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Daniel Falk

Daniel Falk

Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies

Head, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

101 Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0175


I study the history and literature of ancient Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity, especially the development of prayer and liturgy, interpretation of scripture, and the formation of religious communities. I teach broadly in the areas of Hebrew Bible and New Testament, early Judaism and Christianity. My research focuses particularly on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and I am a member of the International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. I am the author of Daily, Sabbath, and Festival Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 1998) and Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls (T&T Clark/Continuum, 2007), and numerous articles, and am co-editor of six other books, including a 3-volume series on the history of penitential prayer entitled Seeking the Favor of God (SBL/Brill, 2006, 2007, 2008). Before coming to Penn State in 2014, I was Professor of Ancient Judaism and Biblical Studies at the University of Oregon, and prior to that was Kennicott Fellow in Hebrew at the Oriental Institute in the University of Oxford.

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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