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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
University Associate Professor in Hebrew
Email address: 
+44 (0) 1223 335118
Fellow of: 
Girton College (bye-fellow)
Director of Studies at: 
Girton College
Homerton College

Born 1975, Long Beach, California, USA. Married with three children. BA Social Science, Biola University. MA Bible and Its World, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, dissertation: “לשון ספר ירמיה ותולדות הלשון העברית [The Language of the Book of Jeremiah and the History of the Hebrew Language]” (2012).

As well as teaching withing the faculty, Dr Hornkohl is 

  • Outreach Coordinator for the Faculty 
  • Co-organiser of Sutton Trust Summer School on Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, 2016
  • Co-Investigator on AHRC-funded research project on a critical edition of MS Kaufmann of the Mishna

Past positions: teacher, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Language Center; adjunct lecturer, Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, University of the Holy Land; adjunct lecturer, Discourse Analysis, Special Course for Bible Translators, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Teaching responsibilities: 

Dr Hornkohl teaches courses in ancient and modern Hebrew literature and language, and history of the Hebrew language as well as courses relating to the history and culture of the Middle East.

Research interests: 

Ancient Hebrew philology and linguistics, Ancient Hebrew periodization, exegesis

Current PhD students

James Bejon: Semantico-Prosographical Connections in Profane Names in the Hebrew Bible
Mary Lascurain: Initial Clause Element as a Predictor of Word Order in Biblical Hebrew

Research Projects

Articles, Book Chapters etc

Review of P. Bekins' "Transitivity and Object Marking in Biblical Hebrew: An Investigation of the Object Preposition ʾet" (Harvard Semitic Studies 64; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014) Journal of Semitic Studies (2018)
Review of H. Dallaire's "The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose" (Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic 9; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014) Journal of Semitic Studies (2018)
Diachronic Exceptions in the Comparison of Tiberian and Qumran Hebrew: The Preservation of Early Linguistic Features in Dead Sea Scrolls J. Joosten, D. Machiela, & J.-S. Rey (ed.) Biblical Hebrew (STDJ Series) pp. 59–90 (2018)
Biblical Hebrew Tense–Aspect–Mood, Word Order and Pragmatics: Some Observations on Recent Approaches N. Vidro, R. Vollandt, E.M. Wagner, J. Olszowy-Schlanger (ed.) Studies in Semitic Linguistics and Manuscripts (2018)
Review of O. Cohen's "The Verbal Tense System in Late Biblical Hebrew Prose" (Harvard Semitic Studies 63; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013) Journal of the American Oriental Society 137/1 pp. 180–182 (2017)
All Is Not Lost: Linguistic Periodization in the Face of Textual and Literary Pluriformity T. Notarius and A. Moshavi (ed.) Biblical Hebrew Linguistics: Papers from the 16th WCJS, Jerusalem 2013 pp. 53–80 (2017)
Review of K. Penner's "The Verbal System of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Qumran Hebrew Texts" (Studia Semitica Neerlandica 64; Leiden: Brill, 2015) Revue de Qumran 28/2 [108] pp. 304–309 (2016)
Review of E. Reymond's "Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology" (Resources of Biblical Study; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014) Revue de Qumran 28/1 [107] pp. 146–149 (2016)
Hebrew Diachrony and the Linguistic Periodization of Biblical Texts: Observations from the Perspective of Reworked Pentateuchal Material Journal for Semitics, Volume 25, Issue 2 pp. 1004–1063 (2016)
Transitional Biblical Hebrew (Selected Texts, in Hebrew) W. R. Garr and S. Fassberg (ed.) Handbook of Biblical Hebrew - Volume 2: Selected Texts pp. 13–28 (2016)
Transitional Biblical Hebrew W. R. Garr and S. Fassberg (ed.) Handbook of Biblical Hebrew - Volume 1: Periods, Corpora, and Reading Traditions pp. 31–42 (2016)
Characteristically Late Spellings in the Hebrew Bible: With Special Reference to the Plene Spelling of the o Vowel in the Triliteral qal Infinitive Construct Journal of the American Oriental Society, Volume 134, Issue 4 pp. 643–671 (2014)
Her Word versus His: Establishing the Underlying Text in 1 Samuel 1:23 Journal of Biblical Literature, Volume 133, Issue 3 pp. 465–477 (2014)
Hebrew Language: Periodization G. Khan (ed.) Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics pp. 315–325 (2013)
Resolving the Crux of Judges 7:5b–7: A Critique of Two Traditional Approaches and the Reproposal of a Third Hebrew Studies No. 50 pp. 67–84 (2009)
The Pragmatics of the X+verb Structure in the Hebrew of Genesis: The Linguistic Functions and Associated Effects and Meanings of Intra-clausal Fronted Constituents Ethnorêma No. 1 pp. 35-122 (2005)