My main research focus is the analysis of Biblical Hebrew, combining recent linguistic theory with careful philological investigation. My recent work analysed the biblical Hebrew particles kî and ’ašer as nominalizers on the basis of a typological model that derives from a wide-ranging study of nominalization in non-Western languages. This work grows out of my training and work in various different parts of the world: East Asia (Korea and China), Middle East (Israel), Europe (Germany and UK), South Africa and USA.
I’m currently investigating scribal education in ancient Israel in the context of the ancient Near East in order to understand the textual formation of the Hebrew Bible. I have also been heavily involved in the study of Ugaritic incantations and rituals, as part of the BabMed Project at Freie Universität Berlin and am preparing these Ugaritic materials for publication in the near future.