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Maren Niehoff is the Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University.  She is the author of Philo of Alexandria. An Intellectual Biography (Yale 2017, German and Hebrew translations forthcoming), Jewish Bible Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (Cambridge 2011, 2014, Polonsky Prize 2011), Philo on Jewish Culture and Identity (Tübingen 2001), The Figure of Joseph in Post-Biblical Jewish Literature (Brill 1992). She is the editor of Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters (Brill 2012), Philo of Alexandria. Writings [in Hebrew], vol. 4.2 and 5 (Jerusalem 2012) and AND THIS IS FOR YEHUDA. Studies presented to our friend, Professor Yehuda Liebes, on the Occasion of his sixty-fifth Birthday [in Hebrew], together with R. Meroz and J. Garb (Jerusalem 2012).

She will be the head of a research group on “The Self in Antiquity” at the Israeli Institute for Advanced Studies (2017-8, together with Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi). Then she plans to embark on her new research project “Genesis Rabbah in the Context of Christian and Greco-Roman Culture”.

The Israel Science Foundation has supported four of her research projects (1999-2011, 2003-7, 2008-11, 2011-4) and two international conferences organized by her (2010, 2015). She is one of the editors of the Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum (2017-28) and serves as the head of the steering committee of the Philo of Alexandria Unit at the Society of Biblical Literature (2017-20). She has been the head of several international research projects, most recently on “Journeys in the Roman East”, together with Reinhard Feldmeier (Niedersachsen-Israeli Research Cooperation, 2014-17) and on “Genesis Rabbah in light of Patristic Exegesis”, together with Peter Schäfer (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung 2014-17).

She completes her service as the head of the AMIRIM interdisciplinary honors program in the humanities (2104-7) and is a member of the Governing Body of the Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University. In 2011-3 she served as the head of the Honors Program for Doctoral Students.