Prof. Guy Darshan

Department of Bible
חוג למקרא סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Guy Darshan
Phone: 03-6408557
Fax: 03-6407367
Office: Rosenberg - Jewish Studies, 115

General Information

Guy Darshan joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University in 2015–16 as Senior Lecturer (tenure-track) in the department of Biblical Studies. He earned his academic degrees at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (BA, Bible and Classics 2002; MA, Bible 2006, both summa cum laude) and completed his Ph.D. in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Alexander Rofé and Prof. Deborah Gera. He did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago in 2012–2013 and in 2015 he was a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica in the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Darshan has received several prestigious academic grants and awards, such as Nathan Rotenstreich doctoral fellowship, the 2013 Bernard M. Bloomfield Prize for his dissertation, the 2014 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship by the Society of Biblical Literature, the 2015 Colton Young Scientist award, and Alon fellowship for outstanding young faculty by the Israeli Council for Higher Education.

Dr. Darshan is married to Dr. Noga Ayali-Darshan and a father of two daughters.


His research is devoted to the study of the formation of the biblical literature and the history of biblical thought and beliefs. He addresses these issues from philological and historical perspectives, including source, textual and form criticism as well as comparative study. His scientific publications cover two main fields: (1) the history of biblical literature and its genres in the context of early eastern Mediterranean writings; (2) the development of the biblical text, its various recensions and the canonization process.

His current projects include an English extended version of Stories of Origins in Biblical and Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Literature and a Commentary to 1 Maccabees for the Hermeneia series (Fortess press) together with Prof. Doron Mendels (Hebrew University).

Research and Teaching Interests: 

  • Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern myth
  • The composition of the Pentateuch
  • History of the biblical literature
  • Textual criticism
  • Hellenistic Judaism

Selected Publications



  • Guy Darshan, ‘The Casuistic Priestly Law in Ancient Mediterranean Context: The History of the Genre and its Sitz im Leben,’ Harvard Theological Review (forthcoming)
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