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Professor Hindy Najman

Hindy Najman is the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture in the faculty of Theology and Religion. Najman is also a faculty member of AMES and a member of the sub faculty of Classics. She is the founder and director of the Centre for the Study of the Bible at Oriel College. She is a supernumerary fellow on the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Previously she held positions at Yale University (2010-2015), the University of Toronto (2004-2010), where she was the Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies, and the University of Notre Dame (1998-2004), where she was the Jordan Kapson Chair of Jewish Studies.

Her publications have focused on the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism, especially on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic Jewish writings, with a particular focus on Philo of Alexandria, as well as Rabbinic Literature and Pseudepigrapha. Najman’s work rethinks central categories in Philological scholarship, including author function, textuality, the fragment, subjecthood, plurilingualism, and composition. She has authored the following books: Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future: An Analysis of 4 Ezra (CUP, 2014); Past Renewals: Interpretive Authority, Renewed Revelation and the Quest for Perfection (Brill, (2010) Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2003), and over Her forthcoming book Scriptural Vitality will appear later this year in the Oxford University Press series, The Bible and the Humanities.

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