Chontel Syfox

Credentials: Notre Dame, PhD '19

Position title: Assistant Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies


912 Van Hise Hall

Research Interests:

Hebrew Bible; Second Temple Jewish literature; The Book of Jubilees; Ancient medicine; Gender and sexuality; Feminist interpretation; Reception history.

Chontel Syfox’s research focuses on the reception and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple Jewish literature, with an emphasis on using gender-nuanced interpretative methods to better understand the developing literary character of these texts and the world behind them. Her forthcoming monograph (under contract with Brill) explores the construction of gender in the Book of Jubilees’ depiction of the biblical matriarchs. Dr. Syfox, an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, teaches courses on sexual violence in antiquity.