Hagit Amirav

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Hagit Amirav is Professor of Patristics and Late Antiquity and a Fenna Diemer-Lindeboom endowed Chair at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is director of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research profile includes the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Greek Patristics, Early Christianity and Orientalism in early modern Europe. She received her academic education in Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Oxford.

Between 2016 and 2017 she was chair of the Young Academy of Europe. She served (2014-) as a ERC Starting Grant panel member (SH5) and as NWO review panel member (2017-).

She is general editor of the series Late Antique History and Religion (Peeters, Leuven) and editer of European Review (Cambridge).


The total sum of grants received since 1997 by Hagit Amirav amounts to € 1,400,000. Among other grants, Hagit Amirav is: 

  • recipient of a Sir Isaiah Berlin Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford (2002);
  • laureate of an ERC (European Research Council) Starting grant (2008-2014), entitled The Appropriation of the Jewish Scriptures: Allegory, Pauline Exegesis, and the Negotiation of Religious Identities (this excerpt from a newsletter provides a description of the project, additionally you can read this article). See the Vrije Universiteit Top Researchers page for more information about the ERC Starting Grant.
  • Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Hebrew University (December-January, 2009 and April-May, 2017);
  • twice elected to a Visiting Research Fellowship at Brasenose College, Oxford (2010 and 2011);
  • Life Member of the Senior Common Room at Brasenose College, Oxford;
  • Principal Investigator and Co-ordinator of the NWO International Research Group on Literary Genres in the Late Antique and Early Islamic Near East, 2012-2014 (for more information, see also her academic homepage and the NWO-website);
  • currently Principal Investigator of the project, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, about the Syriac fragments of the commentaries of Theodore of Mopsuestia on the minor Pauline epistles;
  • currently a recipient of an NWO-funded PhD in the Humanities grant (PhD candidate: Miriam Adan Jones).

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Education/Academic qualification

Greek and Roman History, PhD, Oxford University

Greek and Roman History, Master, Oxford University

Classics, Magna cum laude, Bachelor, Tel Aviv University

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Amsterdam Arts & Humanities
Patristics Arts & Humanities
Religious History Arts & Humanities
Late Antiquity Arts & Humanities
Ancient History Arts & Humanities
Classical Studies Arts & Humanities
Tel Aviv Arts & Humanities
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Research Output 2001 2018

Christian Historiography between Empires (4th–8th Centuries)

Amirav, H. (ed.), Hoogerwerf, C. (ed.) & Perczel, I. (ed.), 2018, (In preparation) Leuven: Peeters. (Late Antique History and Religion)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

The ‘New Testament’ as a Polemical Tool: Studies in Ancient Christian Anti-Jewish Rhetoric and Beliefs

Amirav, H. (ed.) & Roukema, R. (ed.), 2018, (Accepted/In press) Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 260 p. (Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus/Studien zur Umwelt des Neuen Testaments; vol. 118)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Why Argue? Paul and the Pauline Epistles in Patristic Rhetoric

Amirav, H. & Hoogerwerf, C., 2018, The 'New Testament' as a Polemical Tool: Studies in Ancient Christian Anti-Jewish Rhetoric and Beliefs. Roukema, R. & Amirav, H. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, p. 57-71 15 p. (Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus/Studien zur Umwelt des Neuen Testaments; vol. 118).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Apocalypticism and Eschatology in Late Antiquity: Encounters in the Abrahamic Religions, 6th-8th Centuries

Amirav, H. (ed.), Grypeou, E. (ed.) & Stroumsa, G. G. (ed.), 2017, Leuven: Peeters. 260 p. (Late Antique History and Religion; vol. 17)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Preaching the Gospel to the Hellenes: the Life and Works of Gregory the Wonderworker

Celia, F., 2017, 301 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

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Activities 1998 2017

NWO Vidi panel membership

Hagit Amirav (Participant)
2017 → …

Activity: Other

Young Academy of Europe (External organisation)

Hagit Amirav (Chair)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

European Review (Journal)

Hagit Amirav (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Panel Member of ERC Evaluation Panel (SH5)

Hagit Amirav (Consultant)
2014 → …

Activity: Consultancy

Preparatory Workshop “The Lives and Afterlives of Texts and Images in Late Antiquity: Strategies of Manipulation and Social Exclusion in Polemical Contexts”

Vanja Ljujic (Participant), H. Amirav (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic