Alexander Panayotov is a full-time research associate based at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
Alexander has a M.A. in Ancient History from the University of Sofia which he was awarded in 1995 and a PhD in Jewish Studies from the University of St Andrews, awarded in 2002. He has been a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2002/2003 and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2005. He was also the research assistant for the Leverhulme-funded ‘More Old Testament Pseudepigrapha’ project at the University of St Andrews between 2006 and 2008.
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, the Aegean and the north coast of the Black Sea, together with David Noy and Hanswulf Bloedhorn, in Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis, Band I: Eastern Europe, (Tübingen, 2004). He is also the editor, together with James Davila and Richard Bauckham, of the first volume of More Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, (Grand Rapids, forthcoming 2011).
‘The Synagogue in the Copper Market of Constantinople’, A Note on the Christian Attitudes toward Jews in the Fifth Century’, Orientalia Christiana Periodica 68.2 (2002), 319–34.
‘The Jews in the Balkan Provinces of the Roman Empire: the Evidence from Bulgaria’, in Negotiating Diaspora: Jewish Strategies in the Roman Empire, ed. J.M.G. Barclay (London, 2005), 38–65.
‘The First Jewish Communities in the Balkans and the Aegean’, in Studies in Memory of Prof. Velizar Velkov, ed. P. Delev et al., (Sofia, 2009), 14–32.
‘Greece and the Aegean: Jewish Communities in’, in The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, eds. John J. Collins and D. Harlow (New York, 2010).