Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible

University of California Berkeley

Assistant Professor - Hebrew Bible - Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Job #JPF03222
  • Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures / College of Letters & Science - Arts & Humanities / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

Application Window

Open October 27th, 2021 through Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Hebrew Bible at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Prospective candidates should have strong methodological and philological skills in biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, as well as a textual research focus and proven competence in dealing with the Bible’s composite texts. A grounding in relevant languages and scripts of the ancient Near East and adjacent receptive cultures is desirable. Engagement with scholarship in one or more additional fields in the humanities and/or social sciences is also preferred; these fields may include (but are not restricted to) literary criticism, gender and queer theory, anthropology, historiography, folklore, history of religion, or history of sexuality. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to cooperate with other faculty in the department to enhance course offerings, and to collaborate with Hebrew and Jewish Studies faculty who work in later periods to create a diverse curriculum and rebuild Berkeley’s Hebrew program. We invite the holder of this position to dialogue with scholars in other units, such as the Center for Jewish Studies, the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Gender, Women and Sexuality, or the DE in Critical Theory. An engagement with the Hebrew Bible as a foundational document of cross-cultural importance is desirable. The person appointed should demonstrate a commitment to teaching, and strong potential for effectiveness as an instructor and mentor.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education, and in the field of biblical studies in particular. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and at the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Successful candidates for our faculty position will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants for this position must hold a PhD (or equivalent international degree), or be enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
    • Mastery of the relevant stages of Hebrew and Aramaic with demonstrated philological excellence.
    • Research focus centered on the biblical text.
    • Proven engagement with scholarship in one or more additional humanistic and/or social science fields.Some familiarity with modern Hebrew and with post-biblical Hebrew textual traditions.
      • Some familiarity with one or more relevant languages of the ancient Near East and adjacent receptive cultures.
    • Engagement with the Hebrew Bible as one stage in the full history of Hebrew literature and Jewish culture.
    • Evidence of teaching commitment and potential.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter that includes current and future research plans and teaching philosophy.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Writing Sample - Writing sample of 20-30 pages
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Job location

Berkeley, CA