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Faculty of Divinity

Old Testament
Lexical Semantics & Lexicography
Judaism, Christianity & Islam



BA (Fribourg), MA (Fribourg), SSB (Rome), MSt (Oxon), MSt (Oxon)

Cambridge-Yale Biblical Semantics Workshop (2020)

International Human Rights (specialized online course, Université Catholique de Louvain) [2016]

(Summer School) Certificate in Hebrew codicology and palaeography (Academia Ambrosiana/Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Milan) [2015]

Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe Modern Challenges (Woolf Institute, Cambridge) [2015]

International Septuagint Summer School, Göttingen [2014]


*grant for cataloguing manuscripts and Arabic (IDEO-Cairo, February-March 2020)

*Beth Mardutho book grant

*Beth Mardutho partial fellowship in Digital Humanities by correspondence (Jan-Jun 2020)

*Jerusalem scholarship - the Rosen school of (Modern) Hebrew (2019/2020)

*Travel grant [within the LinkSyr project] for the 'Bootcamp: NLP tools for Syriac, 17-18 January 2019' [Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam] 

*Travel grant for the 'The Future of Syriac Studies and the Legacy of Sebastian P. Brock' conference, Sigtuna, Sweden, 12-15 June, 2018) - Theological Studies Fund, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge

*Travel grant for the OSAJS [Oxford Seminars in Advanced Jewish Studies] project - Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies [2017/2018]

*Grant for the workshop 'Linked Data and Syriac Sources' (Amsterdam, 11-13 March, 2018) - the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC) [Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam]

*Vice-Chancellor’s Award of the University of Cambridge (UK) [2016]


*Syriac and Aramaic Literature, Semitic languages, Latin, Greek, Septuagint, History, Patristics, Theology, Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Jewish studies, Arabic, Palaeography and Codicology

*passion for languages:

-          Croatian, English, French, German, Spanish,  Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian (elementary knowledge), Modern Greek (elementary knowledge), Ancient Greek (reading/working knowledge), Latin (reading/working knowledge), Biblical Hebrew (reading/working knowledge), Modern Hebrew (advanced [dalet]), Classical Arabic (reading/working knowledge),  Syriac (reading/working knowledge), Aramaic (reading/working knowledge), Coptic (reading/working knowledge), Ancient Georgian (reading/working knowledge), Ancient Armenian (reading knowledge), Middle Egyptian (reading knowledge), Japanese (elementary knowledge)


Key publications: 

Edited volumes:

Velika Ilustrirana Biblija: od stvaranja do uskrsnuća (Zagreb: Mozaik knjiga, 2017), pp. 512 [redaction of the Croatian translation].

Synthesis philosophica, 32.1 (2017), pp. 1-245. [co-edited with Marija Selak]

Recent Papers:

“παράδεισος as/and κῆπος”, in The Legacy of Soisalon-Soininen: Towards a Syntax of Septuagint Greek (ed. T. Kauhanen), DSI:Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020, 207-222.

*Historical and Methodological Considerations for Making Syriac Lexica [International Syriac Language Project (SBL-Conference), 17-20 November, 2018, Denver, Colorado (USA)]

*Object marker(s) in Hebrew - Syriac language contact [Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew unit (SBL-Conference), 17-20 November, 2018, Denver, Colorado (USA)]

* What is 'knowledge' and what is 'person' in Late Antiquity? [September, 2018, Trogir (Croatia) Conference 'The Human Brain and the Human Person', the conference was part of the “Science, Theology and Humane Philosophy: Central and Eastern European Perspectives” Project funded by the John Templeton Foundation and was organized with the generous support of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford, the  Humane Philosophy Project, The Croatian Dominican Province, the Centre for Excellence for Integrative Bioethics, at Zagreb University, and the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw] 

*Inner-Syriac Developments in the Peshitta: Lexicographical Issues [International Conference 'The Future of Syriac Studies & The Legacy of Sebastian Brock', Sigtuna, Sweden, June 12-15, 2018]; (The focus of the paper is on understanding lexicographical issues connected with inner-biblical allusions as well as the LXX features that might have been in contact with the Peshitta corpus)

*Lexical indices of audience in Genesis and Proverbs [Conference 'Echoes of Audience in Ancient Writing', August 17, 2018, Heythrop College, London]

*Targum and Peshitta: the lexeme špr [9th International Meeting of the International Organization for Targum Studies, July 9-11, 2018, University College London]

*Semantics of Interaction Between Historical Knowledge and Spirituality [26 March, 2018, A Conference co-hosted by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, and the Center for Thought of John Paul II, Warsaw, as part of the John Templeton Foundation Grant 'Science, Theology and Humane Philosophy:Central and Eastern European Perspectives']

'Notions of Paradise, Enjoyment and Heaven in LXX' [Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen centennial Symposium on the Septuagint, Helsinki, 2017] forthcoming 

'Bog – milosrdni pedagog kod sv. Efrema Sirijskog u kontekstu sirijske teološke tradicije', Vrhbosnensia 21.2 (2017), pp. 341-363.

'Quo vadis critica?' in Filozofija i teologija u kontekstu znanstveno-tehničke civilizacije (ed. J. Oslić, A. Ćubelić, and N. Malović; Zagreb: Kršćanska sadašnjost, 2016), pp. 19-35.

'Poslanje propovijedanja', Diacovensia 23.4 (2015), pp. 547-552.

'Međureligijski dijalog - put do izgradnje mira', in Religije i nasilje (ed. M. Nikić, M. Marjanović; Zagreb: FTI, 2015), pp. 133-147.

'Mudroslovna skicoznost u Prop 1,4-11', in Veritas vitae et doctrinae. U potrazi za istinom o čovjeku i Bogu. Zbornik u čast Hrvoja Lasića (ed. A. Gavrić, I. Šestak, Zagreb: FTI, 2012), pp. 220-233.

Book Reviews:

Hartenstein, Fr., Die bleibende Bedeutung des Alten Testaments. Studien zur Relevanz des ersten Kanonteils für Theologie und Kirche (Biblisch-Theologische Studien, 165; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017), pp. Viii + 310. [Society for Old Testament Study, Book List, London:SAGE Publications, 2018, 185]

Graham, C. A., The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22-24 (The Bible in Ancient Christianity, 12; Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. xiv + 249. [Society for Old Testament Study, Book List, London:SAGE Publications, 2018, 135-136]

Jurič, S., Biser biblijske mudrosti. Mudrost lijepa govora u Knjizi Sirahovoj, (Glas Koncila: Zagreb, 2010), pp. 330. in: Nova prisutnost 10.1 (2012)



'How Do We Read Ancient Texts?' (24 February, St Edmund's College, Cambridge)


'Doctrine and Language: In the Quest for Meaning' (9 November, Woolf Institute, Cambridge)

'Reception of yt (Gn 1:1) in the Syriac tradition' (28 April, OT/HB Oxbridge Conference, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge)

‘Philo, Life of Moses’ (23 February, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge)


'Textual issues in Gn 22 - comparative analysis of Syriac, Greek and Hebrew.' (16 November, Graduate OT Seminar, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge)

'Jezik- učitelj razmišljanja?' [TED talk] (28 October, Dubrovnik, Croatia)


'Saint Ephrem’s reading of Genesis' (Blackfriars, Oxford) 

'Humanities in front of Challenges' (Catholic University, Zagreb)

'Jewish Concepts in Christian Tradition' (Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb)


'Why Classical Education in the Modern World?' (Faculty of Teacher Education, Zagreb)

'Literacy and Translation Techniques' (Faculty of Humanities, Zagreb)

‘Interreligious Dialogue’ (International JRD conference, Surabaya, Indonesia, 11-16 August)


Teaching and Supervisions


*Syriac reading group (Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, 2017/2018; 2018/2019)

*teaching Advanced Greek (Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge, 2018 (VTBS)

*Experience in teaching [in French, English and Croatian] Patristics, Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Syriac, History, Philosophy, Hellenistic Judaism

Research supervision: 

*experience in peer reviewing philosophical and theological articles for the following academic journals: Poligrafi Journal, Obnovljeni Život, Filozofska Istraživanja, Vrhbosnensia

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