Tel Aviv University
Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship

Research Topic

The Priestly Law in the Pentateuch and Greek Sacred Laws


Guy Darshan is a faculty member in the department of Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University. His research examines the formation of biblical literature and the history of biblical thought and beliefs. He addresses these issues from philological and historical perspectives, including source, textual, and form criticism, as well as comparative study.

Darshan received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies.

Selected publications

  • “‘Ruaḥ ’Elohim in Genesis 1:2 in Light of Phoenician Cosmogonies: A Tradition’s History,” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 45 (2019)
  • After the Flood: Stories of Origins in the Hebrew Bible and Eastern Mediterranean Literature (Hebrew; Bialik Institute, 2018)



Focusing on the broad contexts in which Jewish (and Israelite) law was developed by and for Jews, and in which it operated, treating law as a necessary component for understanding the broader dynamics of culture, history, governance, and economics of each place and period.