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Professor Michael Knibb FBA

Second Temple Judaism (including the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha and Dead Sea Scrolls), Ethiopic Studies
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About this Fellow

Michael Knibb is Samuel Davidson Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies at King’s College London. He studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York and at Oxford and was awarded a PhD degree of the University of London in the field of Semitic Studies in 1974. He was appointed Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at King’s in 1964 and remained at King’s until his retirement in 2001. He held a British Academy Research Readership from 1986 to 1988, and in 1995 he gave the Schweich lectures of the British Academy. He has been concerned in his research with two main fields of study, the literature of the late Second Temple period and the translation of the Bible into Classical Ethiopic. His interest in the former led him to publish a number of studies on Enoch and on related writings in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as an edition of the Ethiopic text of Enoch. Preparation of this edition led to a more general concern with the translation of the Bible into Ethiopic, the subject of his Schweich Lectures, and to the very recent publication of an edition of the Ethiopic text of Ezekiel.

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Appointments

Current post

  • Samuel Davidson Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies, King's College London

Past Appointments

  • Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London University of London, 1997 - 2001
  • Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London University of London, 1986 - 1997
  • Samuel Davidson Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies, King's College London University of London, 2001
  • Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London University of London, 1997 - 2001
  • Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London University of London, 1986 - 1997
  • Samuel Davidson Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies, King's College London University of London, 2001

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 1992 - 1995

Publications

The Septuagint and Messianism 2006

The Ethiopic Text of the Book of Ezekiel: A Critical Edition 2015

The Ethiopic book of Enoch: a new addition in the light of the Aramaic Dead Sea fragments (2 vols) 1978

The Qumran community 1987

Translating the Bible: the Ethiopic version of the Old Testament 1999

Essays on the Book of Enoch and other early Jewish Texts and Traditions 2009

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International Relations, with special reference to security studies in the Asia-Pacific, including US-China relations, human rights, Asian regional institutions, and East Asian regional governance

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