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  • Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Biography

    Dr. Cook is a specialist in Biblical Hebrew and in ancient Aramaic, particularly the Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the targums. Prof. Cook was chair of the department from 2010 to 2016. His most recent publication is Biblical Aramaic and Related Dialects: An Introduction (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2022). He is also the author of the Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Eisenbrauns, 2015),  the volume on Numbers for the Antioch Bible project (Numbers According to the Syriac Peshitta Version, Gorgias, 2015), and A Glossary of Targum Onkelos (Brill, 2008). as well as numerous articles in journals and books.  He is co-author, with Michael Wise and Martin Abegg, of The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation (Harper San Francisco, rev. ed. 2005). He was Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2021 and 2022.  His principal areas of research at present are Aramaic dialectology, the development of Mishnaic Hebrew, and the Semitic background of the New Testament.