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MRES701 | MQ Department of Ancient History | Media Representation and Community Reception of Fake Semitic Bibles

Apply now Job no: 494054
Work type: Part time
Location: Sydney
Categories: Various faculties, Research Internship

Organisation: Macquarie University (Department of Ancient History)


Placement location: North Ryde, NSW

Number of Positions: 1

Research Description:

In this internship, the student will conduct research on a spate of fake Semitic (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac) Bibles as part of an Australian Research Council funded project on fake papyrus manuscripts (see These manuscripts have appeared on the antiquities market or been confiscated by police in Turkey, and apparently have come from Syria or Iraq. After initial orientation, the student will produce an annotated and illustrated list of such manuscripts on the basis of news reports, social media, and blog posts, and take part in an analysis of media representations and community receptions of these fakes, to help better understand the motivations for their production, their models, and their ultimate source. The student will produce a web-page providing information and links on these fakes for the project web-site, and will also be asked to write a blog post about their internship at the project blog ( The internship will provide an introduction to conducting guided independent research within a research team with larger goals to which the student's work will contribute, and will be of special interest to students with an interest in the ancient near east, and cultural heritage and the antiquities trade.

Discipline major(s) suitable for the internship: Ancient History

Desirable skills/attributes/experience: Knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic or Syriac (for the manuscripts), or Arabic or Turkish (for assessing media) would be an advantage. Experience in web page production/editing is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

Preferred start date: 29 July 2019

Anticipated completion date: 15 November 2019

For more information regarding this research internship, please contact:
Associate Professor Malcolm Choat
02 9850 7561


How to Apply:

Click "apply now" and upload the following:

  1. Cover letter addressing why you are interested in this research and why you are the suitable candidate
  2. Copy of your current CV

Applications are now open and will close on Friday, 14 June 2019 or when suitably filled

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