Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
The Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites
applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in one of the following areas of study:
* New Testament, Early Christianity, its literature and Jewish context
* Eastern Christianity
* Christianity in Palestine/Eretz-Israel (in all fields and throughout its entire history)
* Jewish-Christian relations
For full details and online application form click here
Dr. Marianna Mazzola
Trained as an oriental philologist at Pisa University, Marianna Mazzola earned a joint-PhD in history from Ghent University and the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris (2018). She works on the cultural and social history of the Medieval Middle East with a focus on Syriac Christianity and its relation with Byzantium and Islam. Her research investigates especially the circulation of texts, narratives and ideas across linguistic and confessional borders. From 2013 to 2017, she worked as doctoral researcher in the context of the ERC project Memory of empire: the post-imperial historiography of Late Antiquity at Ghent University, which explored the historiographical traditions of the Mediterranean and their interaction. Within this framework, she collaborated to the edition and study of fragmentary historians and carried out personal research on the Ecclesiastical History of Bar ‘Ebroyo (13th c.). Her PhD aimed at studying this work against the background of the previous Byzantine and Syriac history tradition, discussing both the continuation of previous trends and the innovation of Bar ‘Ebroyo as historiographer and in what manner these relate to the specific socio-political context of 13th c. Middle East. In 2018 she joined as postdoctoral researcher the FWO Project Dionysius of Tell-Mahre, Early Syriac historiography and its Byzantine and Arab context (582-842), working on the edition and study of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre’s Chronicle, with a focus on Christian-Muslim relations and the intersection of Syriac, Byzantine and Muslim historiographical traditions in Dionysius’ work. At the CSC of Jerusalem, she will be working on Syriac Orthodox conceptualization of kingship in the Islamic period, looking at the dynamics of persistence, rupture and adaptation of former Roman-Christian concepts of politeia in the new Islamic political context.
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Dr. Isidoros Katsos
Dr Isidoros Katsos holds a PhD in law from the Free University of Berlin and a PhD in theology and philosophy from the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College. He is a research associate at the Von-Hügel Institute at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and a priest (Archimandrite) of the Church of Greece. His research interests focus on the natural theology of the early church, ranging from natural philosophy to natural law, the patristic origins of human rights and biblical hermeneutics. His Cambridge thesis, The Metaphysics of Light in the Hexaemeral Literature: From Philo of Alexandria to Ambrose of Milan, investigated the concept of light in the early Jewish-Christian exegesis of the biblical creation narrative (so-called “Hexaemeron”). Isidoros is currently working on publishing his PhD thesis as a monograph. While in Jerusalem, he will be revisiting the Alexandria - Antioch debate exploring Origen’s and Theodore’s readings of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1.
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Dr. David Dusenbury
David Lloyd Dusenbury holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Leuven (2017). His doctoral thesis reconstructs the cosmopolitan thought behind a fourth-century anthropological text by a Syrian philosopher-bishop, Nemesius of Emesa (present-day Homs). A revised version of this study is forthcoming with Oxford University Press as Nemesius of Emesa on Human Nature (Oxford Early Christian Studies). Dr. Dusenbury has lectured widely in Europe on religion, philosophy, law, and the history of ideas. He has been a visiting research fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leuven, and a visiting lecturer at Loyola University Maryland. He is the author of The Space of Time (2014), Platonic Legislations (2017), and The Innocence of Pontius Pilate (2020).
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Dr. Francesco Celia
Dr. Francesco Celia received his Ph.D. in Patristics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2017). He was trained in traditional historical philosophical studies and his research interests revolve around ecclesiastical history, biblical exegesis, theological disputes, and history of philosophy in Late Antiquity. His dissertation ‘Preaching the Gospel to the Hellenes: the Life and Works of Gregory Thaumaturgus’ (forthcoming, Peeters) provides a thorough reassessment of the biographical and literary profiles of the famous pupil of Origen of Alexandria who later became Bishop of Neocaesarea in Pontus. Dr. Celia’s current research aims to reconsider the neglected exegesis of Ecclesiastes of Origen, which is the earliest substantial, however fragmentary, evidence of the Christian interpretation of this book of the Bible. In Jerusalem, he will also be collaborating on a research project on Isidore of Pelusium led by Prof. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony.
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Dr. Andy Hilkens
Andy Hilkens holds a PhD in history from Ghent University, Belgium (2014). His doctoral thesis, "The Anonymous Syriac Chronicle up to the Year 1234 and its sources," which recently appeared in the series Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, explored how a wide range of ancient and medieval Hebrew, Christian and Islamic sources, originally written in Hebrew, Greek and Syriac between the third century BC and the twelfth century AD, influenced one of the great Syriac Orthodox chronicles from the Syriac Renaissance. In 2016 he received a three-year postdoctoral fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) to investigate the Armenian reception of Jacob of Serugh (c. 451 - 521) and his writings. Putting on hold the last year of this fellowship, he will continue his research in Jerusalem, where he will also be focusing on the Armenian reception of the Syriac History of the Slave of Christ (Abd el-Masih), from its translation in 873 until its integration into the Menology of Gregory of Khlat in the early fifteenth century.
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Dr. Simon Ford
Simon Ford holds a D.Phil. in History from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis, "Ordination and Episcopacy in the Severan-Jacobite Church, AD 518-c.588," explored the pragmatic problems, legal strategies, and apologetic formulations surrounding the practice and control of sacramental ordination within the anti-Chalcedonian movement, in the patriarchate of Antioch. He has also worked on the history of the Samaritans in late antiquity, the Samaritan chronographic tradition, Christian anti-Samaritanism, as well as the Christian destruction and conversion of Jewish and Samaritan holy sites. His current project explores the troubled patriarchate and legacy of Peter of Callinicum and the proliferation of schismatic factions in the early Jacobite episcopate. Making use of a series of unpublished epistolary and polemic documents, this project seeks to understand the social and institutional factors that contributed to the fraying of the Severan-Jacobite communion, as well as the theological development of the anti-Chalcedonian movement during the period.
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Dr. Giovanni Gasbarri
Dr. Giovanni Gasbarri holds a Ph.D from Sapienza University of Rome (2013). He has worked extensively on Byzantine illuminated manuscripts and sumptuary arts, early Christian and Byzantine iconography, and Norman art in southern Italy. His most recent articles and his monograph Riscoprire Bisanzio (Rome: Viella, 2015) focus on collecting, art historiography, and art forgery at the turn of the twentieth century. As a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies of Toronto (2016-2017), he started writing a new book titled They Have Mouths, and Speak Not, in which he analyzes the depiction of pagan idols in Byzantine art to assess how idolatry was visualized in the eastern Mediterranean world from the ninth to the fifteenth century. In Jerusalem, he will continue this research by examining the social and cultural implications of idol representations in Byzantium and how these images were used by Byzantine artists to exorcize non-Orthodox behaviors, communities, or sacred spaces, particularly Jewish ones.
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Dr. Irina Tamarkina
Dr. Irina Tamarkina holds PhD degree in Byzantine history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). Her dissertation "Memories of Authority and Community in Miaphysite and Chalcedonian Narratives of the 5-6th Centuries" explores the formation of group identities in two major rival Christian communities that separated in 451 CE over diverging doctrinal views by analyzing their Greek and Syriac historical and biographical narratives. Currently her research focuses on the usage of spatial rhetoric to articulate authority of each community and to define their distinct communal identities. Her upcoming article "Mapping religious identity: heresy, orthodoxy and religious landscapes in the Holy Land (5-6th c.)" examines how the Miaphysite and Chalcedonian communities envisioned interactions of their communities with places of religious and secular significance and inscribed the presence and the memories of their communities in the religious and secular landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean. Earlier she published several articles on the middle Byzantine history and hagiography.
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Dr. Nikolaos Kouremenos
Dr. Nikolaos Kouremenos earned his PhD degree in Oriental Ecclesiastical Sciences at the Pontifical Institute of Rome in 2014. His dissertation was the editio priceps of the Coptic Passion of Saint Philotheus of Antioch. He specializes in Early Oriental Christian Literature, mainly in Coptic and Syriac literary productions. He took part in numerous conferences/workshops around the world giving lectures on various aspects of Egyptian and Oriental Christian traditions. He taught the course "Coptic Language for Beginners" at the Faculty of Theology, University of Athens (2015-2016). He is currently focusing his research on the formation of the Coptic identity within the Coptic literature during the 6th and 7th centuries.
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Dr. Gabriel Radle
Gabriel Radle specializes in early and medieval Christian ritual. His methods are interdisciplinary, but rooted in comparative liturgy. He seeks to understand Christian religious experience through the parallel reading and reconstruction of liturgical texts across multiple traditions and by engaging these texts with visual and material culture, Patristic literature and canonical sources. His publications include studies on Christian rites of passage, early Byzantine eucharistic texts, Mt Sinai liturgy, late antique Christian migration patterns, and Athonite scribal trends in late Byzantium. Dr. Radle has lectured internationally, held research fellowships at Yale University and Dumbarton Oaks, and co-edited two volumes on Eastern Christian liturgical history. He is currently preparing the first monograph dedicated to Christian nuptial ritual in the Eastern Mediterranean world.
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Dr. Nina Glibetic
Raised in both Serbia and Canada throughout the Yugoslav wars, Nina Glibetic has been unable to avoid examining complex issues from multiple sides. After completing a B.A. in Religious Studies at McGill University, she thus set off to tackle medieval Christian dogma at both a pontifical university in Rome (Angelicum University) and an Orthodox theological faculty (University of Belgrade). Her interest in medieval theological expression led her to study Christian ritual. Dr. Glibetic's research examines how shifts in culture, theological emphasis and piety have affected ritual performance from late antiquity to today. She has published several medieval Byzantine liturgical texts copied in the Serbian and Bulgarian redactions of Old Church Slavonic, and has lectured internationally on topics ranging from hesychast ritual trends on Mt Athos to the role of liturgy in the formation of national memory. She has done field research in eleven countries across Europe and the Middle East, and has received fellowships from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library of Harvard University. At Hebrew University, Dr. Glibetic will be examining the revival of Levitical purity laws in Late Byzantium and its subsequent influence on Greek and Slavic rituals of motherhood and childbirth.
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Dr. Tamar Pataridze
Dr. Tamar Pataridze earned her Ph.D. at first from Tbilisi State University Georgia [TSU] in Old Georgian Literature, and a second time in Oriental philology from Université Catholique de Louvain [UCL]. She started her research career with studies in the area of the Georgian-Byzantine literary relations, in particular, with the focus on philological and theological aspects of the Byzantine patristic texts translated into Georgian. Presently her research is focused on a study of the reception and assimilation way of cultural elements by the Christians from the Semitic world in the Caucasian world: on the basis of Isaac of Nineve's work studied in her doctoral dissertation (awarded by Alexander-Böhlig-Preis 2013), she analysed the philological aspects of this transmission from Syriac into the Georgian. Dr. Tamar Pataridze is involved in several research projects, for example in the Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies (European Science Foundation); in the project Zosime (Réchabites) [UCL] whose purpose is the edition of all oriental versions of this Apocryphal text; in the project GREgORI: Softwares, linguistic data and tagged corpus for Ancient GREek and ORIental languages [UCL]. She is one of the editors of the book "Scripts Beyond Borders. A Survey of Allographic Traditions in the Euro-Mediterranean World" dealing with the phenomenon of writing a language in the script of another language. Her research interests revolve around Syriac Studies, Christian Arab Studies, Eastern Christianity, Caucasiology, Manuscript Studies, and Digital Humanities.
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Dr. Eirini Panou
Dr. Eirini Panou earned her Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2012. She has worked on the digitization of the Sinaiticus Codex and Greek editions of the Gospel of John at the Institute of Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing under the supervision of Prof. David Parker. Her doctoral dissertation, which is scheduled for publication as ‘The cult of St Anne in Byzantium' by Ashgate in 2014, examines various aspects of the cult of the mother of the Virgin Mary in Byzantium from the sixth to the fifteenth century. She is one of the editors of the Themes and Problems in Sylvester Syropoulos' Memoirs, Book IV - A Byzantine view of politics and culture in the 15th-century Mediterranean and of the webpage www.syropoulos.co.uk. Her current research focuses on textual and pictorial evidence on female veiling in Jewish and Christian art. Dr. Eirini Panou has published articles on the perception of colour by Byzantine historians, the role apocryphal figures in Christian thought and the interaction between the topography of Constantinople and Jerusalem. Her research interests revolve around Jewish studies, early Christianity, Byzantine topography/archaeology/literature/art/society, apocryphal literature, and gender studies.
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Dr. Joseph Emanuel Sanzo
Dr. Joseph E. Sanzo received his Ph.D. in History from UCLA (2012). His research focuses on the use of the Christian scriptures (both "canonical" and "non-canonical") on Greek and Coptic amulets and other apotropaic devices from late antique Egypt. Dr. Sanzo is the author of Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt: Text, Typology, and Theory (STAC 84; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014). He is also an editor (with Ra‘anan Boustan and Jacco Dieleman) of Authoritative Traditions and Ritual Power in the Ancient World, special issue of Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (vol. 17 ). In addition, Dr. Sanzo has published several articles and book chapters, including an edition of a previously unpublished Coptic amulet for Zeitschrift für Papyrology und Epigraphik and a chapter (with Ra‘anan Boustan) on Jewish life in the Christian empire for The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila, ed. Michael Maas (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
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Dr. Flavia Ruani
Dr. Flavia Ruani earned a Ph.D. in Ancient Studies (Religions and System of Thoughts) at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, in co-supervision with La Sapienza, Università di Roma (2012). In her dissertation she studied the part played by Ephrem the Syrian as heresiographer against Manichaeism. Her current research enlarges the analysis to the conception of heresy and scriptural heresiological practices in Syriac literature. Dr. Ruani's scientific interests also concern Syriac manuscripts: she took part into the creation and feeding of E-ktobe, an on-line database on Syriac manuscripts (www.mss-syriaques.org). Another field of her research is Christian Apocryphal literature: she edited and translated (with Alain Desreumaux and Emilie Villey) the Syriac apocryphal History of Philip the Apostle (for Corpus Christianorum - Series Apocryphorum, Brepols, under contract). She presented several papers at the major international congresses on Patristic, Syriac, Apocryphal and Manichaean studies, and is the author of some articles on these topics, appeared or to be published in reviews such as Studia Patristica and Parole de l'Orient.
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