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Benjamin Suchard

Guest researcher

Dr. B.D. Suchard
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Benjamin Suchard is a historical linguist with a specialization in Biblical Hebrew and a background in Indo-European. His research focuses on phonological and morphological reconstruction in all branches of Semitic, as well as the (pre-)history of the reading traditions of the Hebrew Bible.

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Fields of interest

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Hebrew Bible

Grants and awards

  • 2023: Cuijpers-Opdenakker Annual Prize (Netherlands Institute for the Near East & Ex Oriente Lux), best article on the Ancient Near East written by a junior scholar in the Netherlands, for ‘The Greek in Daniel 3: code-switching, not loanwords’.
  • 2019: Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
  • 2019: Senior postdoctoral fellowship, Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).
  • 2017: Postdoctoral grant, Stichting Studiecentrum voor Judaïca en Hebraica Dr L. Fuks.

Curriculum vitae

2019-2020, 2022-2025 Senior postdoctoral fellow, project: ‘But They Could Not Read the Writing: The Biblical Aramaic consonantal text, its reading tradition and their mutual interaction’, KU Leuven.
2019-2022 Postdoctoral researcher, project: ‘Nabataean Aramaic and Pre-Islamic Arabic’, Leiden University.
2017-2018 Postdoctoral researcher, project: ‘The origins of the Biblical Aramaic reading tradition’, Leiden University.
2016-2018 Lecturer in Linguistics and Hebrew & Aramaic, Leiden University.
2012-2016 PhD candidate in Linguistics, dissertation: 'The development of the Biblical Hebrew vowels', supervised by H. Gzella and A.M. Lubotsky, Leiden University.
2010-2012 Research MA in Linguistics, Leiden University.
2009-2010 Propaedeutic diploma in Philosophy, Leiden University.

BA in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University.

Key publications

  • 'What can Nabataean Aramaic tell us about Pre-Islamic Arabic?' Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 34.1 (2023), 158-172.
  • Aramaic Daniel: A textual reconstruction of Chapters 1-7. Studia Semitica Neerlandica 73. 2022; Leiden: Brill.
  • 'The origins of the Biblical Aramaic reading tradition.' Vetus Testamentum 71 (2021), 105-119.
  • The development of the Biblical Hebrew vowels. Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics 99. 2019; Leiden: Brill.

Guest researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL diversen


  • KU Leuven Postdoctoral Researcher
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