Dr Grace J Park BA, MA, PhD

Dr Grace J Park

Department of Theology and Religion
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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  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.


  • PhD in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • MA in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • BA in Chinese Language and Literature, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea


In 2019-2020, I will be teaching:

  • Introduction to Biblical Studies (LC 24035)
  • The Use and Interpretation of the Bible (LI 24053)
  • Biblical Hebrew Language (LI 24040; LH 25117)
  • Biblical Hebrew Text (LH 25756)


My research interests include:

  • Biblical Hebrew and Northwest Semitic Languages
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Language typology and comparative Semitic philology
  • Scribal training and literacy in the ancient Near East
  • Ugaritic rituals and incantations

Other activities

  • Guest Researcher at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
  • Research Fellow at the Department of Hebrew, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa




2017 “Rhetorical question in Ruth 1:17b” (JNSL 43:1, 87–103). 

2016 “Stand-Alone Nominalizations Formed with ’ăšer and  in Biblical Hebrew” (Journal of Semitic Studies LXI/1 Spring 2016, 41–65). 

2015 “’ăšer from Light Noun to Nominalizer: Towards a Broader Typology of Clausal Nominalization in Biblical Hebrew” (Hebrew Studies 56, 23–48).

2013 “Polar ’im in Oaths and the Question of Literacy in Lachish 3” (Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 125:3, 463–478). 

2007 “El’s Member in KTU 1.23 (Ugarit Forschungen 39, 617–627).


2004 Korean translation of William Schniedewind’s How the Bible Became a Book, Cambridge (Eco-Livre, Seoul).

Book review: 

2008 Review of Gordon Hamilton’s The Origin of the West Semitic Alphabet in Egyptian Scripts, CBQMS 40, 2006 (Hebrew Studies 49, 317-319).