Department of Bible Studies
Subject: Nehemiah in Second Temple Period Literature: From the Bible to Josephus
Supervisor: Prof. Michael Segal and Dr. Ronnie Goldstein
Abstract: My research deals with the character of Nehemiah and the various traditions about him during the Second Temple period. The first part of the study will deal with the composition of the book of Ezra-Nehemiah in general, and in particular of the stories about Nehemiah, in order to recognize the original traditions about Nehemiah that are in it and the changes that took place in his character during the formation of the book. The second part will deal with the traditions about Nehemiah in the post-biblical literature – Sirach, 2 Maccabees, the Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus and more – and the relationship between them and the biblical text.
Bio: Natan Evron has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University and a M.A. degree in Biblical Studies and in Mandel's School's Honorary Program at the Hebrew University. His Master thesis dealt with some of the stories of David's rise to monarchy in 1 Samuel. His research focuses on biblical historiography and comparisons between the Bible and ancient Near Eastern cultures. Participates in a research project by Prof. Daniel Schwartz from the Hebrew University for the Reconstruction of the Lost Hebrew Version of 1 Maccabees.
“'David is Hiding among Us': The Stories about David, Saul, and the Ziphites (1 Sam 23:19–24; 26:1).” In David in the Desert. Edited by Hannes Bezzel and Reinhard G. Kratz. BZAW; Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 2020 (approx.)
MA Honors Program 2015/2016