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Prof. dr. Hagit Amirav

Prof. dr. Hagit Amirav

Hagit Amirav is University Senior Lecturer in Early Christian Studies at VU University Amsterdam, and ERC Fellow. Her research profile covers a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines relating to the Graeco-Roman world. She has a B.A. degree (1995; magna cum laude) in Classics (Greek and Roman languages and literature) from Tel Aviv University; following a study period in Toronto (1996), she obtained a second degree (M.St.) in Greek and Roman history from the University of Oxford (1997), and a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Greek and Roman history (2001), at the same university.

Her thesis about John Chrysostom, published by Peeters Publishers in 2003, approaches theological texts using historical and literary methods. The subject of her forthcoming book about the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) highlights her interest in language use in imperial and ceremonial ritual. Some of her other subjects of interest are historical texts as literature and the rhetorical use of language in historical texts, such as Ammianus Marcellinus and recently, also in legal texts. Prof. Amirav is a contributor to the Oxford-based project The Oxyrhynchus Papyri in which she focuses mainly on Greek magical papyri. Another focus of interest is the history of early modern period, in particularly the phenomenon of the revival of Christian Hebraism in the 16th century.

Prof. Amirav’s teaching interests include the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Greek Patristics and Early Christianity. Working within the framework of CPO, she initiated, together with Profs. Paul van Geest, Bas ter Haar Romeny, and Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, the Annual Lectures in Patristics, delivered yearly at the KNAW in Amsterdam by eminent international scholars in the fields of patristic studies, ancient history, and Late Antiquity.

Prof. Amirav is a recipient of a Sir Isaiah Berlin Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford (2002) and more recently, a laureate of an ERC (European Research Council) Starting grant (2008), entitled The Appropriation of the Jewish Scriptures. Allegory, Pauline Exegesis, and the Negotiation of Religious Identities (this excerpt from a newsletter provides a description of the project, additionally you can read this article). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Hebrew University (December-January, 2009), and was twice elected to a Visiting Research Fellowship at Brasenose College, Oxford (2010 and 2011).

Prof. Amirav is the author of the following monographs: Rhetoric and Tradition: John Chrysostom on Noah and the Flood (Traditio Exegetica Graeca 12; Leuven: Peeters, 2003);  Theodore Bibliander. De ratione communi omnium linguarum et literarum, edited (with H.-M. Kirn) and translated with annotations (Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance 475; Droz, Geneva, 2011); Authority and Performance: A Socio-Linguistic Reading of the Chalcedonian Acts (AD 451), with a Foreword by Professor Sir Fergus Millar (forthcoming in 2013).

She is general editor of Late Antique History and Religion, a monograph series published by Peeters Publishers (Leuven) and dedicated to the study of the ancient world, from Constantine up until the First Crusade. She is co-editor of the proceedings of the Annual Lectures in Patristics, published by Brilll (Leiden), as a sub-series of the journal Church History and Religious Culture.

For more information, see also her academic homepage and the NWO-website. An article introducing her ERC-project The Christian Appropriation of the Jewish Scriptures: Allegory, Pauline Exegesis, and the Negotiation of Religious Identities, may be found here.

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