Conference URTEX

Urtext, Archetype, Fluidity or Textual Convergence
The Quest for the Texts of the Hebrew Bible
International Conference, Metz, 5-7 November, Metz


Jennifer Andruska (Université de Lorraine)

Jennifer Andruska is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity with the project PLURITEXT at the Université de Lorraine in Metz.  She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge (2017). She is the author of Wise and Foolish Love in the Song of Songs (Brill, 2019), “The Strange Use of דגל in Song of Songs 5:10,” VT 68 (2018), and “‘Rape’ in the Syntax of 2 Samuel 11:4,” ZAW 129 (2017). Her research interests include the Song of Songs, Ben Sira, wisdom literature, textual plurality, intertextuality, ANE love songs, ambiguity in Hebrew narrative, cognitive linguistics and literary criticism.

Verónica Moreno Arjona (Université de Lorraine)

Veronica Moreno Arjona has been working as teacher of Biblical Hebrew (all levels), Biblical Aramaic and courses related to Bible (Biblical Geography and The Book of Genesis) at The Israel Institute of Biblical Studies since 2011. She did her doctoral studies on the collection of manuscripts 4Q384 - 4Q391 from Dead Sea Scrolls at the Université de Lorraine. She also holds a Master’s of Arts in Bible and Ancient Near East from the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in Akkadian and the PTOR Modern Hebrew. She earned two Bachelor's Degrees, Hebrew Philology (with honours) and Journalism, from The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

Eléonore Cellard (Collège de France)

Eléonore Cellard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Project Paleocoran, ANR/DFG at Collège de France. She studied Arabic Language and Literature, before turning to Arabic palaeography and codicology, and began research on early Qur'ān manuscripts in 2008. She is the author of Codex Amrensis 1 (Brill, 2018) and "La vocalisation des manuscrits coraniques dans les premiers siècles del’islam" in Les origines du Coran. Le Coran des origines, eds. François Déroche, Christian Julien Robin and Michel Zink (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres: Paris, 2015).

Ralf Elger (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Ralf Elger is a Professor of Arabic Studies/Islamic Studies at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg.  His research interests include early modern Arabic literature, modernist Islamic movements, Islamic mysticism and oriental travelogues. He is the author of Glaube, Skepsis, Poesie. Arabische Istanbul-Reisende im 16. und 17 (2011) and the editor of Kleines Islamlexikon. Geschichte, Alltag, Kultur (2018), The Piety of Learning: Islamic Studies in Honor of Stefan Reichmuth (2017) and Marginal Perspectives on Early Modern Ottoman Culture: Missionaries, Travelers, Booksellers (2013) (Academic page).

Ron Hendel (University of California, Berkeley)

Ron Hendel is the Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 1999 and has served as chair of Jewish Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, and the Graduate Program in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. He approaches the Hebrew Bible from a variety of angles – history of religions, textual criticism, linguistics, comparative mythology, literature, and cultural memory. He is the editor-in-chief of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition, a new critical edition of the Hebrew text, whose first volume (Proverbs, by Michael V. Fox) was published in 2015. He is also writing a new commentary on Genesis for the Yale Anchor Bible. In 1999, he received the Frank Moore Cross Publications Award from the American Schools of Oriental Research. His books include The Text of Genesis 1-11: Textual Studies and Critical Edition (Oxford, 1998), Remembering Abraham: Culture, History, and Memory in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford, 2005), Reading Genesis: Ten Methods (editor and contributor; Cambridge, 2010), The Book of Genesis: A Biography (Princeton, 2013), Steps to a New Edition of the Hebrew Bible (SBL Press, 2016), and How Old is the Hebrew Bible? A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study (with Jan Joosten, Yale, 2018).

Innocent Himbaza (Université de Fribourg)

Innocent Himbaza is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at the Université de Fribourg. His research interests include textual criticism and the history of the Old Testament text (Masoretic Text, Septuagint, Qumran Manuscripts, Samaritan Pentateuch, Vulgate, Peshitta, Targums), Jewish literature from the Hellenistic and Roman times, and translations and history of the reception and interpretation of the biblical text.  He is currently working on  an edition of Leviticus for Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ), and edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch of Friborg, a commentary on Malachie's book and textual criticism of the Pentateuch.  He is the author of Guide de la Biblia Hebraica BHS et BHQ (forthcoming),Mariage et bénédiction. Apports bibliques et débats en Église (2018), and editor of Making the Biblical Text. Textual Studies in the Hebrew and the Greek Bible (2015) and Un carrefour dans l’histoire de la Bible. Du texte à la théologie au IIe siècle avant J.-C (2007).

Jan Joosten (University of Oxford)

Jan Joosten (born 1959 in Ekeren, Belgium) studied theology in Brussels and Princeton, and Semitic languages in Jerusalem. He earned a PhD in Semitic languages at the Hebrew University in 1989, a ThD at the Protestant Faculty in Brussels in 1994, and a HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in Strasbourg in 1994.

For twenty years he taught at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Strasbourg. In 2014 he was appointed Regius Professor of Hebrew in the University of Oxford, and Student of Christ Church.

He is Editor-in-chief of Vetus Testamentum since 2010, president of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies since 2012, and honorary member of the Academy of Hebrew Language. He is married with four children.

Ingrid Lilly (Wofford College)

Ingrid Lilly earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible with distinction at Emory University (2010). She is the author of Two Books of Ezekiel (2012) and Cosmic Storms and Malaised Bodies: An Anthropology of Spirit in the Ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible, and Second Temple Jewish Literature (forthcoming, CUP), as well as the editor of Ezekiel for the Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition series (forthcoming, SBL).

Gary Martin (University of Washington)

Gary Martin is Senior Lecturer of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of Multiple Originals: New Approaches to Hebrew Bible Textual Criticism (2010). His research interests include the Hebrew Bible, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies and textual studies.

Corrado Martone (Università degli Studi di Torino)

Corrado Martone, PhD University of Turin, is Associate Professor of Hebrew at the University of Turin, where he teaches Hebrew language and literature and history of Judaism. His main research interests are the Second Temple Judaism, the Hebrew and Aramaic texts of Qumran, text criticism of the Hebrew Bible and its ancient translations. He is editor-in-chief of the international journal Henoch: Studies in Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple to Late Antiquity and secretary of Revue de Qumrân. Corrado has extensively written on such subjects, and is the author, among other things, of a critical edition of the Rule of the Community (Turin, 1995), of the first comprehensive annotated translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls into Italian (Brescia, 1996, 20032) and of a history of the Second Temple Judaism (Rome, 2008). His last works are two bilingual (Hebrew/Aramaic and Italian) volumes that serve as an anthology of some of the major nonbiblical writings from Qumran.

Noam Mizrahi (Tel Aviv University)

Dr. Noam Mizrahi received his academic degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, all of them in distinction (BA in 2000, MA in 2002). He completed his PhD in 2008, under the supervision of Prof. Avi Hurvitz of the Deaprtments of Bible and Hebrew Language. He was a post-dosctoral fellow at Harvard University (USA) and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany). Upon his return to Israel in 2012, he was named as an Allon Fellow of the National Council for Higher Education and was appointed as faculty member at the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies, and then at the Department of Bible of Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Mizrahi specializes in the philological study of ancient Hebrew literature, with special interest in the textual and linguistic aspects of the Hebrew Bible (including its ancient versions) and the Dead Sea Scrolls. His studies seek to illuminate the interconnection between textual criticism, historical linguistics, and the redactional history of biblical and post-biblical literature, with special attention to the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is the author of Witnessing a Prophetic Text in the Making (2017) and has published dozens of scholarly articles on topics related to Biblical and Qumran Hebrew, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, and their implications for understanding the compositional history and interpretation of the texts concerned (Academic page).

Andres Piquer Otero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Andrés Piquer Otero, PhD (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2003), is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His areas of research are the history of the biblical text and its versions, and comparative Northwest Semitic linguistics and literature. He is the editor of 2 Kings for The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition series and Textual Criticism and Dead Sea Scrolls Studies in Honour of Julio Trebolle Barrera. Florilegium Complutense (2012), as well as the author of Estudios de sintaxis verbal en textos ugaríticos poéticos. El Ciclo de Baal y la “poesía bíblicaarcaica” (2006).

Matthieu Richelle (Faculté libre de théologie évangélique, Vaux-sur-Seine)

Matthieu Richelle is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Faculté libre de théologie évangélique (Vaux-sur-Seine).  His research interests include textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, the book of Kings, the history of the Ancient Levant (Iron Age and Persian Period) and northwest Semitic epigraphy. He is the author of Comprendre Genèse 1-11 aujourd’hui (2013), Guide pour l'exégèse de l'Ancien Testament: Méthodes, exemples et instruments de travail (2012), La Bible et l’archéologie (2011) and Le testament d’Élisée: Texte massorétique et Septante en 2 Rois 13.10- 14.16 (2010). He is currently working on the critical edition of 1 Kings for The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition series and an exegetical commentary of 2 Kings for the Commentaires de l’Ancien Testament series.

Kirsten Maria Schäfers (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn/ Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Kirsten Maria Schäfers is a Research Associate at the Department of Old Testament Studies, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and a doctoral student at the Department of Old Testament Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Her doctoral thesis “In the Borderland. Num 25 and its literary and historical contexts” reevaluates the literary history of Num 25 in the context of recent Pentateuch models and the textual history of the Book of Numbers. Her research interests cover Pentateuch studies, textual criticism, Qumran studies and methodology.

Schäfers's publications include "Towards a Theology of Qumran: The 'Theological Dictionary of the Qumran Texts,'" JAJ 1 (2010): 322-328, contributions to the Theological Dictionary of the Qumran Texts (ThWQ) ("בוא – come," ThWQ I (2011): 379-407; "יצא – go/set out," ThWQ II (2013): 215-231;  “רשׁע – wicked,” ThWQ III (2016): 722–741), and “[...] and the LORD's Anger was Kindled against Israel” (Num 25,3). – Who’s in Charge and Who’s to Blame? Punishment, Intercession, and Leadership-Related Competences in Num 25, ” In: Katharina Pyschny/Sarah Schulz (Hg.), Debating Authority. Concepts of Leadership in the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets, BZAW 507 (Berlin/Boston 2018), 132‒158. Schäfers teaches undergraduate courses at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, the University of Cologne, and the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Stefan Schorch (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Stefan Schorch, born 1966 in Erfurt (Thuringia), is Professor für Bibelwissenschaften at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (since 2009). He has studied Protestant Theology and Semitic Languages in Leipzig, Berlin, and Jerusalem, finished his Dr.theol. at the Theologische Fakultät of Universität Leipzig in 1998, and his Habilitation (venia legendi) in Hebrew Bible at Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel in 2003. He teaches Hebrew Bible and literature of the Second Jerusalem Temple period at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. He is the editor of a critical editio maior of the Samaritan Pentateuch, the first volume of which has most recently appeared (Leviticus, 2018). His current research focuses mainly on Hebrew language traditions of the Second Temple period, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Samaritan reading tradition of the Pentateuch.

Pablo Torijano Morales (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Pablo A. Torijano, Ph.D. (2000), New York University, is Associate Professor in the Department of Hebrew and Aramaic Studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His research focuses on Septuagint and Second Temple Judaism. He is the author of Solomon the Esoteric King (Brill, 2002) and the co-editor of The Text of the Hebrew Bible and Its EditionsStudies in Celebration of the Fifth Centennial of the Complutensian Polyglot (Brill 2016), and Textual Criticism and Dead Sea Scrolls Studies in Honour of Julio Trebolle Barrera: Florilegium Complutense Project (Academic page).

Emanuel Tov (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Emanuel Tov (born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, emigrating to Israel in 1961) studied Bible and Greek literature at the Hebrew University and continued his studies at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Harvard University between 1967 and 1969. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Hebrew University in 1973.

Emanuel Tov is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a professor in the Department of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1986. He held the J. L. Magnes chair from 1990 until 2009 when he retired. He has been a guest professor at various Universities in Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. He received several research awards, among them the Humboldt Research Prize, Germany and the Emet Prize in Biblical Research (2004) and the Israel Prize (2009). In 2006 he was appointed Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and in 2012 he was appointed member of the Israel Academy of Sciences. In 2010 he received the Samaritan Medal for Humanitarian Achievement from the High Priest on Mt. Gerizim. In 2017 he was appointed member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

E. Tov has specialized in various aspects of the textual criticism of Hebrew and Greek Scripture as well as in the Qumran Scrolls. He has written and edited numerous books and articles, among them two text books. One of them, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, now in its third edition (2012), was awarded the Prize for the Best Book Relating to the Old Testament by the Biblical Archaeological Society in Washington (1992). Emanuel Tov is involved in several research projects, but since 1990, most of his energy is invested in directing the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project. Under his guidance thirty-three volumes appeared in 1992-2010 in the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series, including two overall concordances. Website

Martin Tscheu (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Martin Tscheu is a Research Associate for Prof. Dr. Stefan Schorch’s Samaritanusproject at the Institute of Biblical Studies at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg. As a part of his doctoral thesis, he pursues the intertextual references between the Pentateuch and the Book of Ezekiel, with a special focus on the textual tradition of the Septuagint.

Franck Ueberschaer (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Frank Ueberschaer is Professor for the Exegesis and Theology of the Old Testament at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg. He studied Protestant Theology and Jewish Studies in Wuppertal, Heidelberg, Jerusalem and Bochum. He wrote his PhD in Wuppertal about the notion of education in the Book of Ben Sira, and then worked as a minister in Germany and Switzerland from 2010 to 2016. Ueberschaer was Senior Assistant at the Faculty of Theology at Zurich and wrote his Habilitation about the textual and literary history of 1 Kings 11-14. He is the author of Vom Gründungsmythos zur Untergangssymphonie. Eine text- und literaturgeschichtliche Studie zu 1Kön 11-14 (2015) and Weisheit aus der Begegnung. Bildung nach dem Buch Ben Sira (2007). He is currently collaborating with a project compiling a synopsis of the four major textual traditions of the Book of Ben Sira.

Annette Weissenrieder (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Annette Weissenrieder is Professor at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg. She was born and raised in Germany. In 1996 she graduated with a Master of Divinity in Protestant Theology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany where she also earned a Ph.D. (with Gerd Theißen). While writing her dissertation, she worked as a Research Associate at Ockham Research Center editing the Dialogus II under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin. She taught at Friedrich-Karls University of Heidelberg (Wiss. Ass.), then from 2008-2017 at San Francisco Theological Seminary as Full Professor for New Testament and the Graduate Theological Union where she was a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty. She came to Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg in 2017 and she is also an ordained minister. Her research interests include New Testament theology, anthropology and understanding of God, ancient medicine and philosophy, especially the question of Religion and Medicine, and ancient "sacred" spaces. She is the author of Images of Illness in the Gospel of Luke: Insights from Ancient Medical Texts (2003) and the editor of Religion and Illness (2016), Borders: Terminologies, Ideologies, and Performances (2016), Verkörperung Als Paradigma Theologischer Anthropologie (2016) and Miracles Revisited (2016).

Benjamin Ziemer (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Benjamin Ziemer is Professor at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg. His research interests include the emergence of the books of the Old Testament in the light of empirical evidence, textual criticism and textual history, Masora, text statistics and number systematics, structural analysis and hermeneutics. He is the author of Kritik des Wachstumsmodells. Die Grenzen alttestamentlicher Redaktionsgeschichte im Lichte empirischer Evidenz (2019) and Abram - Abraham: Kompositionsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen zu Gen 14, 15 und 17 (2005), and the editor of Nichts Neues: unter der Sonne? Zeitvorstellungen im Alten Testament. Festschrift für Ernst-Joachim Waschke zum 65. Geburtstag (2014).