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Prof. Nicholas de Lange

Prof. Nicholas de Lange

Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Office Phone: 01223 363019



Nicholas de Lange has been closely involved in Christian–Jewish dialogue; has translated many novels from modern Hebrew; has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean region; he has lived in France, and is associated with various research institutes and projects in Paris. Nicholas de Lange studied Classical Mods and Greats at Christ Church, Oxford, and simultaneously studied Rabbinics at Leo Baeck College, London. He was awarded Oxford University’s James Mew Rabbinic Hebrew Prize. He remained at Oxford to write a DPhil dissertation on ‘Origen and the Jews’ under the supervision of Henry Chadwick. Other degrees: Ph.D. (Cambridge), D.D. (Cambridge). Nicholas de Lange is also a prolific translator, specialising mainly in contemporary Hebrew fiction, and has served as Chairman of the Translators Association. He was elected a fellow of The British Academy in 2011. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Hebrew & Semitic Studies:

Research Interests

Currently directing a research project funded by the AHRC on ‘The Greek Bible in Byzantine Judaism’. The aim of the project is to show how Greek-speaking Jews in the Middle Ages used Bible translations, and how these translations relate to other Greek Bible  translations, such as those used at this time by Christians, and those used by Jews in Late Antiquity and in the early modern period. The manuscript evidence for these translations will be published in its entirety, on line and in print, and various associated books will be published.

Also directing a project on ‘Medieval Hebrew inscriptions from the Byzantine empire’, under the auspices of the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes in Paris. The object is to produce a corpus with full descriptions and photographs.

Key Publications

The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism, London: Penguin, 2008.

(with Joshua Holo) ‘Jewish Sources’, in Mary Whitby, ed., Byzantines and Crusaders in non-Greek sources, 1025-1204 (Proceedings of the British Academy, 132), Oxford, 2007, 361–9.

ed. with Miri Freud-Kandel, Modern Judaism: an Oxford Guide, Oxford University Press, 2005.

ed. and tr., Colette Sirat, Hebrew Manuscripts of the Middle Ages, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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