UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Dr Alinda Damsma

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Deputy Head of Department

Lecturer (Teaching) in Biblical Hebrew


Dr Alinda Damsma lectures ancient Semitic languages and is Deputy Head of Department. She received her Bachelor and Master of Divinity from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2003) and her PhD from the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL (2008). Her current research focuses on the use of Aramaic in kabbalistic writings. In addition, she is working on a monograph which examines the role and the impact of the Bible on the early modern witch-hunts. Her research interests are the Hebrew Bible, Bible translations, the ancient Near East and its languages, Jewish mysticism, and magic, divination, and witchcraft in biblical & post-biblical times. 

Research Interests

  • The Hebrew Bible
  • Bible translations
  • Semitics
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Magic, divination, and witchcraft in biblical & post-biblical times

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