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Researchers (in alphabetical order)


Prof. Johnatan Ben-Dov

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.

Dr. 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).

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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. 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 (in alphabetical order)

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. Yigal Bloch

yigal bloch profile pic high res.jpgDr. 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).

Meyrav Brunn

Meyrav Brunn received her B.A (cum laude 1992) in Archaeology and  Eretz Israel Studies and  her M.A (cum laude 2011 [without Thesis]) in Biblical Studies from the University of Haifa.
She received a scholarship from Dr. Ben-Dov to accomplish a Thesis in Qumran Studies. She writes on Women in 4QInstruction, in the supervision of Dr. Ben Dov and Dr. Goldman.
She teaches History and Civics at the Bet Yerah high school in the Jordan Valley.


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.


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Dr. Eshbal Ratson

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. 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.

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