Isabel Cranz

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


Isabel Cranz is assistant professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She received her undergraduate education at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg. After graduating with an M.A. from the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she continued her graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University where she received her Ph.D in 2012.

Isabel Cranz specializes in the Hebrew Bible within its ancient Near Eastern contexts. Currently she is working on revising her dissertation on biblical and ancient Near Eastern methods for addressing guilt and impurity in cultic and ritual settings.

Recent Publications:

"Advice for a Successful Doctor's Visit: King Asa Meets Ben Sira", The Catholic Bible Quarterly (2018)

Atonement and Purification: Priestly and Assyro-Babylonian Perspectives on Sin and its Consequences. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, (2017)

"Magic and Maledictions: Zechariah 5:1-4 in its ancient Near Eastern Context," Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 128.3 (2016)

"The Ritual Elements in Zehariah 5.5-11," Biblica 96.4 (2015).