Panayotov, Alexander

University of Edinburgh

Research Title: Minority Status and Identity: A Case Study of Jewish-Christian relations in Early Byzantium

Trained as an ancient historian, Dr. Panayotov has engaged in the study of the Jewish communities in the Balkans. His research interests are in the history of the Jews in the Roman and Byzantine Empire and in Jewish epigraphy and archaeology. He also has worked on topics related to Byzantine social history and Jewish and Christian pseudepigrapha and apocrypha. He has edited and published Jewish inscriptions from the Balkans and the Aegean in Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis, Band I: Eastern Europe (Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck 2004). He is also co-editor of the first volume of More Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2013). His current research project aims to investigate social and economic relations in the Byzantine Empire that influenced the structure of the communal life of the Jewish minority and the identity of its members between the fourth and the eighth century.

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