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Samuel Blapp

Samuel Blapp

PhD student, Hebrew Studies


From 2008 to 2011 I studied for a Bachelor degree in theology at the Universities of Basel and Berne. At the latter and at the University of Zurich I continued my studies from 2011 to 2013 reading towards an MA in Ancient Judaism, which I completed with a thesis on Hebrew manuscripts containing Palestinian and Tiberian vocalisation. In my second year as an undergraduate I came to Cambridge and FAMES for the first time as a visiting student. During this stay I was introduced to the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, where I was given the opportunity to work as a volunteer research assistant. In the first half of my second year of the MA, I went to Tel Aviv University as a visiting student reading Jewish Studies and Modern Hebrew.

Subject groups/Research projects

Hebrew & Semitic Studies:

Research Interests

Current Research

My PhD project deals mainly with Biblical Hebrew manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah, which are vocalised according to the so-called Tiberian non-standard pronunciation tradition. It is my aim to collect data from such manuscripts in order to elaborate a classification scheme that takes into consideration the manifold differences within the non-standard pronunciation tradition. Furthermore, I intend to rethink the terminology that has been used to describe the manuscripts in question. This data is being compared to the biblical manuscript Leningrad Codex B19a, which serves as the base text for the modern critical editions of BHS and BHQ, and the famous Aleppo Codex wherever possible. With this comparison, I also aim to better situate these two major works of Masoretic scholarship within the wider context of medieval Hebrew manuscripts employing the Tiberian vocalisation system.


Hebrew language and linguistics, Masoretic studies, Cairo Genizah, Semitic languages and linguistics, Codicology, Palaeography, Jewish Studies in general.


Key Publications

2014. "EijüdischeSchreibeimittelalterlicheBistuBaselDiBelegvoMs Parm. 2924". 
 Judaica 70/2-3:139-164. [German]

Conference Paper

2014. "The Diversity of the So-called Non-standard Tiberian Vocalisation Tradition of Biblical Hebrew". The 10th Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, July 22.