Professor Siam Bhayro



with Rider C, Demons and Illness from Antiquity to the Early-Modern Period, Leiden, Brill, 2017.

Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects, Leiden, Brill, 2015.

with Shaked S, Ford JN, Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One, Leiden, Brill, 2013.

with Glick S, Arad D, Grossman A, Schwartz Y, Stampfer Z, Assis M, Outhwaite B, Davies D, Seride Teshuvot: A Descriptive Catalogue of Responsa Fragments from the Jacques Mosseri Collection Cambridge University Library, Leiden, Brill, 2012.

with Outhwaite BM, From a Sacred Source: Genizah Studies in Honour of Professor Stefan C. Reif, Leiden, Brill, 2010.

with Clines DJA, Stec DM, The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew - Vol. VI: s-p, Sheffield, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007.

The Shemihazah and Asael Narrative of 1 Enoch 6-11: Introduction, Text, Translation and Commentary with reference to Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Antecedents, Münster, Ugarit-Verlag, 2005.

with Clines DJA, Stec DM, The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew - Vol. V: m-n, Sheffield, Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.


Galen in Syriac: Rethinking Old Assumptions, Aramaic Studies, vol. 15, Brill Academic Publishers, 2017, 132-154

On the Problem of Syriac Influence in the Transmission of Greek Science to the Arabs: The Cases of Astronomy, Philosophy, and Medicine, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, vol. 5, 2017, 211-227

An Aramaic Magic Bowl for Fertility and Success in Childbirth: Lisboa, Museu da Farmácia (Lisbon, Pharmacy Museum), Inv. No. 10895, Aramaic Studies, vol. 15, 2017, 106-111

with Afif N, Pormann PE, Sellers WI, Smelova N, The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Research Methods and Latest Discoveries, COMSt Bulletin, vol. 2, 2016, 5-16

with Afif N, Arsene C, Calà I, Daccache J, Hawley R, Kessel G, Pormann PE, Sellers WI, Smelova N, Continuing Research on the Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Collaborative Implementation within the Framework of Two European Projects, Semitica et Classica, vol. 9, 2016, 261-268

Sergius of Res ‛Ayna's Syriac Translations of Galen: Their Scope, Motivation, and Influence, Bulletin of the Asia Institute, vol. N.S. 26 (dated 2012), 2016, 121-128

Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects: Introduction, Aramaic Studies, vol. 13, Brill Academic Publishers, 2015, 1-8

On Early Jewish Literature and the Aramaic Magic Bowls, Aramaic Studies, vol. 13, Brill Academic Publishers, 2015, 54-68

with Levene D, Marx D, Gabriel in on their Right: Angelic Protection in Jewish Magic and Babylonian Lore, Studia Mesopotamica, vol. 1, 2014, 185-198

Remarks on the Genizah Judaeo-Syriac Fragment, Aramaic Studies, vol. 12, 2014, 143-153

The Jewish Babylonian Aramaic authority פלסא פליסא in light of Ge'ez falasa and Epigraphic South Arabian fls3, Semitica et Classica, vol. 7, 2014, 233-236

with Hawley R, Kessel G, Pormann PE, The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Progress, Prospects and Problems, Journal of Semitic Studies, vol. 58, 2013, 131-148

with Wilkins J, The Greek and Syriac traditions of Galen de alimentorum facultatibus, Galenos, vol. 7, 2013, 95-114

with Brock S, The Syriac Galen Palimpsest and the Role of Syriac in the Transmission of Greek Medicine in the Orient, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 89 Supplement, 2013, 25-43

with Pormann PE, Sellers WI, Imaging the Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Preliminary Analysis and Future Prospects, Semitica et Classica, vol. 6, 2013, 299-302

On Performatives in Aramaic Documents, Aramaic Studies, vol. 11, 2013, 47-52

The Reception of Mesopotamian and Early Jewish Traditions in the Aramaic Incantation Bowls, Aramaic Studies, vol. 11, 2013, 187-196

with Hawley R, Kessel G, Pormann PE, Collaborative Research on the Digital Syriac Galen Palimpsest, Semitica et Classica, vol. 5, 2012, 261-264

A Judaeo-Syriac Medical Fragment from the Cairo Genizah, Aramaic Studies, vol. 10, 2012, 153-172

A Third/Ninth Century Kufic Funerary Inscription in Aberdeen, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, 2009, 147-148

The Use of Jubilees in Medieval Chronicles to Supplement Enoch: The Case for the Shorter Reading, Henoch, vol. 31, no. 1, 2009, 10-17

The Aramaic 'Fugitive' Decree: A New Interpretation, Aramaic Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, 2008, 1-15

with Levene D, 'Bring to the Gates… upon a good smell and upon good fragrances:' An Aramaic Incantation Bowl for Success in Business, Archiv für Orientforschung, vol. 51, 2006, 242-246

Noah's Library: Sources for 1 Enoch 6-11, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, vol. 15, no. 3, 2006, 163-177

Syriac Medical Terminology: Sergius and Galen's Pharmacopia, Aramaic Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, 2005, 147-165

A Syriac Fragment from the Cairo Genizah, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, vol. 94, 2004, 39-51

The Madness of King Saul, Archiv für Orientforschung, vol. 50, 2004, 285-292

The Status of Non-Jews in the Eschaton: An Enochic Debate, Jewish Culture and History, vol. 6, no. 2, 2003, 1-10


The Judaeo-Syriac Medical Fragment from the Cairo Genizah: A New Edition and Analysis, in Lehmhaus L, Martelli M (eds) Collecting Recipes: Byzantine and Jewish Pharmacology in Dialogue, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017, 273-300

with Rider C, Introduction, in Bhayro S, Rider C (eds) Demons and Illness from Antiquity to the Early-Modern Period, Leiden: Brill, 2017, 1-16

Judeo-Syriac, in Kahn L, Rubin AD (eds) Handbook of Jewish Languages: Revised and Updated Edition, Leiden: Brill, 2017, 631-634

Judeo-Syriac, in Kahn L, Rubin AD (eds) Handbook of Jewish Languages, Leiden: Brill, 2016, 630-633

Theory and Practice in the Syriac Book of Medicines: The Empirical Basis for the Persistence of Near Eastern Medical Lore, in Johnson JC (eds) In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015, 147-158

Divorcing a Demon: Incantation Bowls and BT Gittin 85b, in Geller MJ (eds) The Archaeology and Material Culture of the Babylonian Talmud, Leiden: Brill, 2015, 121-132

with Hawley R, La littérature botanique et pharmaceutique en langue syriaque, in Villey E (eds) Les sciences en syriaque, Paris: Geuthner, 2014, 285-318

Names of Musical Instruments: Pre-Modern Period, in Khan G (eds) Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics: Volume 2 G–O, Leiden: Brill, 2013, 752-756

Simon of Genoa as an Arabist, in Zipser B (eds) Simon of Genoa’s Medical Lexicon, London: Versita, 2013, 49-65

The Reception of Galen's Art of Medicine in the Syriac Book of Medicines, in Zipser B (eds) Medical Books in the Byzantine World, Bologna: Eikasmós, 2013, 123-144

'He shall play with his hand, and you shall be well': Music as Therapy in I Samuel 16:14-23, in Csepregi I, Burnett C (eds) Ritual Healing: Magic, Ritual and Medical Therapy from Antiquity until the Early Modern Period, Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2012, 13-30

On the Manipulation of the Planets by the Lyre Player in a 'Wine Song' by Khamis bar Qardahe, in Dumbrill R (eds) ICONEA 2009-2010. Proceedings of the International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusicology held at the Université de la Sorbonne, November 2009, and at Senate House, School of Musical Research, University of London, December 2010, Piscataway, NJ: ICONEA and Gorgias Press, 2012, 41-52

Ancient Near Eastern and Early Jewish Lyre Traditions, in Finkel I, Dumbrill R (eds) ICONEA 2008: Proceedings of the International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusicology held at the British Museum December 4, 5 and 6, 2008, London: ICONEA Publications, 2010, 77-82

A Leaf from a Medieval Hebrew Book of Tobit: Jacques Mosseri Genizah Collection at Cambridge University Library, Mosseri I.38 (with a Note on the Dating of T-S A45.25), in Dobos KD, Kőszeghy M (eds) With Wisdom as a Robe: Qumran and Other Jewish Studies in Honour of Ida Fröhlich, Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009, 163-173

Bardaisan of Edessa (174-222 CE), Book of the Signs of the Zodiac (after ca 200 CE?), Sergius of Res'Aina (500-536 CE), Severus Sebokht of Nisibis (630-667 CE), Theodore, pupil of Sergius (525-545 CE), in Keyser P, Irby-Massie GL (eds) The Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists: The Greek Tradition and its Many Heirs, London: Routledge, 2008

On the Etymology of Hebrew bərît, in Moriggi M (eds) XII Incontro Italiano di Linguistica Camito-semitica (Afroasiatica), Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2007, 117-125

'… and you know everything before it happens …': A Complaint against the Inaction of the Most High in 1 Enoch 9, in Hayward R, Embry B (eds) Studies in Jewish Prayer, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 33-54

Matthew 5:17-18 in the light of Qumran Scribal Practice, in Hollander AAD, Schmid UB, Smelik WF (eds) Paratext and Megatext as Channels of Jewish and Christian Traditions: The Textual Markers of Contextualization, Leiden: Brill, 2003, 37-48

A Karshuni (Christian Arabic) Account of the Descent of the Watchers, in Rapoport-Albert A, Greenberg G (eds) Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Texts: Essays in Memory of Michael P. Weitzman, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001, 365-374

Daniel's 'Watchers' in Enochic Exegesis of Genesis 6:1-4, in Brooke GJ (eds) Jewish Ways of Reading the Bible, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, 58-66


Review of Paul Heger, Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature, Brill, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 68, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2017, 400-402

Review of Devorah Dimant, History, Ideology and Bible Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Collected Studies, Mohr Siebeck, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 68, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2017, 186-188

Review of Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni, Textbook of Aramaic Ostraca from Idumea: Vol. 1 Dossiers 1-10: 401 Commodity Chits, Eisenbrauns, Review of Biblical Literature, Society of Biblical Literature, 2016

Review of Alberdina Houtman, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman and Hans-Martin Kirn (eds), A Jewish Targum in a Christian World, Brill, Review of Biblical Literature, Society of Biblical Literature, 2016

Review of Claudio Balzaretti, The Syriac Version of Ezra-Nehemiah: Manuscripts and Editions, Translation Technique and its Use in Textual Criticism, Gregorian and Biblical Press, Hugoye, vol. 19, 2016, 259-261

Review of Archie T. Wright, The Origin of Evil Spirits: The Reception of Genesis 6:1-4 in Early Jewish Literature (revised edition), Fortress Press, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 67, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2016, 184-186

Review of Josef Lossl and John W. Watt (eds), Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity: The Alexandrian Commentary Tradition between Rome and Baghdad, Ashgate, Review of Biblical Literature, Society of Biblical Literature, 2015

Review of Sacha Stern and Charles Burnett (eds), Time, Astronomy, and Calendars in the Jewish Tradition, Brill, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 66, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2015, 210-212

Review of Shizuka Uemura, Land or Earth? A Terminological Study of Hebrew 'ereṣ and Aramaic 'ara' in the Graeco-Roman Period, T and T Clark, Journal of Semitic Studies, vol. 60, 2015, 260-262

Review of Loren T. Stuckenbruck, The Myth of Rebellious Angels: Studies in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament Texts, Mohr Siebeck, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 66, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2015, 429-432

Review of Philippe Gignoux, Lexique des termes de la pharmacopée syriaque, Association pour l'avancement des études iraniennes, Hugoye, vol. 17, 2014, 367-368

Review of Jonathan Kearney, Rashi - Linguist Despite Himself: A Study of the Linguistic Dimension of Rabbi Solomon Yishaqi's Commentary on Deuteronomy, TandT Clark, Review of Biblical Literature, 2013

Review of John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow (eds), The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, Eerdmans, Review of Biblical Literature, 2012, 3-7

Review of Yelena Kolyada, A Compendium of Musical Instruments and Instrumental Terminology in the Bible, Equinox, BAJS Bulletin, 2012, 75-76

Review of Jan Dusek, Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim and Samaria between Antiochus III and Antiochus IV Epiphanes, Brill, BAJS Bulletin, 2012, 76-77

Review of John F. Healey, Aramaic Inscriptions and Documents of the Roman Period (Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions, Volume IV), Oxford University Press, BAJS Bulletin, 2011, 62-63

Review of Julian V. Hills, The Epistle of the Apostles, Polebridge, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 73, 2011, 865-866

Review of Michaël Langlois, Le premier manuscrit du Livre d'Hénoch. Étude épigraphique et philologique des fragments araméens de 4Q201 à Qumran, Les Éditions du Cerf, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 61, 2010, 147-149

Review of Charles Burnett (ed.), Ibn Baklarish's Book of Simples: medical remedies between three faiths in twelfth-century Spain, The Arcadian Library in association with Oxford University Press, Medical History, vol. 54, 2010, 269-271

Review of Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon. A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Eisenbrauns and Gorgias Press, Hugoye, vol. 13, 2010, 339-342

Review of Andrew D. Gross, Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition, Brill, BAJS Bulletin, 2009, 56-58

Review of E. Lev, Z. Amar, Practical Materia Medica of the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean according to the Cairo Genizah, Brill, Medical History, vol. 53, 2009, 455-456

Review of Carol Bakhos (ed.), Current Trends in the Study of Midrash, Brill, Review of Biblical Literature, 2008

Review of Simon Swain (ed.), Seeing the Face, Seeing the Soul: Polemon's Physiognomy from Classical Antiquity to Medieval Islam, Oxford University Press, Transcendent Philosophy, vol. 9, 2008, 365-370

Review of Annette Yoshiko Reed, Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity: The Reception of Enochic Literature, Cambridge University Press, Review of Biblical Literature, 2007, 228-231

Review of Stefan C. Reif (ed.), The Cambridge Genizah Collections: Their Contents and Significance, Cambridge University Press, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 56, 2005, 157-160

Review of Jacob Neusner, The Halakhah: An Encyclopedia of the Law of Judaism: I, Between Israel and God Part A, Brill, Review of Biblical Literature, 2004

Review of Heinrich W. Guggenheimer, Talmud Yerushalmi. First Order: Zeraim. Part 3: Tractates Kilaim and S?eviit, de Gruyter, Review of Biblical Literature, 2004

Review of John Van Seters, A Law Book for the Diaspora: Revision in the Study of the Covenant Code, Oxford University Press, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 55, 2004, 363-365

Review of Mark S. Smith, The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (second edition), Eerdmans/Dove, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 55, 2004, 166-167

Review of Judah B. Segal, Catalogue of the Aramaic and Mandaic Incantation Bowls in the British Museum, British Museum Press, Bibliotheca Orientalis, vol. LXI, no. 3-4, 2004, 390-393

Review of Maria Michela Sassi, The Science of Man in Ancient Greece, University of Chicago Press, Isis, vol. 95, no. 3, 2004, 483-484

Review of Michael Sokoloff, A Dictionary of Jewish Palestinian Aramaic of the Byzantine Period (second edition), Bar Ilan University Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 123, no. 2, 2004, 382-385

Review of Eugen J. Pentiuc, West Semitic Vocabulary in the Akkadian Texts from Emar, Eisenbrauns, Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 53, 2002, 380-381

Review of Philippe Gignoux (ed.), Ressembler au monde: nouveaux documents sur la théorie du macro-microcosme dans l'antiquité orientale, Brepols Publishers, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 65, 2002, 561-562

Review of E. C. Hostetter, An Elementary Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, Sheffield Academic Press, Vetus Testamentum, vol. 51, 2001, 563-564

Review of C. Muller-Kessler and M. Sokoloff, A Corpus of Christian Palestinian Aramaic - V: The Catechism of Cyril of Jerusalem in the Christian Palestinian Aramaic Version, Styx, Journal for the Aramaic Bible, vol. 2, 2000, 265-268

Editorial comments

Preface, Aramaic Studies, vol. 1, no. 2, 2003, 163-164

Internet publications

with Outhwaite BM, The first discovery of Judaeo-Syriac: T-S K14.22, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library, 2013


Magic as the basis for social cohesion in pre-Islamic Mesopotamia, Societas Magica Newsletter, vol. 25, 2011, 1-5

with Outhwaite BM, Preface in From a Sacred Source, Brill, 2010, xi-xiii