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Tawny Holm

Tawny Holm

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

323 Weaver Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-0790

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Languages,
  2. 1997


Prof. Holm’s scholarship deals with the Hebrew Bible, Aramaic studies, Early Judaism, and Ancient Near Eastern cultures, literature, and history. Her book, Of Courtiers and Kings: The Biblical Daniel Narratives and Ancient Story-Collections (Eisenbrauns, 2013), approaches the court tales of Daniel 1-6 and their later incorporation into the biblical editions of the book within the context of story-collections and story-cycles in the Ancient Near East.

Her current research is particularly focused on the Jewish and Aramean presence in Egypt in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. Her forthcoming volume for the SBL series “Writings from the Ancient World” is devoted to the ancient Aramaic literature from Syro-Palestine and Egypt and includes an edition of Papyrus Amherst 63, which contains several different compositions and is written in Aramaic but with Demotic Egyptian script. Prof. Holm is also working on a monograph on Ancient Aramaic literature generally (under contract with Walter de Gruyter).

Recent Courses

J ST/CAMS 110: Hebrew Bible: Old Testament
J ST/CAMS 111: Early Judaism
J ST/CAMS 120: New Testament
J ST/CAMS 122: Apocalypse and Beyond
J ST/CAMS 124: Early and Medieval Christianity
J ST/CAMS 160: Sacrifice in Ancient Religions

Recent Publications

“Moses in the Prophets and the Writings of the Hebrew Bible.” In Jane Beal, ed., Illuminating Moses: A History of Reception from Exodus to the Renaissance, pp. 37-57. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

“Memories of Sennacherib in Aramaic Tradition.” In Isaac Kalimi and Seth Richardson, eds., Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem (701 B.C.E.): Story, History and Historiography, pp.  Leiden: Brill, 2014.

“Aramaic.” In Gonzalo Rubio, ed., Handbook of Ancient Mesopotamia. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, in press.


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion grant recipient (2006)
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