Ben Outhwaite has been Head of the Genizah Research Unit in Cambridge University Library
since 2006. His PhD thesis, on the grammatical description of Hebrew letters in the
Cairo Genizah, was completed in 1999 under the supervision of Professor Geoffrey Khan.
Ben’s current research interests revolve around Hebrew and its use and transmission
in the Middle Ages: the vocalization traditions of biblical (and post-biblical) Hebrew,
medieval Hebrew language and the documentary history of the communities who deposited
manuscripts into the Cairo Genizah. Among numerous publications, he is the author,
with M. C. Davis, of
Hebrew Bible Manuscripts in the Cambridge Genizah Collections, vols. 3 and 4 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and the editor, with Esther-Miriam
Wagner and Bettina Beinhoff, of
Scribes as Agents of Language Change (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013).
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