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Dr Jonathan Kearney

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer

t: +353 1 896 1297

Academic Degrees / Qualifications

2007 – PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (UCD)
1999 – MLitt in Arabic and Islamic Studies (UCD)
1995 – BA in Arabic and Hebrew (UCD)

Research Interests

Judaism and Islam and their textual foundations;
Mediaeval Jewish and Islamic scriptural exegesis;
Semitic languages and linguistics;
Judaeo-Arabic language and literature;
Heterodoxy and orthodoxy in Islam and Judaism;
The Amman Message and the Common Word initiatives; classification, boundaries and liminal zones in religions.  

Teaching Responsibilities

Islamic Studies

Recent Publications

Rashi – Linguist despite Himself: A Study of the Linguistic Dimension of Rabbi Solomon Yishaqi’s Commentary on Deuteronomy (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 532; New York: T & T Clark, 2010).

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Articles and Chapters in Books
“Beyond Peshat and Derash: Linguistic Dimensions of Rashi’s Commentary on Deuteronomy.” From Theodulf to Rashi: Uncovering the Origins of European Biblical Scholarship. Edited by Johannes Heil.(Commentaria; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“Grammatical Thought in Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation.” Brill Encyclopedia of the Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Edited by Geoffrey Khan. (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2013).

“An Introduction to Islam” (in three parts) Intercom 40/7-9(September-October 2010): 33, 27 and 29.

“The Torah of Israel in the Tongue of Ishmael: Saadia Gaon’s Tafsīr.” Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association 33-34 (2010–2011): 55–75.


"It is the duty of the believer to know the language of the Torah and its interpretation": The Karaites and their Contribution to Biblical Studies. 2012 Bedell-Boyle Lecture (forthcoming).

List of Publications pre 2009

Last updated 5 March 2013 (Email).