Molly Zahn

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Graduate Director, Religious Studies
Primary office:
785-864-4609
Smith Hall, Room 203

The Hebrew Bible; the ancient Near Eastern world; early Judaism (especially the Dead Sea Scrolls); early Christianity; historical relations between Christianity and Judaism

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2009

Molly Zahn received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2009, and has also studied in Minnesota, Oxford (England), Tübingen (Germany), and Uppsala (Sweden). Her areas of interest include the Hebrew Bible, the ancient Near Eastern world, early Judaism (especially the Dead Sea Scrolls), early Christianity, and the historical relations between Christianity and Judaism. In her research, she focuses on the issue of interpretation: how religious communities read and renew their sacred traditions in light of their own experiences and circumstances. She has published several articles on scriptural interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in later layers of the Hebrew Bible. Her first book, Rethinking Rewritten Scripture: Composition and Exegesis in the 4QReworked Pentateuch Manuscripts, was published by Brill in 2011.


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