Holger Gzella

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials H.
Main position Hoogleraar UL
Disciplines Language and literature studies of other language groups
Chair Hebreeuwse en Aramese taal- en letterkunde
Division Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Section Language and Literature Section
Membership Member
Since 2016
Member of Assessment Committee Congress Conference Grants Fund -
Member of Committee Large-scale Research
Employed by Universiteit Leiden
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, School of Middle Eastern Studies
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
tel.  071 527 2255
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Holger Gzella is a multifaceted and productive scholar. He is interested in the linguistics of Hebrew and in Bible Studies, but he is mainly known as a world-class specialist in Aramaic.

His magnificent A Cultural History of Aramaic (2015) analyses the entire history and cultural and historical significance of what was the main language (after Akkadian) of the Near and Middle East until the rise of Islam. In his most recent work, Aramäische Wörterbuch (2016), he places the vocabulary of older forms of Aramaic in a broader context.