Maren R. Niehoff is Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, currently also head of the Department, and a Martin Hengel Fellow at Tübingen University. Trained at the Hebrew University, the Free University in Berlin, Oxford and Harvard, she specializes in Ancient Judaism, early Christianity and Greco-Roman culture. Her research focuses on encounters between Jews, Christians and “Pagans”, especially in the Mediterranean cities of the Roman Empire, such as Alexandria and Caesarea.
Her two recent monographs won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines: Bible Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (Cambridge 2011, paperback 2014) and Philo of Alexandria. An Intellectual Biography (Yale 2018, German translation Mohr Siebeck 2019, Hebrew and French translations forthcoming). The Intellectual Biography was also a finalist of the Jordan Schnitzer Prize of the Association of Jewish Studies 2019. Her previous monographs are Philo on Jewish Identity and Culture (Mohr Siebeck 2001) and The Figure of Joseph in Post-Biblical Jewish Literature (Brill 1992).
Niehoff edited the following collections of articles: Self, Self-Fashioning and Individuality in Late Antiquity (Mohr Siebeck 2019, together with Joshua Levinson); Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real (Mohr Siebeck 2017); and Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters (Brill 2012); Abrahms Aufbruch (SAPERE Bd. 30, Mohr Siebeck 2017, together with Reinhard Feldmeier); and Philo of Alexandria’s Writings in Hebrew, vols. 5.1 and 4.2 (Bialik 2012 and 2015). She is on the editorial board of the following monograph series, journals, and encyclopedias: Culture, Religion and Politics in the Greco-Roman World (Mohr Siebeck), Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism (Mohr Siebeck), Religion in the Roman Empire (Mohr Siebeck), Novum Testamentum (Brill), and the Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum (Hiersemann).