Faculty of Humanities / Department of German, Russian and East European Studies
Prof. Alexander Kulik

Alexander Kulik’s research in diverse fields concentrates on the cross-cultural transmission of texts and ideas. His scholarly interests encompass Slavic studies (palaeoslavica, medieval and modern Judeo-Slavica, and broader aspects of Russian and East European cultural history) and Jewish studies (Jewish literature and thought of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, early history of East European Jewry). Alexander Kulik received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard University. Kulik authored three books: Retroverting Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (two editions: Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta  GA, 2004 and Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2005), 3 Baruch: Greek-Slavonic Apocalypse  of Baruch (Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009), Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015; with S. Minov) and edited the collected volume History of the Jews in Russia: From Antiquity to Early Modern Period in the bilingual series with Zalman Shazar Center (Jerusalem) and Gesharim (Moscow). Kulik has founded and headed the Brill book series Studia Judaeoslavica. During 2007-11 he was directing an ISF-funded research project on the subject of “Slavonic Pseudepigrapha in the Intercultural Transmission.” In 2010 he won the European Research Council Grant (1.3 million dollars) for the 5-year project “Jews and Slavs in the Middle Ages.” Together with Moshe Taube he initiated and headed the international research group “Cultural Archaeology of Jews and Slavs: Medieval and Early Modern Judeo-Slavic Interaction and Cross-Fertilization” held at the Hebrew University Institute of Advanced Studies in 2011. Presently he servers as Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of German, Russian and East European Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alexander Kulik held visiting positions at Harvard, Moscow State University, University College London, Stanford, Oxford, Freie Universitaet Berlin.

Email: kulik<at>mail.huji.ac.il; tel.: 972-2-5882281 (office manager); mailing address: Department of German, Russian and East European Studies, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus 91905, Israel 



1. Books

Retroverting Slavonic Pseudepigrapha: Towards the Lost Original of the Apocalypse of Abraham. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2004 (first edition—paperback) and Leiden—Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005 (second edition—hardback).

3 Baruch: Greek-Slavonic Apocalypse of Baruch. Berlin—New York: Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2009.

Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 (with Sergei Minov)

2. Edited Volumes

History of the Jews in Russia: From Antiquity to Early Modern Period. In Russian: Jerusalem—Moscow: Gesharim —Mosty Kultury, 2010. In Hebrew:  Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2010.

3. Selected Articles and Chapters

On the Lost Greek Book of Esther.” Slavianovedenie 2 (1995), pp. 76—80.

Notes on Novgorodian Birch Bark Letters.” Russian  Linguistics 19 (1995), pp. 381—390 (with V. Orel).

Notes on Old Kievan Graffiti” (Russian). Archaeologia (1995), pp. 124—132 (with V. Orel).

On a Church Slavonic Hapax Legomenon.” Palaeoslavica 5 (1996), pp. 339—345.

On the Dating of the Apocalypse of Abraham. In Memoriam Ja. S. Lurie. St. Petersburg: Athenium—Phoenix, 1997,  pp. 189—197.

Slavonic Texts of the Cheirograph Legend, Assembled and Translated.” Michael E. Stone. Adam’s Contract with Satan: The Legend  of the Cheirograph of Adam. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2002, pp. 27—28, 33—34, 37—39, 117—120.

Reconstruction and Interpretation.” Apocrypha 13 (2002), pp. 203—226.

The Gods of Nahor: On the Pantheon of the Apocalypse of Abraham.” Journal of Jewish Studies 54.2 (2003), pp. 228—233.

On Jewish Presence in Vohlynia in the 12th—13th Centuries.” Jewish-Polish and Jewish Russian Contacts (= Jews and Slavs 11). Jerusalem—Gdańsk, 2003, pp. 194—202. 

Textual Criticism and Retroversion.” Judeo-Bulgarica, Judeo-Russica et Palaeoslavica (= Jews and Slavs 15). Jerusalem—Sofia, 2005, pp. 313—323.

Polysemantics vs. Homography.” Quadrivium: Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Wolf Moskovich. Jerusalem: Hebrew University Center for Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2006, pp. 25—32.

Jews of Medieval Rus': to the Research Methodology” (Hebrew). Peamim 111-112 (2007), pp. 185—208.

Judeo-Greek Legacy in Medieval Rus’.” Viator 39.1 (2008), pp. 51—64.

 Jews of Old Rus’: Sources and Historical Reconstruction.” Ruthenica 7 (2008), pp. 52—70.

The Earliest Evidence on the Jewish Presence in Western Rus'.” Harvard Ukrainian Studies 27.1-4 (2009 [2004—05], pp. 13—24.

Genre Without a Name: Was There a Hebrew Term for ‘Apocalypse’?” Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009), pp. 540—550.

 The Mysteries of Behemoth and Leviathan’ and the Celestial Bestiary of 3 Baruch.” Le Muséon (2010) 122.3—4, pp. 307—345.

Veritas Slavica: On the Value of Slavonic Evidence for the Early Apocalyptic Tradition.” Polata Knigopisnaia: an Informational Bulletin Devoted to the Study of Early Slavic Books, Texts and Literature 38 (2010), pp. 1—65.


Apocalyptic Message and Method: the Case of 3 Baruch.” Henoch 32.1 (2010), pp. 130—153.


Slavic Apocrypha and Slavic Linguistics.” Christfried Böttrich, Lorenzo DiTommaso, with the assist. of Marina Swoboda (eds.). The Old Testament Apocrypha in the Slavonic Tradition: Continuity and Diversity. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.

The Jews of Slavia Graeca: the Northern Frontier of Byzantine Jewry?” Reuven Bonfil, Oded Irshai, Guy Stroumsa, and Rina Talgam (eds.). Jews of Byzantium: Dialectics of Minority and Majority Cultures. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2012, pp. 297-316. 

Jews from Rus’ in Medieval England.” Jewish Quarterly Review 102.3 (2012), pp. 371-403.


How the Devil Got His Hooves and Horns: Towards the Origin of the Motif.” Numen: International Review for the History of Religions 60 (2013), pp. 195—229.

"Jews and the Language of Eastern Slavs.” Jewish Quarterly Review 104.1 (2014, forthcoming), pp. 105—143.