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Ben Outhwaite

Ben Outhwaite


Ben Outhwaite is the Head of the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University, a position he has held since 2006. Before that, he worked for the previous seven years as a Genizah researcher.

Dr. Outhwaite’s research revolves around Hebrew and its use in the Middle Ages: particularly the vocalization traditions associated with Biblical Hebrew, the Medieval Hebrew language as a medium of communication throughout the early Middle Ages, the form and function of the medieval Hebrew Bible, and the documentary history of the communities who deposited manuscripts into the Cairo Genizah. His research projects have been funded by the AHRC, the British Academy, the Wellcome Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others, and he is a series editor for Brill’s Cambridge Genizah Studies series.

Jewish Studies
Education

PhD, MPhil, and BA
Christ College, Cambridge

Publications
  • Hebrew Bible Manuscripts in the Cambridge Genizah Collection
  • Discarded History: the Genizah of Medieval Cairo
Research interests
  • Biblical and Medieval Hebrew
  • The Cairo Genizah
Courses

The Cairo Genizah: Historical and Literary Treasures