Tessa Rajak

Senior Research Fellow in Jews in the Roman World
Faculty of Oriental 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.

Selected publications


  • 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

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