Jan Joosten


Regius Professor of Hebrew 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Christ Church College



Research Interests:

Hebrew grammar, the Septuagint translation, biblical rhetoric, Syriac versions of the Bible.

Recent Publications:

People and Land in the Holiness Code. An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26, VTS 67 (Leiden, Brill, 1996).

With Eberhard Bons, Septuagint Vocabulary. Pre-History, Usage, Reception, Septuagint and Cognate Studies 58 (Atlanta, SBL, 2011).

The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew. A New Synthesis Elaborated on the Basis of Classical Prose, Jerusalem Biblical Studies 10 (Jerusalem, Simor, 2012).

Language and Textual History of the Syriac Bible. Collected Studies, Texts and Studies 9 (Piscataway NJ, Gorgias, 2013).

Further Info:

Jan Joosten studied Theology and Semitic languages in Belgium, the US and Israel. He taught biblical languages and Old Testament exegesis at the University of Strasbourg (France) for 20 years before coming to Oxford in 2014. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Vetus Testamentum, president of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, and editor, together with Eberhard Bons, of the forthcoming Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint.

Photograph of Jan Joosten