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Philip Alexander

Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature, University of Manchester

Philip Alexander began his academic career as a Classicist, then switched to the study of Hebrew and Semitic languages, but has retained a fundamental interest in the problem of how to contextualise Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman world of late antiquity.

From 1992-95 was President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.


  • 1972–present
    Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Studies, University of Manchester


  • 2005
    The Mystical Texts (Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls), T&T Clark International
  • 1999
    "Jerusalem as the Omphalos of the World: On the History of a Geographical Concept." , Jerusalem