Adam Kamesar, D.Phil.

Professor of Judaeo-Hellenistic Literature

Contact Information

school/program: Pines School of Graduate Studies, Rabbinical School (US)
campus: Cincinnati
phone: (513) 487-3260
extension: 3260

Dr. Kamesar is Professor of Judaeo-Hellenistic Literature at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as Director of the School of Graduate Studies from 1997 to 2007. He was educated at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (D.Lett., Medieval Latin Literature, 1983), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil., Greek and Latin Literature, 1987). His specialties include Judeo-Hellenistic literature, especially Philo, and the history of the translation and interpretation of the Bible in Greek and Latin.

Dr. Kamesar also served as national secretary of the Council on Graduate Studies in Religion (CGSR) for 14 years (2003-2016, inclusive).

“Jerome and the Hebrew Scriptures,” in H. Houghton, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Latin Bible (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2023), pp. 49-64

(with Jonathan Wolpaw), “Heksor: The Central Nervous System Substrate of an Adaptive Behavior,” The Journal of Physiology 600.15 (2022), pp. 3423-52

“Philo and Ps.-Longinus: A Case of Sublimity in Genesis 4”, The Studia Philonica Annual 28 (2016), pp. 229-38

‘Dēlōsis and Alētheia: The Septuagint, Philo, and Some Late Rhetorical Texts’, in P.F. Beatrice and B. Pouderon, edd., Pascha nostrum Christus: Essays in Honour of Raniero Cantalamessa (Paris 2016), pp. 17-26

The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian SourcesTranslated from the Italian: Pier Franco Beatrice, The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)



“Jerome,” in J. Carleton Paget and J. Schaper, edd., The New Cambridge History of the Bible, I (2013), pp. 653-675

The Cambridge Companion to Philo CoverThe Cambridge Companion to Philo (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)



(with C. Hoffmann), “Wilamowitz and Heinemann II: Three Letters from the 1920s,” Illinois Classical Studies 31-32 (2006-2007 [published 2009]), pp. 130-144

“I Padri della Chiesa e il midrash rabbinico,” Vetera Christianorum 44 (2007), pp. 257-82

A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John CoverTranslated from the Italian and the Greek: Edmondo Lupieri, Apocalisse di Giovanni, in Lupieri, A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2006)


“San Gerolamo, la valutazione stilistica dei profeti maggiori, ed i genera dicendi,” Adamantius 11 (2005), pp. 179-83

“Hilary of Poitiers, Judeo-Christianity, and the Origins of the LXX: A Translation of Tractatus super Psalmos 2.2-3 with Introduction and Commentary,” Vigiliae Christianae 59 (2005), pp. 264-285

“The Church Fathers and Rabbinic Midrash,” in J. Neusner and A.J. Avery-Peck, edd., Encyclopedia of Midrash (2005), I, pp. 20-40

“The Logos Endiathetos and the Logos Prophorikos in Allegorical Interpretation: Philo of Alexandria and the D-Scholia to the Iliad,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 44 (2004), pp. 163-81

“Writing Commentaries on the Works of Philo: Some Reflections,” Adamantius 8 (2002), pp. 127-35

“Ambrose, Philo, and the Presence of Art in the Bible,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 9 (2001), pp. 73-103

“The Bible Comes to the West: The Text and Interpretation of the Bible in its Greek and Latin Forms,” in J. Bowley, ed., Living Traditions of the Bible (1999), pp. 35-61

Edited and translated from the Hebrew with an introductory note: M. Schwabe, “Philo, De opificio mundi 15,” The Studia Philonica Annual 11 (1999), pp. 104-12

“Philo, the Presence of ‘Paideutic’ Myth in the Pentateuch, and the ‘Principles’ or Kephalaia of Mosaic Discourse,” The Studia Philonica Annual 10 (1998), pp. 34-65

“The Literary Genres of the Pentateuch as Seen from the Greek Perspective: The Testimony of Philo of Alexandria,” The Studia Philonica Annual 9 (1997), pp. 143-89

“San Basilio, Filone, e la tradizione ebraica,” Henoch 17 (1995), pp. 129-40

“Philo and the Literary Quality of the Bible: A Theoretical Aspect of the Problem,” The Journal of Jewish Studies 46 (1995), pp. 55-68

“The Narrative Aggada as Seen from the Graeco-Latin Perspective,” The Journal of Jewish Studies 45 (1994), pp. 52-70

“The Evaluation of the Narrative Aggada in Greek and Latin Patristic Literature,” The Journal of Theological Studies 45 (1994), pp. 37-71

Jerome, Greek Scholarship, and the Hebrew Bible (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

“The Virgin of Isaiah 7:14: The Philological Argument from the Second to the Fifth Century,” The Journal of Theological Studies 41 (1990), pp. 51-75