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Professor Sarah J. K. Pearce Bachelor of Divinity (University of London); DPhil (University of Oxford); FRHistS

Ian Karten Professor, Head of Discipline to 31 December 2015; on leave, semester 2

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Professor Sarah J. K. Pearce is an Ian Karten Professor of History at the University of Southampton.

I am currently head of the Department of History at the University of Southampton and a member of the University's Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

My research interests are primarily in the reception and interpretation of traditions of the Bible in the Second Temple period, and, more generally, in the culture and society of Jews in the Hellenistic world and the early Roman Empire. My current research focuses primarily on the Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria, and the ways in which his work as an interpreter of the Greek Bible opens up new perspectives on the world of first-century Alexandria and its Jewish and non-Jewish communities. A major part of my current research involves the preparation of a new English translation and commentary on Philo's On the Decalogue for the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series.

Together with Professor Tessa Rajak, I was co-director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council project on the ‘Greek Bible in the Graeco-Roman World' (2001-2006). I am currently a collaborator on an AHRC project based at the University of Oxford on ‘The Reception of Josephus in Jewish Culture from the Eighteenth Century to the Present'.

From 2007-2013, I served as co-chair (with Dr Ellen Birnbaum,) of the Philo of Alexandria Seminar and its annual meetings at the North American Society of Biblical Literature.

In 2010 I was elected as President of the British Association for Jewish Studies.
I also serve as Editor (with Sacha Stern) of the Journal of Jewish Studies, and as Associate Editor (with David Runia and Gregory Sterling) of The Studia Philonica Annual.

Research

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Teaching

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Research interests

  • Philo of Alexandria
  • Flavius Josephus
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Exegesis of the Hebrew and Greek Bible
  • Reception history of the Bible
  • Jewish history and culture in the Second Temple period
  • Hellenistic and early Roman Egypt
  • Jewish/non-Jewish relations from antiquity to the present

I am currently writing a commentary on Philo of Alexandria's treatise, De Decalogo (On the Decalogue), itself the earliest surviving commentary on the Ten Commandments. I am responsible for producing a new English translation, introduction and commentary for the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series (ed. Gregory Sterling).

For reviews of my first monograph on Philo, The Land of the Body: Studies in Philo's Representation of Egypt (Mohr Siebeck, 2007; WUNT 208):

Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 335-338.

The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 94 (2008) 340-342.

Journal of Jewish Studies 60 (2009) 148-149.

Journal of Theological Studies 61/1 (2010) 271-273.

The Studia Philonica Annual 22 (2010) 282-286.

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  • On the Decalogue - Pearce, Sarah Judith. In Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture. 3-Volume Set - Feldman, Louis H., Kugel, James L. and Schiffman, Lawrence H. (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Philadelphia, US
    Page Range:
    989-1032
  • Philo of Alexandria on the Second Commandment - Pearce, Sarah. In The Image and its Prohibition in Jewish Antiquity - Pearce, Sarah (ed.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    Journal of Jewish Studies Supplement Series, 2
    Page Range:
    49-76
  • Introduction - Pearce, Sarah. In The Image and its Prohibition in Jewish Antiquity - Pearce, Sarah (ed.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Series:
    Journal of Jewish Studies Supplement Series, 2
    Page Range:
    1-9
  • Philo and the Temple Scroll on the prohibition of single testimony - Pearce, S.. In The Hebrew Bible in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Lange, Armin, De Troyer, Kristin, Tzoref, Shani and Dávid, Nóra (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Göttingen, GE
    Series:
    Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments, 239
    Page Range:
    321-336
  • Philo of Alexandria on Jewish law and Jewish community - Pearce, Sarah. In Fílon de Alexandria: Nas Origens da Cultura Occidental - Júnior, Manuel Alexandre (ed.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Lisbon, PT
    Page Range:
    137-154
  • Egypt on the Pentatuech's Map of Migration in the Writings of Philo of Alexandria - Pearce, Sarah. In Jewish Journeys: from Philo to Hip Hop - Jordan, James, Kushner, Tony and Pearce, Sarah (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Middlesex, US
    Series:
    Parkes-Wiener Series on Jewish Studies
  • Egypt on the Pentateuch’s map of migration - Pearce, Sarah. In Jewish journeys: from Philo to Hip Hop - Kushner, Tony, Jordan, James and Pearce, Sarah (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Edgware, UK
    Series:
    Parkes-Wiener Series on Jewish Studies
    Page Range:
    165-181
  • Introduction: the Nature of Jewish Journeys - Jordan, James, Kushner, Tony and Pearce, Sarah. In Jewish journeys: from Philo to Hip Hop - Jordan, James, Kushner, Tony and Pearce, Sarah (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Edgware, UK
    Series:
    Parkes-Wiener Series on Jewish Studies
    Page Range:
    3-24
  • Animal worship - Pearce, Sarah. In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Volume 2: Anim - Atheism - Klauck, Hans-Josef, Leppin, Volker, McGinn, Bernard, Seow, Choon-Leong, Spieckermann, Hermann, Walfish, Barry Dov and Ziolkowski, Eric J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    Berlin, DE
  • Onkelos - Pearce, Sarah. In A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations - Kessler, Edward and Wenborn, Neil (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
  • Josephus - Pearce, Sarah. In A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations - Kessler, Edward and Wenborn, Neil (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
  • Philo - Pearce, Sarah. In A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations - Kessler, Edward and Wenborn, Neil (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
  • Pseudepigrapha - Pearce, Sarah. In A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations - Kessler, Edward and Wenborn, Neil (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
  • Translating for Ptolemy: patriotism and politics in the Greek Pentateuch? - Pearce, Sarah. In Jewish Perspectives on Hellenistic Kingship - Rajak, Tessa, Pearce, Sarah, Aitken, James and Dines, Jennifer (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Berkeley, US
    Series:
    Hellenistic Culture and Society
    Page Range:
    165-189
  • Philo on the Nile - Pearce, Sarah. In Jewish Identity in the Greco-Roman World - Frey, Jörg, Schwartz, Daniel R. and Gripentrog, Stephanie (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Leiden, NL
    Series:
    Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
    Volume:
    71
    Page Range:
    137-157
  • Speaking with the voice of God: the High Court according to Greek Deuteronomy 17:8-13 - Pearce, Sarah. In Biblical Traditions in Transmission: Essays in Honour of Michael A. Knibb - Hempel, Charlotte and Lieu, Judith M. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Leiden, NL
    Series:
    Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism
    Volume:
    111
    Page Range:
    237-248
  • Jerusalem as "Mother-City" in the writings of Philo of Alexandria - Pearce, Sarah. In Negotiating Diaspora: Jewish Strategies in the Roman Empire - Barclay, John M.G. (ed.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    London, GB, New York, US
    Series:
    Library of Second Temple Studies
    Page Range:
    19-37
  • Jerusalem as mother city in the writings of Philo of Alexandria - Pearce, Sarah. In Negotiating Diaspora: Jewish Strategies in the Roman Empire - Barclay, John M.G. (ed.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Series:
    The Library of Second Temple Studies
    Volume:
    45
    Page Range:
    19-36
  • King Moses: Notes on Philo's portrait of Moses as an ideal leader in the Life of Moses - Pearce, Sarah. In The Greek Strand in Political Thought. Proceedings of the Conference held at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 16-27 June 2003
    Published:
    2004
    At event:
    The Greek Strand in Political Thought
    Published by:
    Beirut, LB
    Series:
    Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph
    Volume:
    LVII
    Page Range:
    37-74
  • Judaea under Roman rule 63-135 CE - Pearce, Sarah. In The Biblical World - Barton, John (ed.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    London, UK, New York, USA
    Page Range:
    458-491
  • 3 Maccabees - Pearce, Sarah. In The Oxford Bible Commentary - Barton, John and Muddiman, John (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    773-775
  • Josephus and the Witness Laws of Deuteronomy - Pearce, Sarah. In Internationales Josephus-Kolloquium Aarhus 1999 - Kalms, Jürgen U. (ed.)
    Published:
    2000
    At event:
    Internationalen Josephus-Kolloquium
    Published by:
    Berlin, DE
    Series:
    Münsteraner Judaistische Studien
    Page Range:
    122-134
  • Belonging and not belonging: local perspectives in Philo of Alexandria - Pearce, Sarah. In Jewish Local Patriotism and Self-Identification in the Graeco-Roman Period - Jones, Siân and Pearce, Sarah (eds.)
    Published:
    1998
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Series:
    The Library of Second Temple Studies
    Page Range:
    79-105
  • Attitudes of contempt: Christian anti-Judaism and the Bible - Pearce, Sarah. In Cultures of Ambivalence and Contempt: Studies in Jewish-non-Jewish Relations - Kushner, Tony, Jones, Siân and Pearce, Sarah (eds.)
    Published:
    1997
    Published by:
    Edgware, UK
    Series:
    Parkes-Wiener Series on Jewish Studies
    Page Range:
    50-71

Year 1: Masada: History and Myth
Year 2: Cleopatra's Egypt
Year 3: The Bible and History (with Helen Spurling and Mark Stoyle)
Year 3: Roman Imperialism and the Jews
MA:  Jewish/non-Jewish Relations throughout the Ages (with Tony Kushner)
MA: The Jews of Egypt: from Alexander to Trajan

I welcome applications for postgraduate research in early Jewish Bible interpretation; Second Temple period literature and history; studies in Josephus, Philo of Alexandria and other ancient interpreters of biblical tradition; the reception of Jewish antiquity.

Professor Sarah J. K. Pearce
Building 65 Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Email: S.J.Pearce@soton.ac.uk

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