Professor Jan Joosten

Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics
Regius Professor of Hebrew, Student of Christ Church


PhD (Jerusalem), ThD (Brussels), HDR (Strasbourg)

Academic Background

Jan Joosten studied Theology and Semitic languages in Belgium, the US and Israel. He taught biblical languages and Old Testament exegesis at the University of Strasbourg (France) for 20 years before coming to Oxford in 2014. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Vetus Testamentum, permanent secretary of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament and honorary member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language (Jerusalem). Together with Eberhard Bons he is editor of the forthcoming Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint.

Research Interests

Hebrew grammar, the Septuagint translation, biblical rhetoric, Syriac versions of the Bible.

Publications include

People and Land in the Holiness Code. An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26, VTS 67 (Leiden, Brill, 1996).

With Eberhard Bons, Septuagint Vocabulary. Pre-History, Usage, Reception, Septuagint and Cognate Studies 58 (Atlanta, SBL, 2011).

The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew. A New Synthesis Elaborated on the Basis of Classical Prose, Jerusalem Biblical Studies 10 (Jerusalem, Simor, 2012).

Language and Textual History of the Syriac Bible. Collected Studies, Texts and Studies 9 (Piscataway NJ, Gorgias, 2013).


Volleyball, taking long walks.