UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Dr Alinda Damsma

snapshot of Alinda at a desk
Lecturer (Teaching) in Biblical Hebrew


Dr Alinda Damsma teaches Biblical Hebrew at Beginners and Intermediate level in the 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). She formerly taught Biblical Hebrew at various levels at Leo Baeck College (also Biblical & Targumic Aramaic), King’s College London and the University of Oxford.

Dr Damsma's past publications focused on Aramaic, the Targums, and Jewish mysticism. She is currently working on two monographs: a grammar of the Zohar, and a study on the perception of magic, divination, and witchcraft in the English Bible translations, particularly the King James Version and its predecessors, and their impact on the early modern witch-hunts.

Research Interests

  • The Hebrew Bible
  • Bible translations
  • Semitics (specifically Paleo-Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic)
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Magic and witchcraft in biblical & post-biblical times