Emanuel Tov, FBA and member of the Israel Academy
Former Editor-in-Chief, Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project
J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible Emeritus, Dept. of Bible
Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Emanuel Tov emigrated to
Israel in 1961. He studied Bible and Greek literature at the
Hebrew University and continued his studies at the Dept. of Near
Eastern Languages and Literatures at Harvard University between
1967 and 1969. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Hebrew
University in 1973.
Since 1986 Emanuel Tov has been a professor in the Dept. of Bible
of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (since 1990 he holds
the J. L. Magnes chair), from which he retired in 2009. He has
been a guest professor at various Universities in Europe, the USA,
Japan, Australia, and South Africa. He received several research
awards, among them the Humboldt Research Prize, Germany and
the Emet Prize in Biblical Research (2004) and the Israel Prize
(2009). In 2006 he was appointed Corresponding Fellow of the
British Academy and in 2012 he was appointed member of the
Israel Academy of Sciences. In 2010 he received the Samaritan
Medal for Humanitarian Achievement from the High Priest on Mt.
E. Tov has specialized in various aspects of the textual criticism of
Hebrew and Greek Scripture as well as in the Qumran Scrolls.
He has written and edited numerous books and articles, among
them two text books. One of them, Textual Criticism of the
Hebrew Bible, now in its third edition (2012), was awarded the
Prize for the Best Book Relating to the Old Testament by the
Biblical Archaeological Society in Washington (1992).
Emanuel Tov is involved in several research projects, but since
1990, most of his energy is invested in directing the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project. Under his guidance thirty-three volumes appeared in 1992-2010 in the Discoveries in the Judaean
Desert series, including an overall concordance.