Yonatan Binyam is a scholar of religions whose work investigates the intersections between religion and identity, especially the influence of Christian ideologies on the historical developments of anti-Semitism and race. He has researched the appropriation of Josephus’s Jewish War in late-antique Christianity, as well as the readaptations of Sefer Yosippon among medieval Coptic and Ethiopic Christians. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Society and Genetics, he is analyzing the modes of race-making (as the term is understood in premodern critical race studies) that occur within Christian discourses of late antiquity.
“The Ethiopic Books of Maccabees,” in Matthias Henze editor. The Textual History of the Bible (Vol. 2): Deutero-Canonical Scriptures. Leiden, Brill (2020).
“Ben Sira in Ethiopia: The Andemta Commentary on Ben Sira 1 and 24,” in Adams, Samuel L., Greg Schmidt Goering, and Matthew Goff, editors. Sirach and Its Contexts: The Pursuit of Wisdom and Human Flourishing. Leiden, Brill (2021).