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Dr Sandra Jacobs

jacobsNetwork Facilitator for the DQCAAS Project*

Tel +44(0)20 7848 4821

Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies
King’s College London
Room 3.16, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6LE

 (*A Leverhulme International Network Initiative for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Cave Artefacts and Archival Sources)



Sandra Jacobs has an academic background in biblical (Hebrew) law, and its relationship to its ancient Near Eastern (Assyrian and Babylonian) pre-cursors.  Her expertise in this field has focussed upon the legal history of physical disfigurement and corporal punishment in ancient Hebrew and cuneiform (Akkadian) sources.  She holds a BA (Hons.) in Jewish Studies from SOAS (London) and an MA in Biblical Studies from the TRS Department here at King’s (London).  Her doctorate in biblical and ancient Near Eastern law was supervised by Bernard Jackson at the University of Manchester:  The Body as Property: Physical Disfigurement in Biblical Law sold out within its first year of publication and was reprinted in paperback by Bloomsbury Academic Press in 2015. In her professional capacity she has worked as Book Review Editor for Strata: The Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society from April 2010 until August 2016, and is also a member of the SBL Biblical Law selection committee.

Research interests
    • The pre-history of biblical law and the impact of its reception in early antiquity
    • The human body and its physical disfigurement in biblical and Second Temple texts
    • The legal agency of women in biblical and early Judaean sources
Selected publications

Books & Monographs 

  • The Body as Property: Physical Disfigurement in Biblical Law (Library of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Series 582; New York: T & T Clarke/Bloomsbury Academic Publishing; 2014, repr. 2015). 

Articles and Chapters 

  • Forthcoming “ ‘The Disposable Wife’ as Property in the Hebrew Bible,” in Gender, Methodology, and the Ancient Near East: Proceedings of the Second Workshop Held in Barcelona, February 1-3 2017 (eds. S. Budin, M. Cifarelli, A. Garcia-Ventura and A. Millet-Albà; Barcelona: Barcino Monographica Orientalia). 
  •  “Terms of Endearment? The אשת יפת-תאר (Desirable Female Captive) and her Illicit Acquisition,” in Texts@Contexts: Exodus and Deuteronomy (ed. G. Yee and A. Brenner; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012), 237-257. 
  • “Instrumental Talion in Deuteronomic Law,” Zeitschrift für altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte 16 (2010): 263-278. 
  • Women in Pre-Classical Sources. 
  • Gender and Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East. 
  • Cosmology and Chaos in the Hebrew Bible. 
  • Aramaic (Biblical and Targumic) Language and Grammar
  • Second Temple Literature. 
  • Dead Sea Scrolls (Texts)
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