The Catholic University of America

Dr. Edward Morgan Cook

Edward Morgan Cook (Ph. D. UCLA, 1986), Ordinary Professor, is a specialist in Biblical Hebrew and in ancient Aramaic, particularly the Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the targums. Since 2010, he has been Chair of the Department. His most recent publication is the Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Eisenbrauns, 2015) and the volume on Numbers for the Antioch Bible project (Numbers According to the Syriac Peshitta Version, Gorgias, 2015). He is also the author of A Glossary of Targum Onkelos (Brill, 2008) and co-author, with Michael Wise and Martin Abegg, of The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation (Harper San Francisco, rev. ed. 2005). He is on the Editorial Board of the Catholic University Press and is Assistant Managing Editor of Old Testament Abstracts. His principal area of research at present is in the semantics of Biblical Hebrew and in the Semitic background of the New Testament.




•    SEM 508 (Dead Sea Scrolls)
•    SEM 521/522 (Introduction to Aramaic I-II)
•    SEM 622 (Biblical Aramaic)
•    SEM 611/612 (Biblical Hebrew Prose I-II)
•    SEM 613 (Mishnaic Hebrew)
•    SEM 706 (North-West Semitic Inscriptions)
•    SEM 711/712 (Biblical Hebrew Poetry I-II)
•    SEM 717/718 (Seminar in Biblical Hebrew)
•    SEM 719 (Historical Hebrew Grammar)
•    SEM 722 (Qumran Aramaic)
•    SEM 723/724 (Aramaic Dialects I-II)


  • Mark Meyer, "A Comparative Dialectical Study of Genitive Constructions in Aramaic Translations of Exodus," 2009.
  • Peter Lee, "Aramaic Poetry at Qumran," 2011.
  • Jaroslaw Chrzanowski, "Verbal Hendiadys Revisited: Grammaticalization and Auxiliation in Biblical Hebrew Verbs," 2011.
  • J. Scott Redd, "Constituent Postponement in Biblical Hebrew Verse," 2012.
  • Susan Sullivan, "Ancient and Medieval Interpretation of the Complaints of Jeremiah," 2013.
  • William Fullilove, "Definiteness in Qumran Aramaic," 2014.
  • Daniel Carver, "A Reconsideration of the Prophetic Perfect in Biblical Hebrew," 2016.
  • Stephen Coleman, "The Biblical Hebrew Transitivity Alternation in Cognitive Linguistic Perspective," 2016.




Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015). ISBN 978-1-57506-341-6

Numbers: The Syriac Peshitta Bible with English Translation (Antioch Bible 4; Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2015).

“Qumran Aramaic, Corpus Linguistics, and Aramaic Retroversion,” Dead Sea Discoveries 21/3 (2014), pp. 356-384.

“The Balaam Text from Tell Deir `Alla: A New Translation and Introduction,” pp. 236-243 in Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (ed. R. Bauckham, J. Davila, & R. Panayatov; Eerdmans, 2013).

“Hebraisms in the Targumim.” Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Brill Online, 2015.

“4Q541 Fragment 24 Revisited,” in Puzzling Out the Past: Studies in Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures in Honor of Bruce Zuckerman (ed. M. Lundberg, S. Fine, and W. Pitard; Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 13-17.

“The Interpretation of the Bible in the Targums,” in A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism (ed. Matthias Henze; Eerdmans, 2012), pp. 92-117.


"Aramaic Influence in Mishnaic Hebrew: Borrowing or Interference?" delivered at the Academy of the Hebrew Language, Jerusalem, June 2016.

"Language Contact and the Genesis of Mishnaic Hebrew." Fourth Annual Edward Ullendorff Lecture, Cambridge University, May 2016.

“By-Forms (Nebenformen) in Biblical Hebrew Lexicography,” invited lecture, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, May 27, 2015.

“Reconstructing the Aramaic Words of Jesus: Problems and Prospects,” presented at the Near East Archaeological Society, Baltimore, MD, Nov. 21, 2013.
“The Semantics of the Verb ,” at the Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew section, Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.