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Dr. Miryam Brand

Associate Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

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Dr. Miryam Brand holds a Ph.D. in Bible and Second Temple Literature from New York University and an M.A. in Bible and Biblical Interpretation from Matan and Haifa University. Her book on the portrayal of sin in the Second Temple period (Evil Within and Without: The Source of Sin and Its Nature as Portrayed in Second Temple Literature) was published in 2013 and her commentary on the Book of Enoch was published as part of Outside the Bible in 2013. She has taught at Brown University, New York University, and Stern College and has spoken at Hebrew University, Cambridge University, and the University of Kiel. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. She is currently based in Jerusalem, Israel.


BOOKS Evil Within and Without: The Source of Sin and Its Nature as Portrayed in Second Temple Literature. Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplement Series. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013.



“1 Enoch: Introduction and Commentary” in Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture, ed. Louis Feldman, James Kugel, and Lawrence Schiffman.

New York: Jewish Publication Society, 2013.


ARTICLES - “Belial and Free Will: The Decision to Sin in the Community Rule,” in The Devil, Demons, and Dualism, ed. Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudnig-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold. WUNT II. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016.


“Demons and Dominion: Forcing Demons into the Cosmic Order in Jubilees and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in From Scrolls to Traditions: A Festschrift Honoring Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, ed. Stuart S. Miller et al., forthcoming.

“Enoch, Ethiopic Apocalypse of (1 Enoch),” “Evil,” and “Theodicy,” in T&T Clark Companion to Second Temple Judaism. London: T & T Clark, forthcoming.

“Evil and Sin,” in The Jewish Annotated Apocrypha, ed. Jonathan Klawans and Lawrence Wills. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“Iranian Influence at Qumran: Texts and Beliefs,” in Iran and Israel: From Cyrus the Great to the Islamic Republic, ed. Daniel Tsadik. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

“Spirited Evil: Persian Influence and Its Limits in Qumran Texts,” in Iranian Worlds: Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium of the Melammu Project, Münster: Ugarit Verlag, forthcoming.

Target audience:

Men, women, and older teens (17-19)

Sample teachings:


My podcast, which focuses on both Biblical and Second Temple texts, can be found here:

A sample of my Minor Prophets (Trei Asar) classes can be found here:

Speaking fee negotiable depending on time and location.


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