Dr Benjamin Williams
Lecturer in Biblical and Rabbinic Studies
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Dr Benjamin Williams teaches Biblical Hebrew and Rabbinics at Leo Baeck College and the University of Oxford. His research focuses on rabbinic Bible interpretation and its transmission in Jewish and Christian commentaries of the medieval and early modern periods. Before arriving at Leo Baeck College, Ben studied at the University of Oxford where his doctoral dissertation was supervised by Professor Joanna Weinberg. He then carried out a three-year Leverhulme-funded project on the reception of the Hebrew Bible in the Sixteenth Century called “Reading the Bible in the Ottoman Empire: A New Chapter in Early Modern Jewish Exegesis” at King’s College London. His monograph, Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century: The Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher, was published by Oxford University Press.