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Aaron Rubin

Aaron Rubin

Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics

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Office Phone: (814) 863-8941


  1. Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2004
  2. M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics, 1999
  3. B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics, 1998


Professor Rubin teaches courses on Biblical Hebrew, biblical literature, and, when in demand, Arabic, Aramaic, Comparative Semitics, and Yiddish. He conducts research and has published on all periods of Hebrew, Aramaic, Modern South Arabian, Ethiopic, and Comparative Semitic linguistics. He has published numerous articles and five monographs, including A Brief Introduction to the Semitic Languages (Gorgias, 2010), The Mehri Language of Oman (Brill, 2010), and The Jibbali (Shahri) Language of Oman: Grammar and Texts (Brill, 2014). He has also edited four books, mostly recently the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (4 vols, Brill, 2013) and the Handbook of Jewish Languages (Brill, 2016).

Recent Courses

J ST/CAMS/RL ST 110: Hebrew Bible
HEBR/J ST/CAMS 151: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
HEBR/CAMS 452: Advanced Biblical Hebrew

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