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Aaron Rubin

Aaron Rubin

Aaron Rubin

Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics
221 Weaver Building University Park, PA 16802


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, Comparative Semitic linguistics, and Jewish languages. He has published numerous articles and eight monographs, including A Brief Introduction to the Semitic Languages (Gorgias, 2010), Omani Mehri: A New Grammar with Texts (Brill, 2018), and Jewish Languages from A to Z (Routledge, 2021). He has also edited four books, most 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

Education Details:

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