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In 1990 I graduated with my PhD in Semitic languages, in 2002 I became associate professor (docent), and in 2012 professor of Semitic languages. My research focuses on the following fields, viz., biblical and post-biblical Hebrew, Syriac lexicography (particles), Arabic Bible and early Christian literature, and the study of Semitic languages in Europe in early modern times. As a supervisor I have engaged in Hebrew, Syriac, and general Bible translation projects. During my 35 years as university teacher I have tried to draw the students’ attention to those grammatical phenomena that are not covered by certain rules and therefore commonly described from very diverging points of view.
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