• Marco Di Giulio
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature



Office: KEI203


Dr. Marco Di Giulio received his PhD from the University of Florence, and attended graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His scholarly interests are concentrated in the area of Hebrew linguistics, with particular emphasis on the syntactic and pragmatic components of the language. His ongoing project focuses on the role of the Hebrew language among Italian Jews in the 19th century and their contribution to Hebrew scholarship in modern times.


PhD University of Florence


Hebrew linguistics, History of the Hebrew language and linguistics

Grants & Awards


2014-2015      Adjunct Fellow, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, "New Perspectives on the Origins, Context, and Diffusion of the Academic Study of Judaism"

2013-2014       Dorset Fellow, Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies "On the Word of a Jew: Oaths, Testimonies, and the Nature of Trust," Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, Oxford

2011       Jacob Kabakoff Memorial Grant (travel grant)

2010       Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University 




"S. D. Luzzatto's Program for Restoring Jewish Leadership in Hebrew Studies," Jewish Quarterly Review 105.3 (summer 2015), pp. 340-366.



"Resisting Modernity: Jewish Translations of Scripture and Rabbinic Literature in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Italy," Modern Judaism 35.2 (May 2015), pp. 203-232.



"Scholarship, Politics, and Jewish Identity in Italian Post-Unification Academia," History of Universities 29.1 (forthcoming, 2016): 88-111.


"There is no time more pleasurable than when I converse in the sacred language.  A plan for the revival of spoken Hebrew in 19th-Century Italy," Hebrew Studies 53 (2012): 203-230. 





“Exclamations in Modern Hebrew,” “Italy, Hebrew in (Modern Period),” “Discourse markers in Biblical Hebrew,” “Pragmatic studies in Biblical Hebrew,” “Exclamations in Biblical Hebrew” in G. Khan (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Leiden (2013)




“Carte ebraiche nell’Archivio della Biblioteca dell’Accademia dei Lincei e Corsiniana: un taccuino giovanile di G.I. Ascoli” (“Hebrew Papers in the Archive of the Library of the Lyncean Academy: An Early Notebook by G.I. Ascoli”), in Carla Marcato e Federico Vicario (eds.), Il pensiero di Graziadio Isaia Ascoli a cent’anni dalla scomparsa, Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Gorizia-Udine, 3-5 maggio, 2007, Udine, Società Filologica Friulana, 2010, pp. 73-98 (in Italian)




“Mitigating Devices in Biblical Hebrew,” Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt 8/9 (2008), pp. 33-62

“Pragmatics as a Theoretical Framework for Interpreting Ancient Hebrew Texts: An Appraisal,” Materia Giudaica XII/1-2 (2007), pp. 51-61



2013 "Trustworthy Educators in a New Nation: Jewish Academics in Post-Unification Italy." Oriental Institue, Oxford University, UK (4 December)

2012 "Reclaiming Hebrew Studies: Language and National Pride in Ninenteenth-Century Italian Scholarship."  American Association for Italian Studies 32nd Annual Conference, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (3-5 May)

2011 "National Implications in the Linguistic Theory of S. D. Luzzatto." AJS 43rd annual conference, Washington, DC (18-20 December)

2011 "Instructing youngsters to speak the pure tongue today in an easy and pleasurable manner: Hebrew schoolbooks in 19th-Century Italy." NAPH Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture, University of Maryland in College Park (28-30 June)

2011 “When Dialog Met Grammar: Hebrew Learning in 19th-century Italy.” The American Association for Italian Studies. XXXI Conference, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (7-9 April)

2011 "Hebrew Revivalist Tendencies in 19th Century Italy," Forging Linguistic Identities, Towson University, Towson (17-19 March)

2010“’Conversing in the sacred language is pleasurable to me …’ A 19th-Century Grammar and the Italian Contribution to the Hebrew Language Revival.” AJS 42nd annual conference, Boston (19-21 December)

2009 “Silent Objects in Modern Hebrew.” 2009 NAPH International Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture, University College London, London (7-9 July)

2008 “Recent Grammatical Developments in Spoken Israeli Hebrew.” XXII convegno internazionale dell’AISG, Ravenna, Italy (29 May)

2008 “Degrees of Explicitness in Spoken Israeli Hebrew.” VIII International Afro-Asiatic Congress, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy (11–13 September)

Course Information

JST101-JST102 Elementary Modern Hebrew

JST201-JST202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew

JST370 Hebrew Literature

JST372 Hebrew Poetry in Music 

JST272 Israel: Film & Fiction

JST271 The Founding of Israel