Katell Berthelot

Dr. Katell Berthelot is Professor of History of Ancient Judaism at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence, France.


1. Education and Diplomas• 2014: Habilitation (1st class Honours) at the University of Aix-Marseille. Title: “The Scriptures and the Land: Studies on Jewish Texts and History in the Hellenistic and Roman Period”.• 2001: PhD (1st class Honours) in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology at Paris IV Sorbonne University. Title: “Jewish Philanthrôpia: Israel and Humankind in Jewish Thought during the Second Temple Period (3d century BCE – 1st century CE)”. Published in 2003 with Brill; the book was awarded the Théodore Reinach Prize in 2003.• 1996: Master 2 (1st class Honours) in History of Religions at Paris IV Sorbonne University. Title: “Egypt in the Torah’s Mirror: Egypt and Egyptians in Jewish Writings from the third century BCE to the second century CE”.2. Appointments• 2015–: CNRS Professor at the research centre Centre Paul-Albert Février (UMR 7297), jointly run by the CNRS and Aix-Marseille University.• 2008-2011: 4 years appointment at the CNRS research centre in Jerusalem (CRFJ, USR 3132).• 2002-2015: CNRS Researcher.3. LanguagesAncient: Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic.Modern: French, Hebrew, English, German, Italian.4. Grants and prizes• 2017: Prize of the Fondation Pierre Lafue for the book Jérusalem, histoire d’une ville-monde, co-authored with Vincent Lemire, Julien Loiseau and Yann Potin. • 2014-2019: ERC Consolidator Grant for the research project Judaism and Rome (1,43 M €).• 2008: Irène Joliot-Curie Prize of the French Ministry of Research in the category “young woman scholar of the year.”• 2007: Bronze medal of the CNRS (the highest distinction for junior scholars at the CNRS).• 2003 and 2006: CRFJ (CNRS research centre in Jerusalem) research grants (one month).• 2002: Fulbright research fellowship, one semester at Yale University (January – May 2002).• 2001-2002: Post-doctoral fellowship Lavoisier by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (I had to decline because it was not compatible with the Fulbright fellowship).• 2001: Grant by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (New York).• 2000: Grant by the Vidal Sassoon Centre for the Study of Antisemitism (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).• 1999: Grant by the Foundation for French Judaism (Fondation du Judaïsme Français).• 1998-99: Scholarship of the Israeli government through the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.• 1998-99: Fulbright fellowship as a research student for a one-year stay at the University of Chicago (I had to decline because I accepted the scholarship of the Israeli government for the same academic year).5. Supervision of international research programs• 2014-2019: Principal Investigator of the ERC project Judaism and Rome (Re-thinking Judaism’s Encounter with the Roman Empire: Rome’s Political and Religious Challenge to Israel and its Impact on Judaism (2nd Century BCE – 4th Century CE)) (Consolidator Grant, total budget 1,43 million euros).• 2006-2009: The Notion of Divine Commandments in Judaism and Islam, in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Sarah Stroumsa and Meir Bar Asher), two research centres of the MMSH (CNRS – Aix-Marseille University) and the CRFJ (CNRS research centre in Jerusalem).• 2005-2007: Divine Laws and Human Rights, international work-package in the framework of the excellence network in social and human sciences “Ramses2” run by the MMSH, under the auspices of the 6th PCRD. WP run in collaboration with Giovanni Filoramo (University of Torino, Italy) and Matthias Morgenstern (University of Tübingen, Germany).6. Organization of international conferences and workshops14 from 2006 to 2017.7. Scientific evaluation• Reports for: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR); IMéRa (Institute of Advanced Studies, Marseille); French-American Commission (Paris); Israel Science Foundation (ISF); Yad haNadiv (Israel); Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique (FNS) (Switzerland); Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) (Belgium); Research Council of the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) [applications for research grants or research fellowships].• Scientific Committees:• 2017–: Member of the scientific committee of the French Research Centre in Jerusalem.• 2015–: Member of the Hellenistic Judaism Section Steering Committee at the Society of Biblical Literature.• 2011, 2007: Member of the hiring committee of the Department of Classics at Aix-Marseille University. • 2008–2012: 4-year mandate at the Comité National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CoNRS), section 32 Ancient and Medieval Worlds (the CoNRS is the main evaluation instance at the CNRS; it assesses applications for fundings for journals and conferences, hires new researchers and evaluates the researchers working at the CNRS).8. Editorial tasks• Co-editor of the series La Bibliothèque de Qumrân (Paris, Editions du Cerf) (since 2006).• Member of the editorial board of the Revue de l’Histoire des Religions (2015–); Journal for the Study of Judaism (2012–); Journal of Ancient Judaism (2009–); Studia Philonica Annual (2007–).• Occasional reviewer for: Journal for the Study of Judaism; Journal of Ancient Judaism; Henoch; Studia Philonica Annual; Cahiers du Centre Gustave Glotz; Semitica et Classica; Revue des Etudes Juives; Journal of Jewish Studies; Revue de l’Histoire des Religions; Revue de Qumrân; Studies in Late Antiquity; Syria. 9. Teaching experience • Training for PhD students in academic writing (University of Aix-Marseille, 2017–).• “Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls,” at the School of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Catholic University of Paris (2012–).• “Introduction to Judaism,” at the Institute of Political Sciences in Aix-en-Provence (2006, 2007) and at the Protestant Faculty of Theology in Montpellier (2007–).• BA course on “Women in the Bible” at the University of Aix-Marseille (2006).• MA course about “Mesopotamian, Biblical and Greek Myths of Origins” at the Institute of Political Sciences in Aix-en-Provence (2005).• MA seminar on the history of Jewish exegesis at the French Biblical and Archaeological School in Jerusalem (2011, 2013).10. Publications Books 1. K. Berthelot, In Search of the Promised Land? The Hasmonean Dynasty Between Biblical Models and Hellenistic Diplomacy, JAJS 24, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017, 490 p.2. K. Berthelot, Le monothéisme peut-il être humaniste ?, Paris, Fayard (collection « Les dieux dans la cité »), 2006 (an Italian translation has been published by Morcelliana).3. K. Berthelot, L’« humanité de l’autre homme » dans la pensée juive ancienne, SJSJ 87, Leiden – Boston, Brill, 2004. 4. K. Berthelot, Philanthrôpia judaica. Le débat autour de la “misanthropie” des lois juives dans l’Antiquité, SJSJ 76, Leiden – Boston, Brill, 2003 (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism n°76). Edited volumes1. K. Berthelot, R. Naiweld and D. Stökl Ben Ezra (ed.), L’identité à travers l’éthique. Nouvelles perspectives sur la formation des identités collectives dans le monde gréco-romain, Turnhout, Brepols, 2015.2. K. Berthelot, J. David and M. Hirshman (ed.), The Gift of the Promised Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in the History of Jewish Thought, Oxford–New York, Oxford University Press, 2014.3. D. Albera and K. Berthelot (ed.), Dieu, une enquête. Judaïsme, christianisme, islam, ce qui les distingue, ce qui les rapproche, Paris, Flammarion, 2013.4. K. Berthelot and M. Morgenstern (ed.), The Quest for a Common Humanity: Human Dignity and Otherness in the Religious Traditions of the Mediterranean, Numen 134, Leiden, Brill, 2011.5. K. Berthelot and D. Stökl Ben Ezra (ed.), Aramaica Qumranica: Proceedings of the Conference on the Aramaic Texts from Qumran at Aix en Provence 30 June–2 July 2008, STDJ 94, Leiden, Brill, 2010. 6. K. Berthelot and T. Legrand (ed.), La Bibliothèque de Qumrân. Volume 2. Torah – Exode, Lévitique, Nombres, Paris, Editions du Cerf, 2010.7. K. Berthelot, T. Legrand and A. Paul (ed.), La Bibliothèque de Qumrân. Volume 1. Torah – Genèse, Paris, Editions du Cerf, 2008. Articles published in peer-reviewed international journals, as sole author (a selection)1. “Entre octroi de la citoyenneté et adoption : les modèles pour penser la conversion au judaïsme à l’époque romaine,” Pallas 104 (2017), p. 37-50.2. “The Rabbis Write Back! L’enjeu de la “parenté” entre Israël et Rome-Ésaü-Édom,” Revue de l’histoire des religions 233/2 (2016), p. 165-192.3. “Judas Maccabeus’s Wars Against Judaea’s Neighbours in 1 Maccabees 5: A Reassessment of the Evidence,” Electrum 21 (2014), p. 73-85.4. “Reclaiming the Land (1 Maccabees 15:28-36): Hasmonean Discourse between Biblical Tradition and Seleucid Rhetoric,” Journal of Biblical Literature 133/3 (2014), p. 537-557.5. “A Classical Ethical Problem in Ancient Philosophy and Rabbinic Thought: The Case of the Shipwrecked,” Harvard Theological Review 106/2 (2013), p. 1-29.6. “Philo’s Perception of the Roman Empire », Journal for the Study of Judaism 42/2 (2011), p. 166-187.7. “The Canaanites who ‘trusted in God’: an original interpretation of the fate of the Canaanites in rabbinic literature,” Journal of Jewish Studies 62/2 (2011), p. 233-261.8. “Joshua in Jewish Sources from the Second Temple Period,” Meghillot 7-8 (2010), p. 97-112 (in Hebrew).9. “Philo and the Conquest of Canaan,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 38/1 (2007), p. 39-56.10. “L’idéologie maccabéenne entre idéologie de la résistance armée et idéologie du martyre,” Revue des Etudes Juives 165/1-2 (2006), p. 99-122.11. “La place des infirmes et des ‘lépreux’ dans les textes de Qumrân et les évangiles,” Revue Biblique 113/2 (2006), p. 211-241.12. “Poseidonios d’Apamée et les Juifs,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 34/2 (2003), p. 160-198.13. “La mise en cause et la défense de la ‘philanthropie’ des lois juives au Ier et au XVIIIe siècles de n. è.,” Revue des Etudes Juives 161/1-2 (2002), p. 41-82.14. “L’interprétation symbolique des lois alimentaires dans la Lettre d’Aristée : une influence pythagoricienne,” Journal of Jewish Studies 52/2 (2001), p. 253-268.15. “La notion de ger dans les textes de Qumrân,” Revue de Qumrân 74 (1999), p. 171-216. Chapters in peer-reviewed books and conference proceedings, as sole author (a selection)1. “The Paradoxical Similarities between the Jews and the Roman Other,” in Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Christianity, ed. Michal Bar Asher-Siegal, Wolfgang Grünstäudl and Matthew Thiessen, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2017, p. 95-109.2. “Casting Lots and Distributing Territories: The Hellenistic Background of the Book of Jubilees and the Genesis Apocryphon,” in Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at Seventy, ed. Joel Baden, Hindy Najman, and Eibert Tigchelaar, Leiden, Brill, 2016, p. 173-191.3. “Terre promise et patrie céleste dans Hébreux 11,” in The Epistle to the Hebrews: Writing at the Borders, ed. Régis Burnet, Didier Luciani, and G. Van Oyen, Leuven, Peeters, 2016, p. 137-151.4. “The Notion of Anathema in Ancient Jewish Literature Written in Greek,” in La réception du vocabulaire septantique dans la littérature juive et chrétienne de langue grecque, ed. E. Bons and J. Joosten, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2014, p. 35-52.5. “Where may Canaanites be found? Canaanites, Phoenicians and Others in Jewish Texts from the Hellenistic and Roman Period,” in The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites, ed. K. Berthelot, J. David and M. Hirshman, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014, p. 253-274.6. “Philo and the Allegorical Interpretation of Homer in the Platonic Tradition (with an Emphasis on Porphyry’s De antro nympharum),” in M. Niehoff (ed.), Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters, Leiden, Brill, 2012, p. 155-174.7. “Is God Unfair? The Fourth Book of Ezra as a Response to the Crisis of 70 C.E.,” in A. Lange, K. F. Diethard Römheld and M. Weigold (ed.), Judaism and Crisis. Crisis as a Catalyst in Jewish Cultural History, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011, p. 73-89.8. “The Original Sin of the Canaanites,” in D. Harlow et al. (ed.), The ‘Other’ in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. Collins, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, p. 49-66.9. “Assistance to the Shipwrecked as a Paradigm of Humaneness in the Ancient World,” in K. Berthelot and M. Morgenstern (ed.), The Quest for a Common Humanity: Human Dignity and Otherness in the Religious Traditions of the Mediterranean, Leiden, Brill, 2011, p. 311-326.10. “Grecs, Barbares et Juifs dans l’œuvre de Philon,” in B. Decharneux et S. Inowlocki (ed.), Philon d’Alexandrie. Un penseur à l’intersection des cultures gréco-romaine, orientale, juive et chrétienne, Turnhout, Brepols (collection Monothéismes et philosophie n°12), 2011, p. 47-62.11. “4QTestimonia as a Polemic against the Prophetic Claims of John Hyrcanus,” in K. de Troyer and A. Lange (with L. L. Schulte), Prophecy after the Prophets? The Contribution of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Understanding of Biblical and Extra-Biblical Prophecy, Leuven, Peeters, 2009, p. 99-116.12. “Les titres des livres bibliques : le témoignage de la bibliothèque de Qumrân,” in A. Hilhorst, É. Puech et E. Tigchelaar (ed.), Flores Florentino: Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Early Jewish Studies in Honour of Florentino García Martínez, Leiden, Brill, 2007, p. 127-140.13. “The Biblical Conquest of the Promised Land and the Hasmonean Wars according to 1 and 2 Maccabees,” in G. Xeravits (ed.), The Books of Maccabees, Leiden, Brill, 2007, p. 45-60.14. “Jewish Views of Human Sacrifice in the Hellenistic and Roman Period,” in K. Finsterbusch, A. Lange et K. F. Diethard Römheld (ed.), Human Sacrifice in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and Later Recurrences, Leiden, Brill, 2006, p. 151-173.15. “The Use of Greek and Roman Stereotypes about the Egyptians by Hellenistic Jewish Apologists, with Special Reference to Josephus’ Against Apion,” in J. U. Kalms (ed.), Internationales Josephus-Kolloquium Aarhus 1999, Münster, Lit, 2000, p. 185-221. Dictionaries and encyclopedias (a selection)“Early Jewish Literature Written in Greek,” in J. J. Collins and D. C. Harlow (ed.), The Dictionary of Early Judaism, Winona Lake, Eisenbrauns, 2010, p. 181-199.12. Dissemination of knowledge towards a general audience I regularly publish articles in popular journals like L’Histoire, Le Monde des Religions, Le Monde de la Bible, and participate in radio talks (France Culture, RFC...) and TV programs (France 2, KTO, Arte [documentary L’invention de l’Occident, 2013]).

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