Tessa Rajak

Senior Research Fellow; Emeritus Professor of Ancient History, University of Reading; Senior Associate of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Professor Tessa Rajak is a British Historian and Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Reading. She is also a Senior Associate of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Her research focuses primarily on Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and she is an expert on the writings of Josephus.

Tessa Rajak studied at Oxford, submitting her DPhil in 1974. She became Professor of Ancient History at Reading and was the 95/96 Grinfield Lecturer in Oxford. She edited the Journal of Jewish Studies from 2000-03.



Flavius Josephus. Jewish History and the Greek World. Dissertation, University of Oxford 1974.

Josephus. The Historian and his Society. Fortress Press, Philadelphia 1984

The Jewish Dialogue with Greece and Rome. Studies in Cultural and Social Interaction (= Arbeiten zur Geschichte des antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums. Band 48). Brill, Leiden 2000,

Translation and survival. The Greek Bible of the Ancient Jewish Diaspora. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009

Edited volumes

with John North and Judith Lieu: The Jews Among Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire. Routledge, London 1992,

with Gillian Clark: Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World. Essays in Honour of Miriam Griffin. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2002

with Sarah Pearce, James Aitken and Jennifer Dines: Jewish Perspectives on Hellenistic Rulers. University of California Press, Berkeley 2007

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