I am Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, specializing in the Hebrew Bible and the history and culture of ancient Israel. I am particularly interested in the ritual texts of the Hebrew Bible and the history of the Israelite cult. In my research, I combine detailed philological analysis and the methods of historical criticism with the use of anthropological and social theories to illuminate the biblical text, including ritual theory, memory studies, postcolonial theory, and discourse analysis.


PhD | University of Lausanne | Hebrew Bible

BTheol Hons | University of Divinity, Australia | Biblical Studies

BA | University of Melbourne | Anthropology and Critical Theory



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Julia Rhyder

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