Research Associate on Contexts of and Relations Between Early Writing Systems (CREWS)

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

Research Associate, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge



CREWS research

My current project is concerned with the origin of vowel writing. I aim to understand why vowels are not generally written in scripts used to write West Semitic languages. By the same token I am interested in why vowels do then start to be written, first in Greek, which borrows the West Semitic writing system, and then later in Semitic languages themselves. My approach involves using large datasets to explore the structure of the relationship between language and script in Greek and Early West Semitic languages, especially Phoencian/Punic and Hebrew. I will use the results to investigate what can be said about how and for what purpose the West Semitic and Greek scripts are used, and how these might be different.


Previous roles

Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford (2017)

Visiting scholar, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford (2017)

Research Associate (part-time), Greek Lexicon Project (responsibility for prepositions), Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (2014-2016)

Lecturer in New Testament Greek, Greek Bible College, Athens (2011-14)


Other interests

  • Time and space in language, especially through the verb system and prepositional phrases
  • Greek syntax
  • Approaches to Bible translation, in the ancient and medieval worlds
  • Theories of the atonement in Christian theology



‘Introduction to the Persian Harmony of the Gospels’ in Hassanabadi, M., Jahani, R. and Jahani, C. (eds.), A Unified Gospel in Persian. Uppsala (2018), vii-xvii

The Syntax and Semantics of the Perfect in Literary Koine Greek, Publications of Philological Society (2016)

‘The semantics of the Greek perfect in the Greek of the New Testament’ in Runge S. & Fresch, C. (eds.), The Greek Verb Revisited, Lexham Press (2016), 430-457

‘The Greek perfect through Gothic eyes: evidence for the existence of a unitary semantic for the Greek perfect in New Testament Greek.’ Journal of Greek Linguistics 14 (2014), 5-42

Review Article: “Basics of Verbal Aspect.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 35.2 (2012), 196–202