Jordash Kiffiak received a BA in History (University of Victoria), MA in Religious Studies (University of British Columbia) and a PhD in Comparative Religions (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). His PhD dissertation, “Responses in Miracle Stories in the Gospels: Their Role in the Gospel Narratives and Debt to Prior Tradition,” is the first focused study of the responses in the miracle stories of the Gospels.
Beginning in the summer of 2007, he has taught Hellenistic Greek, biblical Hebrew and classical Syriac using traditional methods and, especially, modern, communicative pedagogical approaches for various institutes in Israel and the United States, notably the Biblical Language Center, and using online platforms.
As of August 2015 he is a post-doctoral researcher (Forschungskredit), in association with Prof. Dr. Jörg Frey. His research examines the response motif in narratives of the miraculous, across a wide spectrum of literature, as a key factor in determining whether Jewish or non-Jewish literature constitutes the best tradition-historical context for the story-telling patterns in the Gospels.
Responses in the Miracle Stories of the Gospels: Between Artistry and Inherited Tradition, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017. (742 pages + front matter, bibliography and indices)
Living Christian Aramaic: Part 1. With Niek Arentsen and Randall Buth. Jerusalem: Biblical Language Center, 2017. (206 pages + front matter and indices)
Essays in Books
“Amazement, Fear and Being Troubled in Responses in Gospel Miracle Stories: Establishing the Semantic Contours of the Terms and Their Interrelations.” Pages 379–411 in From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Dictionaries: Select Studies in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek, eds. Tarsee Li and Keith Dyer. Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages, 9. Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias, 2017.
“Authority as Mediation: Authorial Strategies in the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch.” In Author Concepts and Strategies of Authorization in Early Jewish and Early Christian Apocalyptic Literature, eds. Jörg Frey, Franz Toth and Michael Jost. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 1. Reihe. Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming in 2018.