Murray (Meir) Roston was born in London. In 1956, Roston married Faith Lehrman. Shortly afterwards, they immigrated to Israel, living for many years in Kiryat Ono and then moving to Nordiya, near Netanya. They have three daughters ‒ Yardenna (married to Professor Alex Lubotzky), Nina, and Yonit.
Roston won the Open Classics Scholarship to Queens’ College, Cambridge, and after obtaining a degree in classics, transferred to English literature for a PhD from the University of London. He taught English, Hebrew and Classics at Carmel College (Oxfordshire), and emigrated to Israel in 1956, to a position at Bar Ilan University where he is now Emeritus Professor of English. Roston taught a number of times as a visiting professor at Stanford University, as well as at the University of Virginia. In 1988–90 he was appointed Dean of Humanities Faculty at Bar-Ilan University. In 1999, he was appointed to the permanent faculty at UCLA as Adjunct Professor, and subsequently taught there every third year, while retaining his position in Israel. Roston is a member of numerous Editorial and Advisory Boards and he was a member of Academic Council, and Director of Humanities Program, of Open University of Israel.