prof. dr. H. Amirav

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Professor of Patristics and the History of Late Antiquity


Prof. dr. Hagit Amirav is internationally educated and her research profile covers a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines relating to the Graeco-Roman world. She has a B.A. degree (1995; magna cum laude) in Classics (Greek and Roman languages and literature) from Tel Aviv University; following a study period in Toronto (1996), she obtained a second degree (M.St.) in Greek and Roman history from the University of Oxford (1997), and a doctorate (D.Phil.), supervised and guided by Prof. Dame Averil Cameron and Prof. Sir Fergus Millar, in Greek and Roman history (2001), at the same university. Her teaching interests include the fields of Classics, Late Antique and early Byzantine history, Greek patristics and Late Antique Christianity, Rabbinics, Greek papyrology, and ancient magic. She is a contributor to the Oxford based-project The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, in which she focuses mainly on Greek magical papyri. She is currently supervising and co-supervising four doctoral students who are working on a full-time basis (aio).


Her major publications include the following monographs: Rhetoric and Tradition. John Chrysostom on Noah and the Flood (Leuven: Peeters, 2003), 269 pp.; Theodore Bibliander, de ratione omnium linguarum et literarum, edited and translated with annotation with Hans-Martin Kirn (Geneva: Droz, 2011), 683 pp.; Authority and Performance. Sociological Perspectives on the Council of Chalcedon (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016); Paul and the Pauline Epistles in Polemical Discourses: A Reconstruction of the Formation of the Antiochene School of Exegesis (in preparation).

Prizes and memberships

Prof. dr. Amirav is a recipient of a number of prestigious prizes and fellowships: Sir Isaiah Berlin Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford (2002); ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant (2008-2014), entitled The Appropriation of the Jewish Scriptures: Allegory, Pauline Exegesis and the Negotiation of Religious Identities; NWO Internationalization Grant (2011-2014); the project’s website can be found here: She is currently PI of a Project Grant funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (2014-2018).She was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University (December-January, 2009), and was twice elected to a Visiting Research Fellowship at Brasenose College, Oxford (selected terms during 2010-2011). She is a lifelong member of the Senior Common Room of this college. She is currently Special Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2017). Prof. Amirav is director of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History; the website can be found here: She is an active member of the Young Academy of Europe, also in the positions of secretary and chair (2013-2018).

Editorial work

Prof. dr. Amirav is General Editor of Late Antique History and Religion, a monograph series published by Peeters Publishers ( Leuven). She is President of the Annual Lectures in Patristics, organised by the Dutch Inter-university Centre for Patristic Research (CPO), and is co-editor of the proceedings, published by Brilll (Leiden), as a sub-series of the journal ChurchHistory and Religious Culture. She is a member of the editorial board of European Review (Cambridge University Press).

Media and valorization

For an iTunesU recording (together with Dr Emiliano Fiori), entitled ‘The Bible & the Church Fathers: ERC Project on the History of Biblical Interpretation’, VU University Amsterdam’s Theology Interviews (September 2011), see:

For a celebratory presentation of her work, see Annual Review VU 130