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James Nati, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible & Old Testament Studies
Phone: (510) 549-5031
Office Hours: By appointment

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About the Professor

Dr. Nati joined the JST community as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible & Old Testament Studies in 2019. He holds a PhD from Yale University (2019), an MAR from Yale Divinity School (2013), and BA from the University of Michigan (2011).

His research focuses on the textual traditions of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and more specifically on the development of these traditions in the Second Temple period (500 BCE –100 CE). His dissertation, Textual Criticism and the Rules from Qumran, takes a text from the Dead Sea Scrolls – the Community Rule – as a test case for considering how biblical texts developed, and it asks how ancient scribes might have understood the nature of their developing literature. James is particularly interested in ideas of originality and authenticity as they were understood by biblical authors and early Jewish scribes. He has published articles and book reviews in Revue de QumranDead Sea Discoveries, the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and in a number of edited volumes. In addition to preparing his dissertation for publication, he is currently at work on two book projects: a commentary on the Community Rule (with John J. Collins; Oxford University Press) and a handbook on the Ethiopic texts of 1 Enoch and Jubilees (SBL Press).

His teaching interests span the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and early Jewish literature, but he focuses on Wisdom and Apocalyptic literature, the Deuterocanonical books, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and biblical languages.

Dr. Nati is part of the consortial faculty in the GTU's Department of Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation, and an affiliated faculty member at the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies.



“The Rolling Corpus: Materiality and Pluriformity at Qumran, with Special Consideration of the Serekh ha-Yaḥad,” forthcoming in Dead Sea Discoveries.

“On 'True' Editions: Pluriformity and Authority Between Psalms and Serekh,” in Scribal Practice, Text and Canon in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Memory of Peter W. Flint (Eds. J. J. Collins & A. Geyser-Fouche; STDJ 130; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“New Readings in 4Q256 (4QSb),” Revue de Qumran 30 (2018): 69-77.

“Solomon, the Septuagint, and Second Temple Studies,” in A Genius for Mentorship: A Forum in Honor of Ben Wright on his 65th Birthday (Eds. F. Borchardt & E. Mroczek; Edited Forum Hosted by Ancient Jew Review [], 2018).

“New Readings in 4Q118 i (4QChronicles) and a Parallel at 4Q381 31 (4QNon-Canonical Psalms B),” Revue de Qumran 29 (2017): 129-38.

“Unities and Boundaries Across the Jeremianic Dead Sea Scrolls. A Response to Eibert Tigchelaar” in Jeremiah's Scriptures: Production, Reception, Interaction, Transformation (Eds. H. Najman & K. Schmid; JSJSup 173; Leiden: Brill, 2016), 327-29.

"Compositional Technique in the Temple Scroll: Creative Interpretation and Integrative Interpretation in the Passover Legislation," in New Vistas on Early Judaism and Christianity: From Enoch to Montréal and Back (Eds. L. DiTommaso & G. S. Oegema; JCTCRS 22; London: T&T Clark, 2016), 112-30.

The Community Rule or Rules for the Communities?: Contextualizing the Qumran Serakhim” in Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at Seventy (Eds. J. Baden, H. Najman & E. Tigchelaar; JSJSup 175; Leiden: Brill, 2016), 916-39.