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Dr Shai Heijmans

Research Associate in Biblical Hebrew

Office Phone: 012233 35134



1996-1999 – LLB, Faculty of Law, TAU
2002-2005 – MA, Faculty of Humanities, TAU
2006-2013 – PhD, Faculty of Humanities, TAU


2000-2002 – Lawyer in civil litigation and real estate, Tel Aviv
2003-2006 – Reserach and Teaching Assistant, Department of Hebrew Language, TAU
2006-2010 – President’s scholarship for outstanding doctoral students, TAU
2011-2014 – Teaching Associate, Talpiot Teacher Training College, Holon
2014 – Teaching Associate, Department of Hebrew Language, HUJI
From October 2014 – Research Associate, FAMES, University of Cambridge

Subject groups/Research projects

Hebrew & Semitic Studies:

Research Interests

  • Rabbinic Hebrew
  • Hebrew vocalization systems
  • Jewish Aramaic

Key Publications

  • Lexicon of the Greek Loanwords in the Mishna (in preparation, an English translation of my PhD dissertation; to be published in Brill’s series SJHC [שי היימנס, המילים השאולות מיוונית ומלטינית במשנה]).
  • “Pretonic Reduction of Vowels in Greek Loanwords and Its Significance” (in Hebrew), Chr. Stadel (ed.) Talshir Jubilee Volume (in print)
  • The chapter “Babylonian Vocalization” in: S. E. Fassberg and R. Garr (eds.), Handbook of Biblical Hebrew (in print)
  • “A Remark on the form of Greek Loanwords in the Targum”, Aramaic Studies 12 (2014), pp. 27-31
  • The articles “Palestinian Vocalization”, “Palestino-Tiberian Vocalization” “Greek Loanwords”, “Manuscripts of the Mishna” and “Vocalization of Rabbinic Hebrew” in G. Khan (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Brill 2013
  • “About the ‘Unreliability’ of the Vocalization of Western Targum-Manuscripts”, Aramaic Studies 9 (2011), pp. 279-289 
  • “A Note on the Rafeh Sign in the Kaufmann Mishna Codex” (in Hebrew), Leshonenu 69 (2007), pp. 397-398 
  • “Studies in the Linguistic Tradition of Spanish Jews Before the Expulsion” (Review Article, in Hebrew), Leshonenu La’am 54 (2004), pp. 51-53