Karel van der Toorn
University of Amsterdam

Prof. Karel van der Toorn is Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Amsterdam. He studied Theology and Semitic Languages in Paris (Institut Catholique, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) and holds a Ph.D. (1985) from Free University Amsterdam, and his dissertation was published under the title Sin and Sanction in Israel and Mesopotamia: A Comparative Study (Van Gorcum, 1985). Prof. van der Toorn has published widely on the Hebrew Bible in its Near Eastern context. His books include Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel (Brill, 1996); Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible (Harvard University Press, 2007); God in Context: Selected Essays on Society and Religion in the Early Middle East (Mohr Siebeck, 2018); Papyrus Amherst 63 (Ugarit-Verlag, 2018); Becoming Diaspora Jews: Behind the Story of Elephantine (Yale University Press, 2019).

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September 15, 2020

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