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DPhil, 1991, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford
MPhil, 1988, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford
MCS, 1985, Regent College
BA, 1982, University of British Columbia

Classical languages
Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic, Greek and Latin.

Modern languages
English, French, Chinese Mandarin, Modern Hebrew.

Visiting and Research Positions


  • 2005 to present: Professor of Hebrew Bible & Second Temple Judaism, University of Edinburgh.
  • 1998-2005 Reader, Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, University of Edinburgh.
  • 1994-1998: Lecturer in Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh.
  • 1991-1993: Kennicott Junior Fellow, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, and Junior Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and St. Hugh's College, Oxford.

Visiting Professorships

  • Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, 2018.
  • School of Philosophy, Renmin University, Beijing, China, July 2014.
  • Department of Religion, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA, SummerTerm  2013.
  • Department of Religion, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA, Summer Term 2007.
  • Faculté de théologie protestante, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France, Autumn Term 2002.


Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: The Pentateuch and other Hebrew Bible
Texts (Leviticus, Habakkuk, Song of Songs)
Early Judaism: Judaism in the Graeco-Roman Period, Studies in Ancient
Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Early Jewish Texts.
Languages: Advanced Hebrew, Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, and


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