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Jonathan Bourgel

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2013-2014
    Martin Luther University (Faculty of Theology), Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
    Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellow
    Advisors: Professor Stefan Schorch and Professor Udo Schnelle
  • 2009-2010
    Post-doctoral fellowship, Tel-Aviv University / Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
    The Relations between Jews and Samaritans during the First and Second centuries CE
    • Supervisor: Professor B. Isaac
  • 2004-2009
    PhD thesis in Jewish studies, Tel-Aviv University
    The Jewish Christians of Judea from the Great Revolt (66-73 CE) until the Bar Kokhba War (132-135/6 CE)
    • Supervisor: Professor A. Oppenheimer
    • Accepted on May 24th 2009
    • Summa cum laude
  • 2000-2001
    M. A. in history, Paris X-Nanterre University
    A study of the Origins of the Three Wars of the Jews against the Romans in the First and Second centuries CE
    • Supervisor: Professor C. Lepelley
    • Summa cum laude
  • 1997-2000
    B. A. in History, Paris X-Nanterre University

Teaching Experience

2010-Present: Visiting lecturer at Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv

  • "The Relations between Judea and Rome from Pompey's Conquest of Jerusalem (63 BCE) to the Great Revolt (66-73 CE)"
  • "Herod the Great, king of Israel?"
  • "The Rise of Christianity: The First Three Centuries"

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2013-2014 Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellowship, Halle, Germany
  • 2009-2010 Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Jerusalem
  • 2008-2009 Keren Yaniv Scholarship
    Tel Aviv University Scholarship

Seminar and Conference papers

1. Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi: Institute for Research on the Land of Israel, (Jerusalem, Israel; November 26, 2009).
Paper: "The Great Revolt and the Flight of the Christians to Pella"

2. 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, (Westin Copley Place, Boston, USA; December 19-21, 2010).
Paper: "The Jewish Christians in the Storm of the Bar Kokhba Revolt"

3. École Biblique et Archéologique Française, (Jerusalem; May 10, 2011).
Paper: "Les Judéo-chrétiens de Judée de la Grande Révolte juive (66-74) à la guerre de Bar Kokhba (132-135/6)"

4. 2011 SBL International Meeting, (King's College, London, UK; July 3-7 2011).
Paper: "John 4: 4-42: Defining a modus vivendi between Jewish-Christians and Samaritan Christians"

5. 8th Congress of the Société d'Etudes Samaritaines, (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Erfurt, Germany; July 15-20 2012).
Paper: "On Both Sides of the Borderline: The Portrayal of the Samaritans in the Third Gospel"

6. Network Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin-Germany; April 10 2014)
Paper: "(Re)-defining Samaritan identity in Late Antiquity: The Samaritans in the eyes of Jewish, Christian and Roman observers"

7. Alttestamentliche Sozietät der Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany; July 9 2014)
Paper: "Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions 1.27-71: Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in Late Antiquity"

8. Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, University of Southampton, (Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK; 7-9 September 2015)
Paper: "The Keepers of the 'Word of Truth': The Pharisees in Recognitions 1.27–71"

9. 5th Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslim, the Open University (Raanana, Israel; 29-30 December 2015)
Paper: "James the Just: A martyr from the post-destruction Jewish folklore"

10. Research Group workshop: "The 'Parting' or the 'Non Parting ways' - When the Ways of Judaism and Christianity Were Set Apart?", Bar Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel; 20 March 2016),
Paper: "The representation of the Pharisees in Pseudo-Clementine Literature"

11. The Bar-Kokhba Revolt Revisited: Old and New Studies, University of Haifa, (Haifa, Israel, June 28-30, 2016)
Paper: "Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions 1.27-71, or the Reaction of Jewish-Christians to the Catastrophe of Bar Kokhba's War"

12. 9th Congress of the Société d'études samaritaines, Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, (Prague, Czech Republic; July 31–August 5, 2016)
Paper: " The destruction of the Samaritan Temple by John Hyrcanus: a Reconsideration"

13. Humboldt Colloquium: Bridges to the Future: German-Israeli Scientific Relations, Tel Aviv University, (Tel-Aviv, Israel; 21–23 September 2016)
Paper: "Rethinking the reasons for the schism between Jews and Samaritans"

Archaeological Experience

  • 1997, 1998, 1999 Tel Maresha (Israel) - Director: Dr I. Stern
  • 2000 Sepphoris (Israel) - Director: Professor J. F. Strange (University of South Florida)
  • 2009 – Present Herodion (Israel) - Directors: R. Porat and Y. Kalman

Research Group

  • 2011-present "The 'parting' or the 'non parting ways' – when the ways of Judaism and Christianity were set apart?"
    Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims (the Open University of Israel)


Published Book

1. Jonathan Bourgel, From One Identity to Another: The Mother Church of Jerusalem Between the Two Jewish Revolts Against Rome (66-135/6 EC), (Paris: Éditions du Cerf, collection Judaïsme ancien et Christianisme primitive, 2015), (in French).

Papers published in refereed journals

2. Jonathan Bourgel, "The Destruction of the Samaritan Temple by John Hyrcanus: A Reconsideration", Journal of Biblical Literature 135/3 (2016), pp. 505-523.

3. Jonathan Bourgel, "James the Just: A martyr from the post-destruction Jewish folklore" Education and Environment: Seminar haKibbutzim College Yearbook 38 (2016), 93-105, (in Hebrew).

4. Jonathan Bourgel, "Recognitions 1, 27-71: The Response of a Judean Jewish-Christian Group to the Disaster of the Bar-Kokhba War", New Testament Studies (Cambridge University Press) 61 (January 2015), 30-49, (in French).

5. Jonathan Bourgel, "Review of Simon Claude Mimouni, Le judaïsme ancien du VIe siècle avant notre ère au IIIe siècle de notre ère: des prêtres aux rabbins", Reviews of the Enoch Seminar [],    (2013.05.08).

6. Jonathan Bourgel, "James the Just, One Among Many ᾽Ωβλίας", New Testament Studies (Cambridge University Press) 59 (April 2013), 222-246, (in French).

7. Jonathan Bourgel, "The Jewish Christians' Relationship to the Destroyed Temple Following the Great Revolt", Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly (School of History, Tel Aviv University) 120 (Autumn 2012), 70-78, (in Hebrew).

8. Jonathan Bourgel, "Do the Synoptic Narratives of the Passion Contain a Stratum Composed in Judea on the Eve of the Great Revolt?", New Testament Studies (Cambridge University Press) 58 (October 2012), 503-521, (in French).

9. Jonathan Bourgel, "The Samaritans in the Eyes of the Romans: The Discovery of an Identity", Cathedra 144 (July 2012), 7-20, (in Hebrew).

10. Jonathan Bourgel, "The Jewish Christians' Move from Jerusalem as a Pragmatic Choice", in: D. Jaffé (ed.), Studies in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity – Text and Context, (Collection: Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity; Leiden: Brill; 2010), 107-138.

Papers accepted for publication

11. Jonathan Bourgel, "On Both Sides of the Borderline: The Portrayal of the Samaritans in the Third Gospel", in: Samaritan Researches. Proceedings of the 8th Congress of the Société d'Études Samaritaines (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Erfurt, Germany, July 15-20 2012).

12. Jonathan Bourgel, "The Holders of the 'Word of Truth': The Pharisees in Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions 1.27–71", Journal of Early Christian Studies (John Hopkins University Press).

13. Jonathan Bourgel, "John 4: 4-42: Defining a modus vivendi between Jewish-Christians and Samaritan Christians", Journal of Theological Studies (Oxford University Press).

14. Jonathan Bourgel, "Brethren or Strangers? Samaritans in the Eyes of the Jews of the Second and first Centuries ʙ.ᴄ.ᴇ", Biblica (Pontifical Biblical Institute).