Catherine Hezser

Professor II
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Phone +44 (0)20 7898 4633
Visiting address and Philosophies Dept. of History Religions SOAS University of London
Postal address Thornhaugh Street London WC1H 0XG 10

Academic interests

My main areas of research are the social history and daily life of Jews in Roman Palestine, rabbinic literature within its Graeco-Roman and Byzantine-Christian context, and relations between Jews, Christians, and "pagans" in late antiquity. I am also interested in modern Judaism, however, in issues of identity, gender, and multiculturalism. I am currently editing the Routledge Handbook of Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity and plan a project on rabbinic literature within the context of late antique scholasticism and encyclopedism. Another project deals with comparative Jewish and Christian iconography evident in late antique synagogues, churches, and burial contexts.


Courses taught

I have taught a large variety of courses on both ancient and modern Judaism at the Free University Berlin, Trinity College Dublin, and SOAS, University of London.


  • 1997 Habilitation in Jewish Studies, Free University Berlin
  • 1992 Ph.D. in Jewish Studies, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York
  • 1986 Dr. theol, University of Heidelberg

Awards and appointments

  • 1988-92           Stroock Doctoral Fellowship at the Jewish Theological Seminary
  • 1991-92           Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Special Doctoral Scholarship
  • 1989                Leftkowitz Award at the Jewish Theological Seminary
  • 1992-94           Senior Research fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge
  • 1997-98           Yad Hanadiv post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • 1999-2000       Heisenberg Professorship of the German Research Council
  • 2003                Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • 2005-6             Research Fellowship of the German Research Council
  • 2007-9             British Academy Larger Research Grant (UK)
  • 2013                Conference grant of the Academic Study Group and the British Friends of the Hebrew University

Positions held

  • 1992-94: Senior Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge
  • 1994-2000: Faculty member at the Institut fuer Judaistik, Free University Berlin
  • 2003: Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • 2000-2005: Al and Felice Lippert Professor of Jewish and Near Eastern Religions, Trinity College Dublin; Director of the Herzog Centre
  • From 2005 onwards: Reader, then Professor of Jewish Studies at SOAS, University of London


Tags: Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, Judaic Studies, Ancient Judaism
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