Professor Nicholas de Lange

Emeritus Fellow

  • Professor of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, CU Faculty of Divinity and Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Nicholas de Lange read Classical Mods and Greats at Christ Church, Oxford, followed by a DPhil in Patristics. After a brief spell as a Research Fellow of the University of Southampton he came to Cambridge as Lecturer in Rabbinics, becoming Reader in Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 1995 and Professor in 2001.

His research interests include Hellenistic and Byzantine Judaism. He has held visiting positions at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Jewish Theological Seminary of Hungary in Budapest, the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Toronto and Princeton University.

He is also a prolific translator, specialising mainly in contemporary Hebrew fiction, and has served as Chairman of the Translators Association.

Selected publications: Origen and the Jews, Greek Jewish Texts from the Cairo Genizah, An Introduction to Judaism, Atlas of the Jewish World, Judaism, The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism.

Selected translations: Amos Oz, My Michael, Black Box, The Same Sea, A Tale of Love and Darkness; A. B. Yehoshua, Journey to the End of the Millennium; S. Yizhar, Preliminaries.

He has served the College as Wine Steward and as Director of Studies in Theology.