Section of Hebrew, Aramaic and Karaim Studies

Staff members
Piotr Muchowski, D. Litt.,
Graduate of the Oriental Institute at the Warsaw University (Hebrew studies). His research area includes history of the Hebrew language, Hebrew literature of the post Bible era, Hebrew literature of Polish Karaims. He teaches ancient Hebrew literature, Judaism, history of the Hebrew language and conducts B.A. and M.A. seminars (language and literature). He implements a project entitled “Critical edition of the Karaim manuscript Abk 3”.

PhD thesis:
""The language of the Qumran scroll (3Q15). Ramification of disputable linguistic issues” (1933, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature, Adam Mickiewicz University; oriental language studies).

PhD dissertation:
"Hebrew Qumran as a spoken language" (2001, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature, Warsaw University; Semitic language studies)


Piotr Zaremba, Ph.D.
Graduate of Christian Academy of Theology. His research area includes Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Biblical literature, especially the history of Biblical text transmission and Biblical translation. He implements a project of new critical translation of the Bible, with special emphasis on text's versions from the Dead Sea and Septuagint .
He teaches Hebrew grammar, Biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek grammar, history of Biblical literature. He also conducts B.A. and M.A seminars (language studies and literature).

Ph.D. thesis:
"Conceptuality of translation in Minor Prophets Scroll from Nahal Hever" (2006, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature, Adam Mickiewicz University; Hebrew language studies).


Mariola Abkowicz, M.A.
Graduate of Faculty of Philology at the Wroclaw University (Librarianship and Information Science). Her research area includes history, literature and culture of Karaims in Central and Eastern Europe. She teaches information technology and Karaim studies. She is completing her Ph.D. thesis entitled "Karaim anthroponymy based on the register books of Karaim Priestly Administration in Trakai from 19th and 20th centuries".


Ofra Riesenfeld, M.A.
Graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (philosophy, art and glottodidactics of the Hebrew language). She taught modern Hebrew language at Nancy University in France. She's a journalist and a writer. She's the author of the following books: The Guardians Ran Away (Kineret Publishers, 1991); Ness & Norma (Yedioth Acharonoth Publishers, 1999); The Happiest Day in My Life (Keter Publishing House, 2001); Jenny Takes Off (Katom Publishers, 2004).


Monika Czekanowska, Ph.D. student
Graduate of the Oriental Institute of Warsaw University (Hebrew studies), the Institute of History of Art at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She conducts research on relations between literature and arts in artistic creativity of Jewish artists: Maurycy Gottlieb, Samuel Hirszenberg and Wilhelm Wachtl. She teaches culture of Polish Jews, Israeli and Jewish art and folklore and the Hebrew language. She is an author of articles about iconography of Jesus in Jewish art.



Lecturers from other faculties:


Krzysztof Makowski, Ph.D.
  • M.A. thesis:
    "Martin Luther King’s fight for equal rights for Negros in the USA" (Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, 1979)
  • Ph.D. thesis:
    "Poznan family 1815-1848" (Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, 1979)
  • Ph.D. dissertation
    "The power of the myth. Jews in Poznan area in the partition times in historical texts" (Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, 2005)
  • Research interests
    The political and socio-economic history of Polish territory in 19th and 20th century, mainly in Poznan area, especially issues concerning the history of family, social mobility and migration processes; the issues of nationality in 19th and 20th century, especially the history of German and Jewish population of Polish territory, Polish-German-Jewish relationships and the history of historiography in 19th and 20th century.


Witold Tyborowski, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. thesis:
    Capital and agricultural company in the law and legal and economic practice in the ancient Babylon period (Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, 2000)
  • Research interests
    He conducts researche on the society, law and economy of southern Mesopotamia in the ancient Babylon period (around the first half of 2000 B.C.). His output also includes studies dedicated to Babylon and Palestine.


Rafał Witkowski, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. thesis:
    "Georg Schwengel - przeor kartuzji kaszubskiej i dziejopis zakonu Kartuzów" (Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, 1996)
  • Research interest
    The history of Jews in Wielkopolska (especially Jewish cemeteries) and Yiddish course