MemberShani Tzoref

From 2015-2019 I served as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Exegesis at the School of Jewish Theology, University of Potsdam and at the Abraham Geiger and Zacharias Frankel Rabbinical Colleges.  My primary research area is early biblical interpretation, particularly in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Other areas of interest are discourse analysis, history of scholarship, and contemporary socio-cultural applications of Biblical scholarship.

MemberSilas Klein Cardoso

History of Religions and Biblical Studies scholar, currently working as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in the Project “Stamp Seals from the Southern Levant,” funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Ph. D. in Religious Studies (summa cum laude, 2019, UMESP) with emphasis on Religion and Literature in the Biblical World and with a mobility grant to the Department of Religious Studies of the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Winner of the “Prêmio Capes de Tese 2020,” for the best doctoral dissertation in Religious Studies and Theology defended in Brazil in 2019, and of the “Grande Prêmio CAPES de Tese Bertha Koiffmann Becker,” for the best doctoral dissertation in Humanities (Humanities; Applied Social Sciences; Linguistics, Literature, and Arts; Interdisciplinary) for the same period. M. A. in Religious Studies (summa cum laude, 2015, UMESP), bachelor’s in Theology (2013, UMESP) and Social Communication, Advertising (2007, UMESP). Member of Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and ABIB, the Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa Bíblica. Research interests: Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Iconographic Exegesis, History of Religions (ancient Israel/Palestine), Theory of Media and Religion, Material Religion.

MemberNicholas Perez

Currently an independent research focusing on religion, philosophy, and history who is hoping to attend the University of Louisville for the PhD in Humanities program.  Planned research is over Teresa of Avila’s epistemology of the body. Research interests include Virgin Mary, primarily theological conceptions conerning her and cultural reception of her; theology and history of Christianity (primary periods ancient, medieval, and postmodern), particular focus on concepts of salvation, the Eucharist, gender, and the body; female Christian mystics, primarily Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila; Biblical exegesis, translation, and literary analysis; connections between literature and religion; philosophy of Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Nietzsche, Freud, Heideggar, Bataille, Beauvoir, Kirsteva, and Irigaray (primary philosophic interest is existential phenomenology).

MemberYael Landman

Hebrew Bible; ancient Near East; biblical, cuneiform, and early Jewish law; law and literature; Semitic linguistics My work examines the Hebrew Bible in comparison with ancient Near Eastern sources and draws on contemporary legal and literary theory and linguistics, with further recourse to ancient Jewish sources and medieval exegesis. I am currently transforming my dissertation into a book entitled Legal Practice, Legal Writing: The Biblical Bailment Law and Divine Justice.  I am Acquisitions Editor of Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, and Jewish Studies at Gorgias Press. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, email me at I am currently Visiting Research Fellow in Judaic Studies at CUNY Brooklyn College.

MemberJohn Meade

John Meade lives in Phoenix, AZ where he teaches at Phoenix Seminary. He has coauthored The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming Nov. 2017) and he has edited the materials for A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22-42 to be published by Peeters late this year or early next for the Hexapla Institute. He plans to continue researching in the areas outlined under “Projects” below. He teaches and mentors students at the seminary, recognizing the holistic nature of education as character formation. His courses include Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; the Hebrew Language sequence from Introduction to Exegesis (Isaiah, Job, Proverbs); electives in Biblical Theology, Formation of the Biblical Canon, Readings in the Septuagint, and Readings in the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon.