Max Cooper Chair in Jewish Thought. Having graduated from Oxford University and Harvard University, I specialize in Ancient Jewish Thought, especially in the encounter between Judaism and Greco-Roman culture. My areas of research range from Hellenistic Judaism in Alexandria to early rabbinic literature, taking into early Christianity and pagan literature. My recent publications include “Philo on Jewish Culture and Identity” (2001) and “Jewish Bible Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (2011, winner of the Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanities, 2011).
Currently, I am completing an intellectual biography of Philo of Alexandria, which has been commissioned by Yale University Press and its German translation by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen).
I am currently leading two research projects:
1) Journeys in the Roman Near East (in cooperation with Prof. Reinhard Feldmeier, Göttingen).
2) Genesis Rabbah in Dialogue with Christian Exegetes (cooperation with Prof. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Christoph Markschies, Berlin).