Professor Maren R. Niehoff was born in 1963 in Germany and currently holds the Max Cooper Chair in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was the head of the interdisciplinary honors program in the humanities, “AMIRIM”. Currently, she serves as the head of a research group at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (2017-18). Her research focuses on encounters between Jews, pagans and Christians in the Greco-Roman period. Her recent publications include monographs on Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (Cambridge University Press 2011, awarded the Polonsky Prize) and Philo of Alexandria ,being translated into both German and Hebrew, ((Ha-Kibbutz ha-Meuhad), an Intellectual biography (Yale University Press 2017, German translation forthcoming at Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen) as well as edited volumes on Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters (Leiden 2012) and Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real (Tübingen 2017).