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Aaron D. Hornkohl

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Role: 
Bye-fellow, University Language Teaching Officer in Hebrew and Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Department: 
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Contact number: 
01223 335118; 07931 272125
Contact email address: 
adh44@cam.ac.uk
Year Joined Homerton: 
2016
Profile: 

Aaron was born (Long Beach, 1975) and raised in Southern California, USA. He attended Elsinore High School, Lake Elsinore, CA, and received a BA in Social Science and Secondary Education Teaching Certification from Biola University, La Mirada, CA. Before moving to the UK, he also lived for extended periods of time in Italy and Israel. It was in Israel, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, that he received his MA and PhD.

 

Research Interests: 

Hebrew language and linguistics; Semitic linguistics; historical linguistics; textual criticism; pragmatics; exegesis and the history of interpretation; Hebrew language paedagogy; Modern Israeli Hebrew; Bible translation. My current projects focus on (1) diachronic comparison of the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and that of the received Masoretic biblical text; (2) the pragmatics of ancient Hebrew word order; (3) the relationship between Modern Hebrew and earlier Hebrew and how this relationship can be exploited paedagogically.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 
Teaching
  • Modern Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Ancient Hebrew Language and Literature
  • The History of the Hebrew Language
  • History and Culture of the Modern Middle East
  • History and Culture of the Pre-Modern Middle East
Other Professional Activities:
  • Outreach Coordinator for the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Co-organiser of Sutton Trust Summer School on Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, 2016
  • Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Co-Investigator on AHRC-funded research project on a critical edition of MS Kaufmann of the Mishna
Memberships:
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies

 

Qualifications: 

 

  • BA in Social Science, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA
  • MA in Bible and Its World, The Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • PhD in Hebrew and Jewish Languages, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Awards:
  • Grant from the Rothberg School Endowment for American Students, 1999
  • Grant from the Rothberg School Endowment for American Students, 2000
  • Grant from the Dalck and Rose Feith Scholarship Fund, 2000
  • Grant from the Rothberg School Endowment for American Students, 2001
  • Bankier Prize, 2004
  • Kutscher Fund Prize, 2007
  • Dean of Students Assistance Scholarship, 2008
  • Perlow Fund Scholarship, 2008
  • Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies Grant, 2008
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Grant, 2008
  • Bankier Prize, 2009
  • Hebrew University Living Stipend, 2009
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Grant, 2010
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant, 2013
  • Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe Research Grant, 2013 (declined)
Dissertation: 

“The Language of the Book of Jeremiah and the History of the Hebrew Language” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in Hebrew)

Publications: 
Books:
Single Author

Ancient Hebrew Periodization and the Book of Jeremiah: The Case for a Sixth-Century Date of Composition, Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics 74 (Leiden: Brill, 2014) [a revised translation of the author’s doctoral dissertation].

Co-authored

Avi Hurvitz, in collaboration with Leeor Gottlieb, Aaron Hornkohl, and Emmanuel Mastéy, A Concise Lexicon of Late Biblical Hebrew: Linguistic Innovations in the Writings of the Second Temple Period, Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 160 (Leiden: Brill, 2014).

Articles:

“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 1 (2005(: 35–88 [a revision of the author’s Master’s thesis].

“Resolving the Crux of Judges 7:5b–7: A Critique of Two Traditional Approaches and the Reproposal of a Third,” Hebrew Studies 50 (2009): 67–84.

“Hebrew Language: Periodization,” Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. by G. Khan (Leiden: Brill, 2013), vol. I, 315–325.

“Her Word versus His: Establishing the Underlying Text in 1 Samuel 1:23,” Journal of Biblical Literature 133, no. 3 (2014): 465–477.

“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 134, no. 4 (2014), 643–671.

“Transitional Biblical Hebrew,” Handbook of Biblical Hebrew, ed. by W. R. Garr and S. E. Fassberg (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2016), vol. I, 31–42, vol. II, 19–34.

“All Is Not Lost: Linguistic Periodization in the Face of Textual and Literary Pluriformity,” Biblical Hebrew Linguistics: Papers from the 16th WCJS, Jerusalem 2013, ed. by T. Notarius and A. Moshavi (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming).

“Hebrew Language, Periodization of,” The Textual History of the Hebrew Bible, ed. by A. Lange (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“Diachronic Exceptions in the Comparison of Tiberian and Qumran Hebrew: The Preservation of Early Linguistic Features in Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Hebrew,” Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Writings (Strasbourg), Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, eds. J. Joosten, D. Machiela, & J.-S. Rey (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“Hebrew Diachrony and the Linguistic Periodization of Biblical Texts: Observations from the Perspective of Reworked Pentateuchal Material,” Journal for Semitics (forthcoming).

Notes on the Linguistic Profile of Select Reworked Bible Material,” Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Writings (Jerusalem), Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, ed. S. Fassberg (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

O. Cohen, The Verbal Tense System in Late Biblical Hebrew Prose (Harvard Semitic Studies 63; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013), Journal of the American Oriental Society forthcoming.

E. Reymond, Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology (Resources of Biblical Study; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014), Revue de Qumran, forthcoming.

H. Dallaire, 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, forthcoming.

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, forthcoming.

Reviews:

O. Cohen, The Verbal Tense System in Late Biblical Hebrew Prose (Harvard Semitic Studies 63; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013), Journal of the American Oriental Society forthcoming.

E. Reymond, Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology (Resources of Biblical Study; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014), Revue de Qumran, forthcoming.

H. Dallaire, 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, forthcoming.

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, forthcoming.

Academic Lectures and Conference Participation:

“The Biblical Hebrew Verb Forms qatal and yiqtol in the ’az+verb Structure and Ramifications Regarding the Biblical Hebrew Verb System” (in Hebrew), Bikure Mekhqar Conference for Advanced Students, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, Israel, March 2005

“The Masoretic Text of the Book of Jeremiah and the Old Greek Translation: A Diachronic Linguistic Investigation” (in Hebrew), Bikure Mekhqar Conference for Advanced Students, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, March 2012

“The Two Editions of the Book of Jeremiah from the Perspective of Diachronic Linguistics,” Society of Biblical Literature International Conference, Amsterdam, July 2012

“‘Aramaisms’ and the Periodization of Ancient Hebrew: Some Methodological Considerations,” Cambridge Semitic Philology Seminar, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, November 2012

“A Diachronic Approach to Biblical Hebrew: Textual, Literary, and Exegetical Ramifications,” Old Testament Graduate Seminar, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, March 2013

“The Standard Diachronic Approach to Biblical Hebrew: Some Recent Counterarguments,” Biblical Hebrew in the Light of Theoretical and Historical Linguistics section of the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 2013

“Linguistic Conservatism and Innovation in Biblical Manuscripts: Provisional Observations from a Comparison of Codex Leningradensis B19a and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Cambridge Semitic Philology Seminar, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, February 2014

“Diachronic Exceptions in the Comparison of Tiberian and Qumran Hebrew: The Preservation of Early Linguistic Features in the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls,” Seventh International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira, Strasbourg, June 2014

“Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew: Reflections on Their Integration,” SBL-AAR Annual Conference, San Diego, California, Nov 2014

“The Masoretic Text and Tiberian Hebrew: Observations from the Perspective of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Material,” Old Testament Senior Seminar, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, February 2015

“Training Bible Translators in Israel: The Value of Modern Hebrew for Mastering Biblical Hebrew,” Home for Bible Translators 20th Anniversary Conference, March 2015

“Historical Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew: Observations from the Perspective of Reworked Pentateuch Material,” SBL-AAR Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2015

“Rethinking the (Apparently) Absurd: The Value of Modern Hebrew for Biblical Studies,” The Future of Hebrew Learning in the UK Conference, University of Cambridge, June 2016

“Biblical versus Non-biblical Hebrew in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Comments from the Perspective of Rewritten Biblical Texts,” Eighth International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira, Jerusalem, June 2016

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