Dr Hector M. Patmore
Lecturer in Hebrew and Judaism
Translation and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Antiquity
Ideas about evil and demonology in Antiquity
My research is concerned with how Jews in Antiquity translated, read, and understood their scriptures. One of my primary interests is in a collection of texts known as Targums (Aramaic paraphrases of the Hebrew Bible). I recently completed a major project examining the manuscripts of Targum Jonathan, resulting in monograph published by Oxford University Press in their Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement Series. I am currently collaborating with Thierry Legrand (Strasbourg) on a French translation of Targum Jonathan.
My expertise in Aramaic and interest in Jewish exegesis has also led me into the world of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Working with Prof. E.J.C. Tigchelaar (Leuven), I recently prepared all the Aramaic texts for the revised edition of The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (Leiden: Brill, currently in press).
In 2014 I coordinated an international congress that gave me a chance to explore in more depth my interest in traditions about evil and demonology in Antiquity. The congress examined the 'Evil Inclination' (Hebrew: yetser ha-ra) within Judaism and considered its impact on early Christian thought. I am now working with Dr J.K. Aitken (Cambridge) and Prof. I. Rosen-Zvi (Tel Aviv) on editing the proceedings. I also participate on an on-going basis in an international research network focusing on demons and the Devil in late Antiquity.
I have also published articles and book chapters on the ancient translations of the Jewish scriptures (especially the Septuagint) and the development and transmission of traditions of interpretation, including the Christian use of Jewish traditions in Antiquity. These areas of interest have grown out of my doctoral research, which also formed the basis for my first book Adam, Satan, & the King of Tyre (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
Education and qualifications
BA, MA, PhD University of Durham
I came to Cardiff in 2013 after post-doctoral work at The Protestant Theological University of the Netherlands and the University of Strasbourg. I have held visiting fellowships at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford.
Honours and awards
I have been awarded numerous research grants and scholarships, including from the Rothschild Foundation Europe, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, la Fondation du Judaïsme Français, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Spalding Trust.
During my time at Durham I was awarded the Van Mildert Theology Scholarship, the Watkins Hebrew Scholarship, and the Anita Milne Scholarship.
I am an Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Council for British Research in the Levant.
I am a member of the International Organisation for Targum Studies (Executive committee member); the Society for Old Testament Study; the European Association for Jewish Studies; the World Union of Jewish Studies; and The Society of Biblical Literature.
- RT2104/05 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew & Further Biblical Hebrew
- RT2201/02 - Classical Hebrew I & Classical Hebrew II
- RT2304 – Hebrew Texts
- RT2306 - Judaism: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern
- RT1349 - Open Choice Translation
- RT1111/2 Introduction to the Study of Religion 1/2
Classical Hebrew; Judaism (principally ancient Judaism); and Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.