UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Dr Alinda Damsma

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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 current research focuses on the use of Aramaic in kabbalistic writings. In addition, she is working on a monograph which examines 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
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Magic, divination, and witchcraft in biblical & post-biblical times

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