My dissertation ("Drought, Death and the Sun in Ugarit and Ancient Israel", 2012) concentrated on the link between ancient Canaanite (Ugaritic) religion and language and the classical Hebrew linguistic and religious culture expressed in the Old Testament. I primarily work with philological material from the Ancient Near East, including texts in Hebrew, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Hittite and Syriac. I have also written about such subjects as the classical Hebrew tense system in the light of comparative language typology. Other research interests include ancient Gnostic and Gnosticizing literature, especially its relation to historical motifs from the Old Testament world. I have published annotated translations from Ugaritic and Akkadian, and also popular works on comparative linguistics. Currently, I am working on early Indo-European (Anatolian) loanwords in Biblical Hebrew, as well as the influence of Isiaiah 6 on the first Hermetic tractate, Poimandres.
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