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dr. R. Nikolsky

Assistant Professor Culture and Cognition
dr. R. Nikolsky


Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis: Interpreting Minds (Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation)

This project focuses on using a cognitive approach for Biblical Studies and the study of Early Christianity and Early Judaism.

The project emerged out of the cooperation of various scholars, as well as in a few meetings which took place in the past years, both as independent workshops as well as session in larger conferences.

The results of this project will appear soon in a Bloomsberry publication: 

A link to the Bloomsbury book:

Personal and Social Emotions in Rabbinic Literature: 
Methods and Approaches

Expert Workshop in Groningen, May 2018

The workshop is supported by the European Association of Jewish Studies as part of the EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies for the 2017/18 academic year.

The workshop is hosted by the Culture and Cognition chair.


Palestine and Babylon: Two Jewish Late Antique Cultures and Their Interrelation

The project started withing the framework of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) as a session in the yearly international meeting.

The edited volume Rabbinic Traditions Between Palestine and Babylonia appeared in 2014 in Brill


First International Conference for the Centre for Religion and Cognition

The ICOG, GUF and TCMO supported the initiative of The Centre for Religion and Cognition in a project titled “Cognitive Study of Religious Texts”. This project studies the mental processes behind the creation and use of ancient religious texts, both oral and written, with the intention of developing a new method, which could be termed “cognitive philology,” combining awareness of cognitive processes with proficiency in working with ancient religious texts. This new approach employs insights from recent results in various branches of cognitive science, including the new field called the “cognitive science of religion”, in the fields of religious studies, cultural studies, philology and literary theory. So far the cognitive science of religion has particularly focused on religious beliefs and rituals, but not so much on texts and narratives. This workshop, which took place in Groningen on the first week of March 2010, was the first step in developing this new approach.

The workshop lasted two days, in which presentors and commentators discussed papers, which were submitted in advance, in an attempt to construct the methodological framework of the new approach.

The project resulted in the publication of the volume Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis (Bloomsburry, 2019)

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Contact information

Oude Boteringestraat 34
9712 GK Groningen
The Netherlands

Languages and Cultures of the Middle East

Job title:
Assistant Professor
Oude Boteringestraat 23 Room 022