Professor Emanuel Tov FBA

Biblical studies, Textual criticism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Computerised studies

Elected 2006

Fellow type
Corresponding Fellow
Year elected

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Emanuel Tov emigrated to Israel in 1961. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in biblical studies at the Hebrew University in 1973. Since 1986 Emanuel Tov has been a professor in the Dept. of Bible of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (since 1990 he holds the J.L. Magnes chair), from which he retired in 2009. He has been a guest professor at several Universities in Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. He received several research awards, among them the Humboldt Research Prize, Germany the Emet Prize in Biblical Research and the Israel Prize in 2009. In 2006 he was appointed Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and in 2012 he was appointed member of the Israel Academy of Sciences. In 2008 he was given an honorary doctorate at Vienna University. Prof. Tov has specialized in various aspects of the textual criticism of Hebrew and Greek Scripture as well as in the Qumran Scrolls. Prof. Tov is involved in several research projects, but since 1990, most of his energy is invested in directing the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project. Under his guidance thirty-three volumes appeared in 1992-2008. He has written 16 books, edited more than fifty, and published more than 300 research papers.

Current post

J L Magnes Emeritus Professor of Bible, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


The Greek and Hebrew Bible: Collected Essays on the Septuagint (VTSup 72; Leiden/ Boston/Cologne: Brill, 1999) 1999

Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (3rd ed., revised and expanded; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012) 2012, 3rd edition

Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, Septuagint: Collected Writings, Volume 3 (VTSup 167; Leiden: Brill, 2015) 2015

Revised Lists of the Texts from the Judaean Desert (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2010) 2010

Hebrew Bible, Greek Bible, and Qumran: Collected Essays (TSAJ 121; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008) 2008

Scribal Practices and Approaches Reflected in the Texts Found in the Judean Desert (STDJ 54; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2004) 2004

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