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Aaron Rubin

Aaron Rubin

Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics

221 Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8941


  1. B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics, 1998
  2. M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics, 1999
  3. Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2004


Professor Rubin teaches courses on Biblical Hebrew, biblical literature, and, when in demand, Arabic, Aramaic, Comparative Semitics, and Yiddish. He conducts research and has published on all periods of Hebrew, Aramaic, Modern South Arabian, Ethiopic, and Comparative Semitic linguistics. He has published numerous articles and five monographs, including A Brief Introduction to the Semitic Languages (Gorgias, 2010), The Mehri Language of Oman (Brill, 2010), and The Jibbali (Shahri) Language of Oman: Grammar and Texts (Brill, 2014). He has also edited four books, mostly recently the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (4 vols, Brill, 2013) and the Handbook of Jewish Languages (Brill, 2016).

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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