Being Jewish, Writing Greek

Literary Form and Cultural Identity

— Speakers —

Sean A. Adams University of Glasgow

Sean A. Adams is lecturer in New Testament and Ancient Culture at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of The Genre of Acts and Collected Biography (SNTSMS; CUP, 2013), Baruch and the Epistle of Jeremiah (SEPT; Brill, 2014), and has edited volumes on epistolography, Luke-Acts, composite citations, and ancient scholarship. He is a British Academy Rising Star and a member of the British Academy's Policy Development Panel.

James Aitken University of Cambridge

James Aitken is Reader in Hebrew and Early Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on second temple Judaism, including the use of Hebrew and Greek among Jews. He is currently investigating the origins of the Greek Bible translation in third century BCE Egypt and its place within Egyptian society. Publications include The Semantics of Blessing and Cursing in Ancient Hebrew (2007), No Stone Unturned: Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary (2014) and the T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint (2015).

Marieke Dhont

Marieke Dhont is a postdoctoral researcher at the Université de Lorraine in Metz. She completed a joint doctorate at the Université catholique de Louvain and KU Leuven in 2016 with a dissertation on the Old Greek text of Job. She focuses on Jewish-Greek literature, including the Septuagint, utilizing contemporary literary theory and sociolinguistics. Her monograph, entitled Style and Context of Old Greek Job, will appear later this year with Brill in the series Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism.

Anna Lucia Furlan

Anna Lucia Furlan obtained her BA and MA in Classics at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) and is now a PhD student at King's College, London. Her project analyses the theme of the divine uniqueness and unity which can be traced to the polytheistic structures of the ancient Greek world, more precisely in the so called 'Orphic' sources, examining its development in consecutive periods from archaic Greece through Hellenistc judaism until its reception in the Christian era. Her research interests mainly focus on history of religions of the ancient world, and include ancient mystery cults, Orphism and Hellenistic Judaism.

Simon Goldhill

University of Cambridge

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge where he is also the Director of CRASSH. He has published on Greek of all periods from Homer to Nonnus, and on Jerusalem, especially in the nineteenth century. His most recent books include "Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy" which won the Runciman award for the best book on a Greek subject ancient or modern (2013); "Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity" which won the Robert Lowry Patten Prize for the best book on Victorian Literature (2012), and "A Very Queer Family Indeed" (2016).

Jill Hicks-Keeton

University of Oklahoma

Jill Hicks-Keeton is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She completed doctoral work at Duke University in New Testament and Second Temple Judaism and is currently completing a monograph entitled Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's 'Living God' in Jewish Antiquity.

Sylvie Honigman Tel Aviv University

Sylvie Honigman is Professor of Ancient History at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She gained her PhD in Ancient History at the University of Paris-I-Sorbonne. Her research is dedicated to the history and literary production of Jews in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, and to the history and literary production in Hellenistic Judaea in a comparative perspective. She published two monographs, The Septuagint and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria: Study in the Narrative of the “Letter of Aristeas,” London 2003; and Tales of High Priests and Taxes: The Books of the Maccabees and the Judean Rebellion against Antiochus IV, Berkeley CA 2014.

Stuart Thomson

Stuart Thomson received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, with a thesis on the interactions between early Christian Greek authors and the intellectual currents of the so-called Second Sophistic, focusing in particular on Clement of Alexandria. He has published on Clement, and co-edited a volume on the interaction between Greek narrative and the east; his other interests include early Christianity, elite education, and the role of literature in the construction of religious and ethnic identities. He is currently a teacher of Classics and the assistant chaplain at Christ's Hospital, a charitable boarding school in West Sussex.

Alexander Noak

Alexander Noak gained his B.A. in History and Theology at the University of Bielefeld and his M.A. in Biblical Studies at King’s College London. Currently, he is the research assistant of Thomas Witulski at the theological faculty of the University of Bielefeld and working on his PhD. His dissertation topic is the Sibylline Oracles and their attitude towards the Roman Empire. His particular research interest is the political dimensions of Ancient Jewish and Early Christian texts.

Eran Almagor

Eran Almagor received his Ph.D. in Ancient History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the co-editor of Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches (London, 2013) and The Reception of Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture (Leiden, 2017). He is the author of papers and chapters on the history of the Achaemenid Empire, its image in Greek literature (especially in Ctesias and the Persica works, and on Greek Imperial writers, particularly Strabo and Josephus. Among his major interests are the writings of Plutarch, especially the Lives.