Prof Cynthia Miller-Naude
Senior Professor
9B 20
IB 98
051 4019385
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 20

Short CV

Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé received the B.A. degree (summa cum laude) from Grace College in 1979 and the M.Div. degree (summa cum laude) from Grace Theological Seminary in 1983. She received a joint Ph.D. (with honors) from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago in 1992.

Her first full-time teaching position was in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at North Carolina State University (1993-1997). In 1997, she accepted a position in Biblical Hebrew and Northwest Semitic linguistics in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the director of Biblical Hebrew instruction and eventually a full professor and the head of department. In 2010, she accepted a position as senior professor at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa and in 2013 she became the head of the Department of Hebrew. She has directed a number of PhD theses in the field of Biblical Hebrew linguistics. She is also the Coordinator for the post-graduate programmes in Bible Translation at UFS.


Professor Miller-Naudé specializes in the syntax and pragmatics of Classical Hebrew and the related Northwest Semitic languages. She is particularly interested in moving the field of traditional Semitic philology to an understanding of, and appreciation for, contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of ancient texts. She has published The Representation of Speech in Biblical Hebrew Narrative: A Linguistic Analysis (1996), and three edited volumes The Verbless Clause in Biblical Hebrew: Linguistic Approaches (1999), Studies in Comparative Semitic and Afroasiatic Linguistics Presented to Gene B. Gragg (2007), and Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew (with Ziony Zevit, 2012). She is currently writing a volume on Elliptical Structures in Biblical Hebrew and has published numerous articles in the fields of Biblical Hebrew, Northwest Semitics, and translation. She is also involved in research on the syntax of Shilluk, a Nilotic language in Southern Sudan.


Professor Miller-Naudé edits the series Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic with Jacobus A. Naudé (published by Eisenbrauns) and served on the editorial advisory board for The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Brill, 2013). She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages and The Bible Translator: Technical Papers. She is on the steering committee of the Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew section of the Society of Biblical Literature. She is an advisory member of the Committee on Translation and Scholarship for the American Bible Society board of trustees. She has served as an Old Testament translation consultant for indigenous translation projects in Sudan and Nigeria.

Area(s) of Interest

Biblical Hebrew linguistics - The application of modern linguistic methodology and theory to the study of Biblical Hebrew

Bible Translation - Modern translation of the Bible, especially in Africa, and ancient translations of the Bible (especially the Targumim and Peshitta)

Northwest Semitic languages - Canaanite dialects, Aramaic, Ugaritic


Courses Presented

HEB114: Grammar of Biblical Hebrew

HEB214: Grammar of Biblical Hebrew Prophetic Texts

HEB334: Grammar of Ugaritic

NOS700: MA with specialisation in Hebrew

NOS900: PhD with specialisation in Hebrew


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