Katell Berthelot

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Katell Berthelot
Principal Investigator of the ERC project "Judaism and Rome"
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Katell Berthelot is professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and a member of the Paul Albert-Février research centre at Aix-Marseille University. Her field is the history of Judaism in the Greco-Roman world, with a particular focus on Jewish literature in Greek, the Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinic literature. Her research interests include the reception history of biblical texts, various issues connected to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the reception of Greek ethical and political ideas in Jewish thought, the impact of Hellenistic royal models and Roman imperial ideology upon Jewish institutions and thought, and more generally the interactions between Jews and non-Jews in the Greco-Roman world.

Her PhD (Sorbonne University, 2001) was on the accusations of misanthropy against the Jews in Antiquity and the Jewish responses to these charges (see Bibliography below).

Together with Michael Langlois and Thierry Legrand, she is the editor of the series La Bibliothèque de Qumrân (Paris: Editions du Cerf).

She teaches in various universities, such as the Institut Catholique de Paris (Ecole des Langues et Civilisations de l’Orient Ancien), the Protestant Faculty of Theology in Montpellier, and Aix-Marseille University.

Books (a selection)
In Search of the Promised Land? The Hasmonean Dynasty Between Biblical Models and Hellenistic Diplomacy, forthcoming in 2017 with Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
L’identité à travers l’éthique. Nouvelles perspectives sur la formation des identités collectives dans le monde gréco-romain, ed. K. Berthelot, R. Naiweld and D. Stökl Ben Ezra (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).
The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought, ed. K. Berthelot, J. David and M. Hirshman (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
L’ “humanité de l’autre homme” dans la pensée juive ancienne, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism n°87 (Leiden: Brill, 2004).
• Philanthrôpia judaica. Le débat autour de la “misanthropie” des lois juives dans l’Antiquité, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism n°76 (Leiden: Brill, 2003).

Articles (a selection)
• “The Rabbis Write Back! L’enjeu de la “parenté” entre Israël et Rome-Ésaü-Édom,” Revue de l’histoire des religions 233/2 (2016): 165-192.
• “L’empire romain, un défi politico-religieux pour le judaïsme antique,” Etudes théologiques et religieuses 91/3 (2016): 339-349.
• “Casting Lots and Distributing Territories: The Hellenistic Background of the Book of Jubilees and the Genesis Apocryphon », in Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at Seventy, ed. J. Baden, H. Najman, and E. J. C. Tigchelaar (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 173-191.
• “La philanthrôpia, un idéal partagé entre Grecs, Romains, Juifs et chrétiens ?,” in L’identité à travers l’éthique. Nouvelles perspectives sur la formation des identités collectives dans le monde gréco-romain, ed. K. Berthelot, R. Naiweld, and D. Stökl Ben Ezra (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), 91-116.
• “Reclaiming the Land (1 Maccabees 15:28-36): Hasmonean Discourse between Biblical Tradition and Seleucid Rhetoric,” Journal of Biblical Literature 133/3 (2014): 537-557.
• “A Classical Ethical Problem in Ancient Philosophy and Rabbinic Thought: The Case of the Shipwrecked,” Harvard Theological Review 106/2 (2013): 1-29
• “The Canaanites who ‘trusted in God’: an original interpretation of the fate of the Canaanites in rabbinic literature,” Journal of Jewish Studies 62/2 (2011): 233-261.
• “Philo’s Perception of the Roman Empire,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 42/2 (2011): 166-187.
• “Assistance to the Shipwrecked as a Paradigm of Humaneness in the Ancient World,” in The Quest for a Common Humanity: Human Dignity and Otherness in the Religious Traditions of the Mediterranean, ed. K. Berthelot and M. Morgenstern (Numen 134; Leiden: Brill, 2011), 311-326.
• “Is God Unfair? The Fourth Book of Ezra as a Response to the Crisis of 70 C.E.,” in Judaism and Crisis. Crisis as a Catalyst in Jewish Cultural History, ed. A. Lange, K. F. Diethard Römheld and M. Weigold (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), 73-89.

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