Chontel Syfox

Chontel Syfox

Assistant Professor, Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Dr. Syfox’s work focuses on the early reception and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple Jewish literature. Her forthcoming monograph (under contract with Brill) uses interdisciplinary interpretative lenses, such as feminist interpretation and theories of gender performance and multiple masculinities, to examine the construction of gender in The Book of Jubilees. Dr. Syfox’s course offerings include a seminar on gender violence in the Ancient Near East.


“Traversing the Boundaries of Gender: Rebekah’s Usurpation of the Patriarchal Role in the Book of Jubilees.” Pages 101-18 in Gender and Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Kathy Ehrensperger and Shayna Sheinfeld. Maryland: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2020.

“Israel’s First Physician or the World’s First Physician? The Image of Noah in Jub. 10:1-14 and The Book of Asaph.” Journal of the Social History of Medicine and Health 3.2 (2018): 161-81 (Chinese).

“Israel’s First Physician and Apothecary: Noah and the Origins of Medicine in the Book of Jubilees.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 28.1 (2018): 3-23.