Giuseppe Veltri studied philosophy and theology in Siena and Viterbo from 1978 to 1983. After obtaining his diploma at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm, he studied biblical criticism at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (1983 - 1986). From 1990 to 1996, he worked on the project Magic from the Cairo Geniza and the project Greek-Roman Religion in Palestine at the Free University of Berlin (both headed by Peter Schäfer).

In 1991, he completed his PhD on the concept of translation in Jewish-Hellenistic and rabbinical contexts (Eine Tora für den König Talmai. Untersuchungen zum Übersetzungsverständnis in der jüdisch-hellenistischen und rabbinischen Literatur, Tübingen: Mohr 1994). In 1996, he obtained a habilitation in Jewish studies at the Free University of Berlin (Magie und Halakha. Ansätze zu einem empirischen Wissenschaftsbegriff im spätantiken und frühmittelalterlichen Judentum, Tübingen: Mohr 1997).

Giuseppe Veltri was appointed Professor for Jewish studies at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in 1997. In 2013, he was offered the chair of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at the University of Hamburg where he was appointed in 2014.


In 1998, Giuseppe Veltri founded the Leopold Zunz Center at the Leucorea Foundation (Wittenberg) He took on the editorship of the Newsletter of the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS Newsletter), and has turned it into a peer-reviewed periodical (European Journal of Jewish Studies). In 2001, he founded the series Studies in Jewish Culture and History with Brill.

From 2004 to 2012, Giuseppe Veltri was member of the scientific committee 106 of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since 2009, he is chairman of the German Association for Jewish Studies.

Honours and offered positions

Giuseppe Veltri held guest professorships at the University College London, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris, Sapienza University of Rome and the University of Bologna.

In 2010, he was granted an honorary professorship for comparative religion at Leipzig University.

In November 2010, the department of Jewish studies at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and Giuseppe Veltri as the head of department were granted the Emil Fackenheim Prize for Tolerance and Understanding awarded by the Jewish Community of Halle. The prize was for the first time awarded to an academic institute.

In January 2013, Giuseppe Veltri had been elected correspondent member of the humanist Academy Pontaniana in Naples (Italy) and in February 2014 ordinary member of the Academy of the Sciences and Literature of Mainz (Germany).