Sea Scrolls Project" here in the Link below

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 13th volume of "Megillot".

Table of contents and abstracts of articles in the following link

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Digital Scholarly Editions Scripta
Qumranica Electronica Project

University of Haifa, Port Campus, Room 68 Monday 8
08-09.10.2018

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Issues of "Revue de Qumran" avalable now online at JSTOR

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you can download the fonts that were designed as part of the "Dead Sea Scrolls Project" here in the Link below

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 13th volume of "Megillot".

Table of contents and abstracts of articles in the following link

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Digital Scholarly Editions Scripta
Qumranica Electronica Project

University of Haifa, Port Campus, Room 68 Monday 8
08-09.10.2018

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Issues of "Revue de Qumran" avalable now online at JSTOR

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NEW
you can download the fonts that were designed as part of the "Dead Sea Scrolls Project" here in the Link below

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 13th volume of "Megillot".

Table of contents and abstracts of articles in the following link

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Digital Scholarly Editions Scripta
Qumranica Electronica Project

University of Haifa, Port Campus, Room 68 Monday 8
08-09.10.2018

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Issues of "Revue de Qumran" avalable now online at JSTOR

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NEW
you can download the fonts that were designed as part of the "Dead Sea Scrolls Project" here in the Link below

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 13th volume of "Megillot".

Table of contents and abstracts of articles in the following link

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Digital Scholarly Editions Scripta
Qumranica Electronica Project

University of Haifa, Port Campus, Room 68 Monday 8
08-09.10.2018

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Issues of "Revue de Qumran" avalable now online at JSTOR

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NEW
you can download the fonts that were designed as part of the "Dead Sea Scrolls Project" here in the Link below

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 13th volume of "Megillot".

Table of contents and abstracts of articles in the following link

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Digital Scholarly Editions Scripta
Qumranica Electronica Project

University of Haifa, Port Campus, Room 68 Monday 8
08-09.10.2018

Link

Issues of "Revue de Qumran" avalable now online at JSTOR

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NEW
you can download the fonts that were designed as part of the "Dead Sea Scrolls Project" here in the Link below

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 13th volume of "Megillot".

Table of contents and abstracts of articles in the following link

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