Nicholas de Lange

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Nicholas Robert Michael de Lange (often known simply as N. de Lange) (7 August 1944, Nottingham) is Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Cambridge and is an ordained Reform rabbi. He was taught and ordained by the British Reform rabbi Ignaz Maybaum, a disciple of Franz Rosenzweig.


De Lange is a historian and author, who has written and edited several books about Judaism, as well as various papers and articles.

De Lange has translated several works of fiction by Amos Oz, S. Yizhar and A.B. Yehoshua into English. In November 2007, he received the Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Translation from the Hebrew for his translation of A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz.

He currently gives lectures on Modern Judaism and the Reading of Jewish texts at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He is an emeritus fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge.


  • Origen and the Jews (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications, 25) (1976), Cambridge University Press
  • Apocrypha: Jewish Literature of the Hellenistic Age (Jewish Heritage Classics) (1978), New York: Viking Press
  • Atlas of the Jewish World (1984), Oxford: Phaidon Press
  • Judaism (1986), Oxford University Press
  • 'Jesus Christ and Auschwitz' (1997), New Blackfriars Vol. 78, No. 917/918, pp. 308–316
  • An Introduction to Judaism (2000), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0521460736, pp. 272
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Judaism (Penguin Reference Library) (2008), ISBN 978-0141018478, pp.400