Professor Rachel Adelman is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible in the rabbinical program at Boston’s Hebrew College. She holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the joint Baltimore Hebrew University/Matan Program, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha (Brill 2009) and The Female Ruse: Women's Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield Phoenix, 2015).
Professor Rabbi Rachel Adler is the David Ellenson Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR Los Angeles. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR. She is the author of Engendering Judaism, and among her many articles are “The Jew Who Wasn’t There,” “For These I Weep: A Theology of Lament” and (with Ayesha Chaudhry), “Approaching Jewish and Islamic Marriage Law From Feminist Perspectives.”
Dr. Yonatan Adler is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Ariel University. He studied at Yeshivat Merkaz Harav, where he received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and subsequently earned his PhD in archaeology from Bar-Ilan University. Adler has written extensively on the topic of archaeological evidence relating to the observance of halakhah, covering topics such as ancient mikva’ot, ancient tefillin found in the Judean Desert, and chalkstone vessels (used by Jews who observed the purity laws). He currently directs archaeological excavations at ‘Einot Amitai, a chalkstone vessel workshop in Galilee. He also heads the “Origins of Halakhic Judaism Project” at the Institute of Archaeology at Ariel University.
Dr. Mika Ahuvia is assistant professor of Classical Judaism at the University of Washington and currently holds the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. She received her Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University. Her dissertation is titled, Israel Among the Angels and she recently published an article titled, “Darkness Upon the Abyss: Depicting Cosmogony in Late Antiquity.”
Shai Alleson-Gerberg is a graduate student at the Hebrew University and a Fellow in the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. His field of interest is Sabbateanism and Jewish-Christian relations. Among his articles are “The Way of a Man with a Maiden, The Way of a Serpent upon a Rock – R. Jonathan Eibeschütz View of Christianity” and “Regarding the Ethos of Poverty among Jews in the Muslim World in the Middle Ages” [Hebrew].
Rabbi David Almog is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS. He received semicha in 2005 from YCT Rabbinical School and served as the campus rabbi for the Hillel at Columbia University and Barnard college until 2009.
Dr. Baruch Alster teaches Bible at Givat Washington College in Israel. He received his Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University in 2007, writing his dissertation on the history of Jewish interpretation of the Song of Songs. He has published articles on various aspects of the Bible and the history of Jewish exegesis, and is currently working on a critical edition of a medieval French commentary on the Megillot.
Dr. Aryeh Amihay is a lecturer in the Dept of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses on Judaism and Law. He holds a PhD in Religion from Princeton University. He co-edited the volume Noah and His Book(s) (SBL Press, 2010), and authored Theory and Practice in Essene Law (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Professor Yairah Amit is Professor (Emerita) of Hebrew Bible in Tel Aviv University's Department of Hebrew Bible. She is the author of The Book of Judges: The Art of Editing (1999), History and Ideology: An Introduction to Historiography in the Hebrew Bible (1999), Hidden Polemics in Biblical Narrative (2000), Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible (2001). Her exegetical work is to be found in her Hebrew commentary to the book of Judges (in the Mikra Leyisra’el series) and in the commentary to the book of Judges in the Jewish Study Bible (JPS: 2004). Prof. Amit emphasizes critical approaches and is especially interested in aspects of story, history, ideology and editing. Her most recent publication is: In Praise of Editing in the Hebrew Bible: Collected Essays in Retrospect (2012).
Dr. Rabbi Elisha Ancselovits teaches in The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, and Midreshet Ein Hanatziv. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Law from Liverpool Hope University, and rabbinic ordinations (Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin) from Yeshiva University. Among his articles are, “Embarrassment as a Means of Embracing Authorial Intent,” “The Prosbul, a Legal Fiction?,” and “Liberté, égalité, fraternité: The Biblical and Tannaitic Roots of the Different Medieval Customs Regarding Legumes on Passover” [Hebrew].
Dr. Wendy Love Anderson is Academic Coordinator in the Center for the Humanities and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her M.A. in Religious Studies and her Ph.D in History of Christianity from the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Discernment of Spirits: Assessing Visions and Visionaries in the Late Middle Ages.
Dr. Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org), and Editor of its journal, Conversations. He is Rabbi Emeritus of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City. He received his B.A., M.S., Ph.D and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, and an M.A. in English Literature from the City University of New York. Among his many books are The Wisdom of Solomon and Us, Maimonides, Spinoza and Us, and a commentary on Pirkei Avot. Angel is a past president of the RCA, and co-founder (with Avi Weiss) as well as founding president of the IRF.
Dr. Flora Brooke Anthony is Assistant Professor (PT) at Kennesaw State University. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Emory University, having majored in ancient Egyptian art with a minor in ancient Greek art. She also holds a master's degree from the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis. She is the author of Foreigners in Ancient Egypt: Theban Tomb Paintings from the Early Eighteenth Dynasty (2016).
Prof. Rami Arav is Professor at the Department of Religion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has been the director of the Bethsaida Excavation Project since 1987. Arav is the author of Hellenistic Palestine (London 1989), and co-author (with John J. Rousseau) of the Fortress Press bestseller, Jesus and His World (1995). He is also the editor of Cities through the Looking Glass (2008), and a series of four volumes titled: Bethsaida, a City on the Northern Shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Professor Jan Assmann is Professor (Emeritus) of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg and is now Honorary Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies at Constance. He received his Ph.D and Dr.habil from Heidelberg, as well as honorary degrees from Muenster, Yale and the Hebrew University Jerusalem. Among his many books are Moses the Egyptian; The Search for God in Ancient Egypt; The Mind of Egypt; Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt; Of God and Gods; The Price of Monotheism; and From Akhenaten to Moses.
Professor Michael Avioz is Associate Professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University. He holds a Ph.D. in Bible from Bar Ilan University. Avioz’s books include Nathan’s Oracle (2 Samuel 7) and Its Interpreters, I Sat Alone: Jeremiah among the Prophets, and Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel.
Dr. Orit Avnery is a lecturer in Bible at Shalem College and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Kogod Research Center. She holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. (cum laude) from the Hebrew University. She is the author of Liminal Women: Belonging and Otherness in the Books of Ruth and Esther (Keter and SHI, 2015 [Hebrew]).
Dr. Yael Avrahami is the Biblical Studies head of department at Oranim: Academic College of Education, where she is also a Lecturer for Biblical Studies and Biblical Hebrew. She holds a Ph.D. in Biblical studies from the University of Haifa and an M.A. in Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University. Yael is the author of The Senses of Scripture: Sensory Experience in the Hebrew Bible, for which she won the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. She is also a co-author of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader’s Edition.
Dr. Noga Ayali-Darshan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages at Bar Ilan University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University and is the author of Treading on the Back of the Sea: The Combat between the Storm-god and the Sea in Ancient Near Eastern Literature.
Professor Joel Baden is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. Among his many books are, The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis, The Promise to the Patriarchs, and Reconceiving Infertility: Biblical Perspectives on Procreation and Childlessness.
Dr. Clinton Bailey is a leading authority on Bedouin culture, and has done fieldwork in Sinai and the Negev for the past 50 years. His B.A. is from the Hebrew University; his M.A. and Ph.D from Columbia University. His publications include, Bedouin Poetry (OUP 1991), A Culture of Desert Survival: Bedouin Proverbs (YUP, 2004), Bedouin Law (YUP, 2010) and, most recently, Bedouin Culture in the Bible (YUP, 2018). Bailey was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and made Aliya in 1958. In 1994, he was awarded the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award for his efforts to obtain civil rights for Bedouin in Israel.
David Bar-Cohn is a staff member at Project TABS and is completing graduate studies in Bible at Bar-Ilan University. His book, Ohr HaShachar: Torah, Kabbalah and Consciousness in the Daily Morning Blessings (Urim, 2014), is a conceptual and linguistic analysis of the birkhot hashachar prayers, offering a rational, psychological approach to the terminology of Jewish mysticism. David also holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, received semikha in Yoreh De’ah in 2008, and has written other pieces blending Torah and academic scholarship, which can be read on his Truth and Peace blog.
Dr. Shraga Bar-On is a research fellow and a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Gruss Scholar-in-Residence at NYU law school. He received his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Lot-casting, God, and Man in Jewish Literature from the Second Temple to the Renaissance.”
Professor Elinoar Bareket is a Senior Lecturer at Achva Academic College, where she serves as the head of the History Department. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Tel Aviv University in Jewish History. Among her books are, The Jews of Egypt 1007-1055, based on Documents from the ‘Archive’ of Efraim ben Shemarya [Hebrew], Fustat on the Nile; The Jewish Elite in Medieval Egypt, and The Gaonite Era; Jews Under Islamic Rule During 7-12 Centuries.
Dr. Gabriel Barkay is the co-founder and co-director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project and a lecturer on archaeology at Bar-Ilan University. He holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Tel Aviv University, and was awarded the Jerusalem Prize in 1996. During Barkay’s large-scale excavation of Jerusalem’s Ketef Hinnom, his team discovered silvers scrolls from the 7th century containing a version of the Torah’s “Priestly Blessing.”
Dr. Rabbi Pamela Barmash is associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a B.A. from Yale University, and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the author of Homicide in the Biblical World, the co-editor of Exodus: Echoes and Reverberations in the Jewish Experience, and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Biblical Law (forthcoming).
Dr. Eyal Baruch teaches at the Department of Jewish Art and at the Martin (Szusz) Department of Lan of Israel Studies and Archaeology in Bar-Ilan University, where he completed his Ph.D. in archaeology as well as his M.A. and B.A. from Bar Ilan University. Baruch specializes in the archaeology of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods and is co-editor of the periodical New Studies of Jerusalem, published by the Ingeborg Rennert Center of Jerusalem Studies, at Bar Ilan University.
Dr. Amitai Baruchi-Unna is teaching fellow in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned M.A. and Ph.D. He is co-editor and coordinator of: “Now it happened in those days”and among his articles are, “Esarhaddon’s Prayer in the Inscription AsBbA as related to the mīs pî Ritual” and “The Story of the Zeal of Phinehas and Congregational Weeping at Bethel.”
Professor Rabbi Herbert Basser is Professor (Emeritus) of Religion and Jewish Studies at Queen’s University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and his B.A. from Yeshiva University. Basser served as Hillel Rabbi in the University of Florida and the University of Manitoba. He is the author/editor of 11 Books, among which are The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-Based Commentary (with Marsha B. Cohen), Studies in Exegesis: Christian Critiques of Jewish Law and Rabbinic Responses 70-300 C.E., and The Mystical Study of Ruth: Midrash HaNe’elam of the Zohar to the Book of Ruth (with Lawrence Englander)
Prof. Albert I. Baumgarten is Professor (Emeritus) at the Department of Jewish History in Bar Ilan University. He holds a B.H.L. in Talmud from JTS and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Strasbourg and a Principal Investigator at The McMaster Project: Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman Era. Baumgarten is the author of The Flourishing of Jewish Sects in the Maccabean Era: An Interpretation and Second Temple Sectarianism – A Social and Religious Historical Essay.
Dr. Steven Bayme serves as Director of the William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department, AJC. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in Jewish History and a B.A. in history from Yeshiva University. He is the author of Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary, the co-editor (with Manfred Gerstenfeld) of American Jewry’s Comfort Level: Present and Future, and the co-editor (with Steven Katz) of Continuity and Change: A Festschrift in Honor of Irving Greenberg.
Dr. Jonathan (יונתן) Ben-Dov is George and Florence Wise Chair of Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Haifa, and senior lecturer of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature. He is co-editor (with Seth Sanders) of the book Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature (ISAW and New York University Press).
Professor David Ben-Shlomo is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at Ariel University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in archaeology from the Hebrew University and is Co-Director of the Tel Hebron and the Jordan Valley Excavation Projects. Among his many publications are “Ritual Baths from the Second Temple Period at Hebron” (Judea and Samaria Resarch Studies), “Hebron: Still Jewish in Second Temple Times” (BAR), and Tel Hebron Excavations: Final Report (with Emanuel Eisenberg).
Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University and the Head of the Timna Valley Archaeological Expedition. He studied archaeology and geology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc.) and archaeology and anthropology at the University of California, San Diego (M.A., Ph.D.). Ben-Yosef has authored multiple research papers on archaeometallurgy, archaeomagnetism, and Iron Age archaeology of the Southern Levant, and edited the recently published volume Mining for Ancient Copper: Essays in Memory of Beno Rothenberg (The Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University and Eisenbrauns, 2018).
Professor Ehud Ben Zvi is Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, and was the founding editor of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and SBL’s book series, Ancient Near Eastern Monographs. Among his many publications are Signs of Jonah: Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yehud, History, Literature and Theology in the Book of Chronicles, historical-critical studies of the books of Zephaniah and Obadiah, and commentaries on Micah and Hosea.
Professor Zvi Ben-Dor Benite is Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. He holds a Ph.D. in history from UCLA. He is the author of The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China and The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History and is working on a new monograph, Crescent China: Islam and the Nation After Empire.
Dr. AJ Berkovitz received his Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University for his dissertation, The Life of Psalms in Late Antiquity. He the co-editor of Rethinking ‘Authority’ in Late Antiquity: Authorship, Law, and Transmission in Jewish and Christian Tradition (Routledge, 2018), and the author of several articles. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at HUC-JIR in New York.
Professor Adele Berlin is the Robert H. Smith Professor (Emerita) of Biblical Studies at the University of Maryland. She taught at Maryland since 1979 in the Jewish Studies Program, the Hebrew Program, and the English Department.
Dr. David Bernat is executive director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and a lecturer in Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Heholds a Ph.D. in biblical interpretation from Brandeis University, is the author of Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Traditions, and the co–editor of Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage.
Rabbi David Bigman has been the Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa since 1995. Before becoming Rosh HaYeshiva at YMG, he served as the Rabbi of Kibbutz Maale Gilboa, and as the Rosh HaYeshiva in Yeshivat haKibbutz HaDati Ein Tzurim. He was one of the founders of Midreshet haBanot b’Ein Hanatziv.
Dr. Ellen Birnbaum is an independent scholar living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who has taught and/or done post-doctoral research at Harvard, Brandeis, and Boston University. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. Together with Professor John M. Dillon of Trinity College Dublin, she has recently co-edited a new introduction to, translation of, and commentary on Philo’s On the Life of Abraham, to be published in the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series by Brill and SBL Press.
Professor René Bloch is Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland), where he holds a joint appointment in the Institute of Jewish Studies and the Institute of Classics. He obtained his Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) as well as his “habilitation” from the University of Basel. Bloch’s most recent publications include: “What if the Temple of Jerusalem Had not Been Destroyed by the Romans?,” “Ancient Anti-Semitism,” and “Leaving Home: Philo of Alexandria on the Exodus.”
Rabbi Yoseif Bloch is an Orthodox rabbi who has taught at Yeshivat HaKotel, Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshivat Shvilei Hatorah and served as a congregational rabbi in Canada. He currently works as an editor, translator and publisher. As a blogger and podcaster, he is known as Rabbi Joe in Jerusalem.
Dr. Elizabeth Bloch-Smith teaches Bible and archaeology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Among her publications are Judahite Burial Practices and Beliefs about the Dead, “The Impact of Siege Warfare on Biblical Conceptualizations of Yahweh” and “Archaeological and Inscriptional Evidence for Phoenician Astarte.”
Professor Rabbi David R. Blumenthal is the Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Professor Blumenthal is most well known for his books, Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest and The Banality of Good and Evil: Moral Lessons from the Shoah and Jewish Tradition.
Harvey N. Bock is the Hebrew Language Coordinator in the Hebrew College Rabbinical School, where he teaches Hebrew and Aramaic. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he was previously general counsel of Discover Card.
Prof. Oded Borowski is Professor (Emeritus) of Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew at Emory University. He is the director of the Lahav Research Project, Phase IV, and of the excavations at Tel Halif. Borowski holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the board of trustees of the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem. Among his many publications are Agriculture in Iron Age Israel (1987), Every Living Thing: Daily Use of Animals in Ancient Israel (1998), Daily Life in Biblical Times (2003), and Lahav III: The Iron Age II Cemetery at Tell Halif, Site 72 (2013).
Dr. Miryam Brand is an Associate Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. She is the author of Evil Within and Without: The Source of Sin and Its Nature as Portrayed in Second Temple Judaism and a commentary on 1 Enoch. She holds a Ph.D. in Bible and Second Temple Literature from New York University.
Dr. Rabbi Yehuda Brandes is the president of Herzog college in Alon Shvut, and was previously head of Beit Morasha, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Leadership in Jerusalem, and was among the founders of the Ma’aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts. Brandes holds a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Hebrew University and rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He is the author of Judaism and Human Rights [Hebrew] and coeditor (with Tova Ganzel and Chayuta Deutsch) of People of Faith and Bible Criticism [Hebrew].
Professor Athalya Brenner-Idan is Professor (Emerita) of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament chair at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and is currently at Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University. She holds a Ph.D. from Manchester University, an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, and an M.A. from the Hebrew University. Among her publications are, I Am: Biblical Women Tell their own Stories and The Israelite Woman: Social Role and Literary Type in Biblical Narrative. She is also the editor of the series, A Feminist Companion to the Bible (19 volumes).
Professor Marc Zvi Brettler is Bernice & Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies at Duke University, and Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies (Emeritus) at Brandeis University. He is author, most recently, of How to Read the Jewish Bible (also published in Hebrew), co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible and The Jewish Annotated New Testament, and co-author of The Bible and the Believer. Brettler is cofounder of Project TABS (Torah and Biblical Scholarship) – TheTorah.com.
Dr. Marian Broida is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and PhD in Hebrew Bible from Emory University. She is the author of Forestalling Doom: “Apotropaic Intercession” in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East (2015).
Dr. Erica Brown is a writer and educator who works as the scholar-in-residence for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and consults with for the Jewish Agency and other Jewish non-profits. Among her books are Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death and Leadership in the Wilderness: Authority and Anxiety in the Book of Numbers.
Rabbi Lee Buckman is Head of School at TanenbaumCHAT in Toronto. He received his M.A. from the University of Minnesota, Rabbinic Ordination and another M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Orthodox semicha from Rabbi Daniel Channan and Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, and is currently working on his MBA. He manages Mifgashim, a weekly educational e-bulletin sponsored by the Lookstein Center and blogs at http://thebuckstopshere.tanenbaumchat.org/.
Dr. Michael Carasik is the creator of The Commentators' Bible and of the Torah Talk podcast. He received his B.A. from New College, B.A. and M.A. from Spertus College of Judaica, and a Ph.D. in Bible and the ancient Near East from Brandeis University. He blogs as The Bible Guy and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo holds Yoreh Yoreh ordination from the Beth Joseph Yeshiva in Gateshead and a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia Pacific University. He is the Founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy and the Bet Midrash of Avraham Avinu in Jerusalem. Rabbi Cardozo is the author of 13 books and numerous articles in both English and Hebrew.
Dr. Simeon Chavel is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Bible at The Hebrew University and is the author of Oracular Law and Priestly Historiography in the Torah.
Rabbi Yuval Cherlow is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Petach Tikva. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rabbi Cherlow served as the Rabbi of Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi and was one of the founders of the Tzohar Foundation. Among his books are a commentary on the Song of Songs and a book on prophecy.
Professor Rabbi Michael Chernick holds the Deutsch Family Chair in Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He received his doctorate in Rabbinics from the Bernard Revel Graduate School and his semicha from R. Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Chernick’s area of expertise is the Talmud. He focuses on early rabbinic legal interpretation of the Bible and is the author of A Great Voice That Did Not Cease.
Shoshana Cohen teaches Midrash, Talmud and Gender Studies at the Conservative Yeshiva and is the founder of Yeshivat Talpiot, a new egalitarian yeshiva for Israelis in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Advanced Talmud Institute of Matan, holds a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University, completed the Hartman Institute’s Melamdim educator’s program, and is currently pursuing semicha.
Professor Rabbi Shaye J. D. Cohen is the Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Columbia University and his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Among his many books are Why Aren’t Jewish Women Circumcised?, From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, The Beginnings of Jewishness, and The Significance of Yavneh and Other Essays in Jewish Hellenism.
Noam Cohen is a Ph.D. student in Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East at NYU. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Noam’s current research is focused on studying domestic abuse in the Ancient Near East.
Dr. Rabbi Naftali S. Cohn is Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia University. He received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania and Rabbinic Ordination from RIETS (Yeshiva University). He is the author of The Memory of the Temple and the Making of the Rabbis.
Dr. Yehudah Cohn is a research associate at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. He holds a D. Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford and an M. A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Cohn is the author of Tangled Up in Text: Tefillin and the Ancient World and co-author (with Fergus Millar and Eyal Ben-Eliyahu) of a Handbook of Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity (135-700 CE).
Professor Alan Cooper is the Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Religion from Yale University and a B.A. in religion from Columbia University. His recent publications include “Some Aspects of Traditional Jewish Psalms Interpretation,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms and “Introduction to the Book of Leviticus,” to appear (in German) in Die Tora in der Übersetzung Ludwig Philippsons.
Prof. Sidnie White Crawford is Willa Cather Professor (emerita) of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Visiting Scholar in the Dept. of Bible at Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1988, where she was a student of Frank Moore Cross. Crawford was a member of the international team responsible for the editio princeps of the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls manuscripts, with special responsibility for the manuscripts of Deuteronomy (see Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XIII and XIV). In her most recent publication, Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran (Eerdmans, 2019), a synthetic treatment of the texts and archaeology of Qumran, she argues that Qumran was founded in the early first century B.C.E. as a scribal center and library for the wider Essene movement in Second Temple Judaism. Crawford serves on the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature, and is Board Chair Emerita of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.
Dr. Guy Darshan is a faculty member in the department of Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University. He holds a Ph.D. in Bible and Classics from the Hebrew University and served as a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica in the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. His book, After the Flood: Stories of Origins in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Mediterranean Literature is forthcoming.
Dr. Daniel Davies is a Research Associate in the PESHAT project based at the University of Hamburg. His Ph.D. is from the University of Cambridge and he is currently working on medieval Hebrew translations of Arabic philosophical works. He is the author of Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed.
Professor Aaron Demsky is Professor (emeritus) of Biblical History at The Israel and Golda Koschitsky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Bar Ilan University. He is also the founder and director of The Project for the Study of Jewish Names. Demsky received the Bialik Prize (2014) for his book, Literacy in Ancient Israel.
Avi Dentelski is a doctoral student in Bible studies at Ariel University, where he earned his M.A. degree (summa cum laude). His dissertation deals with chance and accidentalness in the biblical historiography and in post-biblical theology. Avi is the author of the “ארץ העברים” blog, where he shares his insights on Bible, Judaism and… flamenco (his hobby).
Dr. Idan Dershowitz is a fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His work has appeared in JBL, VT, ZAW, and the New York Times, and his forthcoming book on the material redaction of the Hebrew Bible will be published by Mohr Siebeck. He is currently studying the composition history of Deuteronomy.
Professor James A. Diamond is the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo and former director of the university’s Friedberg Genizah Project. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and Medieival Jewish Thought from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. from New York University’s Law School. He is the author of Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment, Converts, Heretics and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider and, Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon.
Professor Devorah Dimant is Professor (Emerita) of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University and is a leading Qumran scholar. She is the author of Connected Vessels: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Literature of the Second Temple Period (Hebrew), and the editor of The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective: A History of Research and The Dynamics of Language and Exegesis at Qumran (with Reinhard Kratz).
Dr. Shawna Dolansky is adjunct research professor in the College of Humanities and Program in Religion at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. She received her M.A. in Judaic Studies and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, San Diego program in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. Dolansky is the author of Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Biblical Perspectives on the Relationship Between Magic and Religion (Pryor Pettengill Press, Eisenbrauns, 2008) and co-author with Richard E. Friedman of The Bible Now (Oxford University Press, 2011).
DovBear has been blogging at dovbear.blogspot.com since 2004. A member of the first generation of Orthodox Jewish bloggers, he has published close to 10,000 posts discussing nearly every Jewish topic and generated over 5 million page views. In 2007 several of his earliest parsha posts were assembled into a book.
Zachi Dvira (Zweig) is the co-founder and co-director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project and a Ph.D. candidate at Bar-Ilan University. Among Dvira’s articles are, “New Information from Various Temple Mount Excavations from the Last Hundred Years,” “Using Data Mining Techniques for the Analysis of Pottery from Tell es-Safi/Gath,” and “Hebrew Clay Sealing from the Temple Mount and the Temple Treasury” (forthcoming).
Dr. Cynthia Edenburg is a lecturer and research fellow at the Open University of Israel. She received her Ph.D. in biblical studies from Tel Aviv University. Many of Edenburg’s publications focus on Deuteronomy and biblical historiography. Her current research focuses on empirical models for revision and editing in the ancient Near East and the Bible.
Professor Carl S. Ehrlich (Ph.D. Harvard ’91) is Professor of Humanities and Director of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto. His Ph.D. is from Harvard. His most recent publications include the (co-)edited collections From an Antique Land: An Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Literature andPurity, Holiness, and Identity in Judaism and Christianity: Essays in Memory of Susan Haber
Dr. Raanan Eichler is a Senior Lecturer of Bible at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed fellowships at Harvard University and Tel Aviv University. He is working on his first book, The Ark and the Cherubim, to be published with Mohr Siebeck. His recent publications include “Jeremiah and the Assyrian Sacred Tree”, Vetus Testamentum 67/3 (2017): 403–413.
Dr. Rabbi Amy Eilberg serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program and as a spiritual director and interfaith activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a DM (Doctor of Ministry) from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and was the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by JTS. She is the author of From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace.
Dr. Yedida Eisenstat is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and the program in Jewish Studies at Colgate University. She holds an M.A. in Religion, Culture, & Values from York University and a Ph.D. from the Kekst Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary where she studied Midrash & Scriptural Interpretation. Eisenstat is the author of “Taking Stock of the Text(s) of Rashi’s Torah Commentary: Some 21st Century Considerations,” and “Sanctification and Shame: Bialik’s in the City of Slaughter in Light of Leviticus and Ezekiel,” and her current book project explores Rashi’s use of midrash in his Torah commentary.
Dr. Angela Roskop Erisman is associate faculty and regional director at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and owner of Angela Roskop Erisman Editorial, and she was the founding editorial director of the Marginalia Review of Books. She earned her M.A. in Hebrew and Northwest Semitics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Bible and Ancient Near East at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is the author of The Wilderness Itineraries: Genre, Geography, and the Growth of Torah (Eisenbrauns, 2011), for which she won a Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise in 2014, as well as Numbers(New Cambridge Bible Commentary) and The Wilderness Narratives in the Hebrew Bible: Religion, Politics, and Biblical Interpretation, both forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. When not studying Torah or polishing prose, she takes photographs, plays the violin, and teaches her son how to live the good life.
Dr. Esther Eshel is an Associate Professor in the Bible department at Bar Ilan University, and is the head of the Jeselsohn Epigraphic Center for Jewish History. She holds a Ph.D. in Bible from the Hebrew University. Eshel is a member of the international team publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls and has published 13 scrolls from Cave 4. She is co-author (with J.C. Greenfild and M.E. Stone) of The Aramaic Levi Document.
Tzilla Eshel is a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology and a research associate in the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, where she completed her M.A. (2014, summa cum laude). Her dissertation topic is on the provenance of silver hoards from the Bronze and Iron Ages, based on Lead Isotope Analysis, and her master’s thesis (unpublished) was titled, Four Iron Age Silver Hoards from Northern Israel – Comparative Study. Eshel is coauthor of a number of articles dealing with the ancient use of silver.
Professor Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is a Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, LA. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology and her ordination from HUC-JIR. Eskenazi is co-author of the award-winning JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth and co-editor of the award-winning The Torah: A Women’s Commentary.
Professor Rabbi Alexander Even-Chen is Professor of Jewish Thought at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in Jewish thought, all from the Hebrew University and rabbinic ordination from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. Among his many publications are A Voice from the Darkness, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Phenomenology and Mysticism (Hebrew), The Binding of Isaac – Mystical and Philosophical Interpretations of the Bible (Hebrew), and (with Ephraim Meir) Between Heschel and Buber. A Comparative Study.
Dr. Shirly Ben-Dor Evian is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Theology, University of Lausanne. She received her Ph.D., M.A., B.A., and LL.B. Adv. all from Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation is titled: Egypt and Philistia in the early Iron Age: The Historical Record and the Archaeological Remains.
Dr. David A. Falk is a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool, an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto, and an M.Div. and M.A. in Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology and Languages from Trinity International University. His dissertation is titled, Ritual Processional Furniture: A Material and Religious Phenomenon in Egypt, and among his articles are, “The Egyptian Sojourn and the Exodus” and “Evaluating Chronological Hypotheses in Light of Low, Middle, and High Chronological Frameworks.”
Dr. Rabbi Zev Farber is a fellow at Project TABS and editor of TheTorah.com. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Jewish Religious Cultures (Hebrew Bible focus) and an M.A. from Hebrew University in Jewish History (biblical period focus). In addition to academic training, Zev holds ordination (yoreh yoreh) and advanced ordination (yadin yadin) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School. He is the author of Images of Joshua in the Bible and their Reception (De Gruyter 2016) and editor (with Jacob L. Wright) of Archaeology and History of Eighth Century Judah (SBL 2018).
Oren Fass, M.D., is an ophthalmic surgeon in the Dallas area.
Professor Avraham (Avi) Faust is Professor of archaeology at the Martin (Szusz) department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Bar-Ilan University and thethe director of its excavations at Tel ‘Eton. He holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Bar Ilan University. Among his many publications are Israel’s Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance, The Archaeology of the Israelite Society in the Iron Age II, and Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Period: The Archaeology of Desolation.
Dr. Yitzhaq Feder is a lecturer at the University of Haifa. He is the author of Blood Expiation in Hittite and Biblical Ritual: Origins, Context and Meaning (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011). His research focuses on biblical ritual and conceptions of purity and pollution in ancient Israel and surrounding cultures as well as on early halakhic traditions in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dr. Eve Levavi Feinstein holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University. Her dissertation, “Sexual Pollution in the Hebrew Bible” (Oxford University Press), explores the Bible’s use of purity and contamination language to describe sexual relationships. She has also written articles for Jewish Ideas Daily and Vetus Testamentum.
Dr. Liane Feldman is Assistant Professor in New York University’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from The University of Chicago, M.A.s from Yale University and Boston College. She is the author of, “The Composition of Numbers 32: A New Proposal” (Vetus Testamentum) and “Ritual Sequence and Narrative Constraints in Leviticus 9:1–10:3” (Journal of Hebrew Scriptures).
Dr. Elad Filler is a lecturer in Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Jewish Thought, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. He is the Chair of the SBL’s Judaica Unit, and among his articles are “On Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife in Philo” (Daat [ Hebrew]), “Philosophical and Political Aspects of the Migration of Abram from Ur of the Chaldeans in Philo” (Jewish Studies [Hebrew]),and “Philo’s Threefold Divine Vision and the Christian Trinity” (HUCA).
Dr. Rabbi Eliezer (Louis) Finkelman received semikhah at R.I.E.T.S. of Yeshiva University and earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at City University of New York, writing on the theme of Cain and Abel in the Romantic Period. He served as Hillel Director at Wayne State University and synagogue Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel (Berkeley). He currently teaches at Lawrence Technological University.
Professor Israel Finkelstein is the Jacob M. Alkow Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University, whence he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology. He and is the director of the Megiddo expedition, is well known for his revised lower chronology, for which he won the Dan David Prize. Among his many publications are The Forgotten Kingdom, The Archaeology of the Israelite Settlement, and his best selling The Bible Unearthed (with Neil Asher Silberman).
Mitchell First is an attorney, with an M.A. in Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He is the author of Roots and Rituals: Insights into Hebrew, Holidays, and History, as well as Esther Unmasked: Solving Eleven Mysteries of the Jewish Holidays and Liturgy and Jewish History in Conflict: A Study of the Major Discrepancy Between Rabbinic and Conventional Chronology.
Alan Flashman, M.D. is the Director of the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalyim in Jerusalem. He is a child psychiatrist, practicing in Beer Sheba. Flashman has “advanced amateur” status in Judaic and Greek scholarship, having studied with the late Professor Morton Smith At Columbia University. He is the author of From Protection to Passover: Transformation of a Holiday (2018), which was dedicated to the late Chaim (Harold) Cohen, z”l, a good friend who gave this research emotional and scholarly support.
Professor Sam Fleischacker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and, in 2013-14, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His most recent books include What is Enlightenment? (Routledge, 2013) and Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011).
Professor Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University and is (returning) Director of Stanford’s Taube Center of Jewish Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Berkeley GTU, Center for Jewish Studies. She is the author of Menstrual Purity: Rabbinic and Christian Reconstructions of Biblical Gender, and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature and Talmudic Transgressions.
Professor Rabbi Michael V. Fox is the Jay C. and Ruth Halls-Bascom Professor (Emeritus) of Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin-Madison until his retirement in 2010. He received his his Ph.D. in Bible, Semitics, and Egyptology from Hebrew University, and his Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College. Fox’s books include studies of the Song of Songs and the Egyptian love songs, Esther, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs.
Professor Everett Fox is the Allen M. Glick professor of Judaic and Biblical Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Fox is the translator of The Five Books of Moses (Schocken Books, 1995), and The Early Prophets (Schocken Books, 2014).
Professor Steven Fraade is Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism and Chairperson of Judaic Studies at Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. in “Post-Biblical Studies” from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Oriental Studies. Among his many books are Enosh and His Generation: Pre-Israelite Hero and History in Post-Biblical Interpretation, From Tradition to Commentary: Torah and Its Interpretation in the Midrash Sifre to Deuteronomy, and Legal Fictions: Law and Narrative in the Discursive Worlds of Ancient Jewish Sectarians and Sages.
Dr. Rabbi David Frankel did his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Professor Moshe Weinfeld. His publications include The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School (VTSupp. 89) and The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel (Eisenbrauns). He teaches Hebrew Bible to M.A. and Rabbinical students at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.
Dr. Norma Franklin is a Research Fellow at the Zinman Institute of Archaeology of the University of Haifa and an Associate Fellow of the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research. She received her Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. She is the co-directer of the Jezreel Expedition with Dr. Jennie Ebeling. Among her articles are: “Dispelling the fog (אפל) around the Ophel ( עֹפֶל),” “Correlation and Chronology: Samaria and Megiddo Redux,” and “Samaria: From the Bedrock to the Omride Palace.”
Dr. Rabbi David M. Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of the award-winning book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law.
Dr. Lisbeth S. Fried is Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaism Studies from NYU and another in psychology from University of Michigan. Among her many publications are The Priest and the Great King: Temple-Palace Relations in the Persian Empire, Ezra and the Law in History and Tradition, and Ezra, a Commentary (Sheffield Academic Press, 2015).
Dr. Albert D. Friedberg holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilization of the University of Toronto and attended Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He is the author of, Crafting the 613 Commandments: Maimonides on the Enumeration, Classification and Formulation of the Scriptural Commandments. He currently runs an investment firm in Toronto.
Professor Richard Elliott Friedman is the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and is the Katzin Professor (Emeritus) of Jewish Civilization of the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at Harvard, and is the author of Who Wrote the Bible?, The Disappearance of God, The Hidden Book in the Bible, Commentary on the Torah, The Bible with Sources Revealed, The Bible Now, and The Exile and Biblical Narrative.
Dr. Serge Frolov is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies at Southern Methodist University. He holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Clairmont Graduate University and another Ph.D. in modern history from Leningrad University. He is currently the editor of Hebrew Studies.
Dr. Uri Gabbay is a senior lecturer in Assyriology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in Assyriology from the Hebrew University in 2008. He edited (with Shai Secunda) the book Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations between Jews, Iranians and Babylonians in Antiquity.
Dr. Jason Gaines teaches Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and religious studies at Fairfield University and Mt. Holyoke College. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and is the author of The Poetic Priestly Source (Fortress Press)
Dr. Tova Ganzel is the Director of the Midrasha at Bar Ilan University. She holds a Ph.D. in Bible from Bar Ilan and is trained as a yo’etzet halakha (women’s halakhic advisor). A former Tikvah Fellow, she is the author of A Visionary’s Oracles – From Destruction to Restoration, Studies in the Prophecies of Ezekiel [Hebrew], and one of the editors of People of Faith and Bible Criticism [Hebrew].
Professor Zev Garber is (Emeritus) Chair of Jewish Studies and Philosophy at Los Angeles Valley College. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Shoah and Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies and is the editor of the journal, Shofar. Among Garber’s publications are Methodology in the Academic Teaching of Judaism; Shoah: The Paradigmatic Genocide; Perspectives on Zionism; and Double Takes: Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts.
Dr. Gregg E. Gardner is Associate Professor and the Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University and was a Newcombe Foundation Fellow, a Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University, and a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Fellow at Brown University. His research focuses on Judaism in late antiquity and classical rabbinic literature, with a special interest in poverty, charity, and material culture. Gardner is the author of The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and co-editor of Antiquity in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Pasts in the Greco-Roman World (Mohr Siebeck, 2008). For more, visit https://ubc.academia.edu/GreggGardner
Dr. Rabbi Stephen Garfinkel is associate provost and an assistant professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He also serves as chair of the Council on Graduate Studies in Religion. Garfinkel received his master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from JTS. He later received a second master’s degree, and the degrees of M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Middle East Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.
Prof. Yosef Garfinkel is Yigael Yadin Professor of Archaeology of the Land of Israel at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been the head since 2017. In the early part of his career, he specialized in the late prehistory of the Levant, the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods. As part of this work, he excavated various Proto-historic sites such as, Yiftahel, Gesher, Tel Ali, Shaar Hagolan, Neolithic Ashkelon, and Tel Tsaf. Since 2007, he has shifted his concentration to the early phases of the Kingdom of Judah in the 10th and 9th centuries B.C.E. As such, he has conducted excavations and surveys at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Socoh, Tel Lachish and Khirbet al-Rai, uncovering new data on the early kings of the kingdom: David, Solomon, and Rehoboam.
Dr. Rabbi Joshua Garroway is the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. from the Religious Studies Department at Yale and ordination from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. He is the author of, The Beginning of the Gospel: Paul, Philippi, and the Origins of Christianity.
Dr. Kristine Henrikson Garroway is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bible at the HUC-JIR. She received her doctorate in Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies at HUC-JIR. Garroway is the author of Children in the Ancient Near Eastern Household.
Evie Gassner is a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology at Ariel University, and holds an M.A. from the Hebrew University. She is part of the Givat Ze’ev expedition and was previously part of the Horvat Midras and David expeditions. Gassner’s research focuses on Herodian landscape archaeology.
Professor Rabbi Stephen A. Geller is the Irma Cameron Milstein Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard and his ordination from JTS. Geller is the author of Sacred Enigmas: Literary Religion in the Hebrew Bible. He is currently working on a commentary on the Book of Psalms.
Professor Deborah Levine Gera is the Shalom Horowitz Professor of Classics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She holds a D. Phil. from Oxford University and an M.A. from the Hebrew University. Her most recent book is Judith (Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014).
Rabbi Yehudah Gilad is a Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboa and the rabbi of Kibbutz Lavi. He has semicha from the chief rabbinate of Israel and a teaching certificate from Herzog College. Rabbi Gilad was one of the founders of the Memad party and served in the Knesset.
Dr. David Gillis is an independent scholar living in Tel Aviv. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the University of Haifa and an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. Gillis is the author of Reading Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2015).
Dr. Abigail Gillman is Associate Professor of Hebrew, German and Comparative Literature at Boston University and Acting Director of its Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literature from Harvard and a B.A. in Literature from Yale. She is the author of Viennese Jewish Modernism: Freud, Hofmannsthal, Beer-Hofmann, and Schnitzler, and A History of German Jewish Bible Translation.
Dr. Rabbi Samuel Z. Glaser is Rabbi Emeritus of the Elmont Jewish Center and retired Adjunct Associate Professor at Hofstra University, NY. He earned his Smicha at Yeshiva University and his PhD in Clinical Psychology at St. John’s University, NY.
Dr. David Glatt-Gilad is a senior lecturer in the Department of Bible, Archaeology, and the Ancient Near East at Ben-Gurion University. He holds a Ph.D. in Bible from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Chronological Displacement in Biblical and Related Literatures.
Dr. Shira Golani is doing postdoctoral work at KU Leuven on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her Ph.D. is from the Hebrew University. Among her publications is an article titled, “Three Oppressors and Four Saviors – The Three-Four Pattern and the List of Saviors in I Sam 12,9-11.”
Ari L. Goldman is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs the Scripps Howard Program in Religion, Journalism and the Spiritual Life. He is the author of four books, including the best-selling The Search for God at Harvard and his newest book, The Late Starters Orchestra.
Dr. Elaine Goodfriend is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at California State University, Northridge. She has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from U.C. Berkeley. Among her publications are “Food in the Hebrew Bible,” in Food and Jewish Traditions (forthcoming) and “Leviticus 22:24: A Prohibition of Gelding for the Land of Israel?”
Dr. Rabbi Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College, in Jerusalem. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Among his many books are The Promise of Israel, Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul, and Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn.
Dr. Isaac Gottlieb is an associate professor in the Bible Department at Bar-Ilan University. He received his M.A. from Yeshiva University and his Ph.D. from New York University. He is the author of The Bible in Rabbinic Interpretation (with Menachem Ben-Yashar and Jordan S. Penkower) and Order in the Bible.
Naomi Graetz taught English (now retired) at Ben-Gurion University and still teaches a course on feminist approaches to Jewish texts in the their Overseas Program. She is the author of Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash and God, The Rabbi’s Wife Plays at Murder, S/He Created Them: Feminist Retellings of Biblical Stories, and Silence is Deadly: Judaism Confronts Wifebeating.
Dr. Deena Grant is associate professor of of Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from New York University in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, with a focus on the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern setting. Dr. Grant taught at Hofstra University and Drisha. She is the author of Divine Anger in the Hebrew Bible.
Dr. Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg is the founder and former president of Clal, the former president of the Jewish Life Network and the rabbi emeritus of the Riverdale Jewish Center. Greenberg was ordained at Yeshiva Beis Yosef and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the author of, The Jewish Way, For the Sake of Heaven and Earth, and "Covenantal Pluralism".
Dr. Aaron Greener is a post-doctoral fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and at the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at Haifa University. He holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Bar-Ilan University. Greener directs “Dig the Past”, which recreates Israeli archaeological excavations at North American camps. He is currently preparing for publication the numerous figurine fragments discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project directed by Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira.
Professor Frederick E. Greenspahn is the Gimelstob Eminent Scholar of Judaic Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He earned his M.A. in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He is the author of When Brothers Dwell Together, The Preeminence of Younger Siblings in the Hebrew Bible (1994) and An Introduction to Aramaic.
Professor Leonard Greenspoon holds the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish civilization at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and is also Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Theology there. His Ph.D. from Harvard University. Greenspoon is the editor of Purdue University Press’s Studies in Jewish Civilization series and among his many edited and author books are, Max Leopold Margolis: A Scholar’s Scholar, Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture and Commerce, and (with Sidnie White Crawford) The Book of Esther in Modern Research.
Professor Edward L. Greenstein is Professor and Meiser Chair in Biblical Studies as well as Head of the Institute of Jewish Biblical Interpretation at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. This year he is also visiting senior fellow at the Herzl Institute, Jerusalem.
Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz is Assistant Professor in the Theology Department at Fordham University and a Core Faculty Member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She received her Ph.D. in Religion and Jewish Studies from Princeton University. Dr. Kattan Gribetz works on second temple and rabbinic literature, Jews in the Roman Empire, Jewish-Christian relations, the history of time, gender and sexuality, the city of Jerusalem, and the Talmud in Korea. Her current book, titled Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism, is under contract with Princeton University Press.
Rabbi Eric Grossman is Head of School at Frankel Jewish Academy in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is the author of numerous articles on Bible and Bible education, as well as a grammar of biblical Hebrew.
Professor Jonathan Grossman is a senior lecturer in the Bible departments of both Bar Ilan University and Michlelet Herzog, as well as head of the latter’s school for political thought. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Bar Ilan and an M.A. in Jewish thought from the Hebrew University. Among Grossman’s many publications are Esther: The Outer Narrative and the Hidden Meaning, Ruth: Bridges and Boundaries, and Abram to Abraham: A Literary Analysis of the Abraham Narrative.
Lawrence Grossman is Director of Publications at the American Jewish Committee. He received smicha from Yeshiva University and a PhD in American History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Grossman was editor of the American Jewish Year Book (2000-2008).
Rabbi Zvi Grumet is a senior staff member at The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education where he is the editor of Jewish Educational Leadership. He is coordinator of the Tanakh Department at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi , and is faculty at Pardes Institute and at Hebrew College (Boston). Grumet was ordained by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and holds an Ed.D. from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School. His newest book is called Moses and the Path to Leadership.
Dr. David Gurevich is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology in the Hebrew University. He holds a Ph.D in Classical Archaeology from the University of Haifa, with a dissertation focused on Jerusalem in the Late Second Temple period. In addition to his academic pursuits, Gurevich works as a licensed tour guide in Israel, and lectures worldwide on Israel-related topics.
Dr. David Ben-Gad HaCohen (Dudu Cohen) has a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the Hebrew University. His dissertation is titled, Kadesh in the Pentateuchal Narratives, and deals with issues of biblical criticism and historical geography. Dudu has been a licensed Israeli guide since 1972. He conducts tours in Israel as well as Jordan.
Dr. Rabbi Michael Harris is the rabbi of Hampstead Synagogue, a Research Fellow at The London School of Jewish Studies and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He holds rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, of the University of London, and an M.A. in philosophy from the Hebrew University. Harris is the author of Divine Command Ethics: Jewish and Christian Perspectives and Faith Without Fear: Unresolved Issues in Modern Orthodoxy.
Dr. Rabbi Robert Harris is an associate professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in biblical literature and commentary, particularly medieval Jewish biblical exegesis.
Dr. Tova Hartman is the (recently appointed) Dean of Humanities at Ono Academic College in Israel. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she studied under Carol GiIlligan. She is the author of Appropriately Subversive: Modern Mothers in Traditional Religions, Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism, and Are You Not a Man of God: Devotion, Betrayal, and Social Criticism in Jewish Tradition. Hartman is the co-founder of Congregation Shira Chadashah.
Prof. Warren Zev Harvey is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught since 1977. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University (1973) and is the author of many studies on medieval and modern philosophy, including Physics and Metaphysics in Hasdai Crescas (1998). Harvey is an EMET Prize laureate in the humanities (2009).
Professor Rabbi Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at JTS and a fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Talmud from JTS and rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion. Among her books are Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman’s Voice, Development of the Talmudic Sugya: Relationship between Tannaitic and Amoraic Sources, andRereading the Mishnah: A New Approach to Ancient Jewish Texts.
Dr. Rachel Havrelock is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rachel’s book, River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line combines biblical studies, literary and political theory, and the politics of interpretation. Rachel’s current book project, The Joshua Generation: Politics and the Promised Land, focuses on the structure and meaning of the book of Joshua and its interpretation. Her co-authored book, Women on the Biblical Road, was the beginning of her work on gender and the Bible.
Shira Hecht-Koller is Director of Education for 929 English, a platform for the daily global study of Tanakh. She is also a faculty member at Drisha, where she teaches Talmud and designs immersive text study experiences, and was a fellow in the Paradigm Program of the Paideia Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden. Shira holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Golding Scholar, and she is a graduate of the Beruria Scholars Program in Advanced Talmud Studies at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Before embarking on her Jewish studies career, she was an associate in the Intellectual Property department at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.
Professor Joel Hecker is Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He received his Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from New York University in 1996, and his rabbinic ordination and a M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University in 1990. He is the author of Volumes 11 and (with Nathan Wolski) Volume 12 of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition and is the author of Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals: Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah (Wayne State University Press, 200
Rabbi Herzl Hefter is the Rosh Beit Midrash Har’el, in Jerusalem, an advanced Halacha program open to men and women. Rabbi Hefter has taught the Kollel fellows at Yeshivat Hamivtar, the Gruss Kollel of Yeshiva University and served as the head of the Bruria Scholars Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University and did his semicha at Yeshiva Har Etzion. He was recently a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem.
Professor Samuel Heilman holds the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania and three of his many books won the National Jewish Book Award: The Gate Behind the Wall, A Walker in Jerusalem, and The Rebbe (with Menachem Friedman).
Professor Ronald Hendel is the Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Biblical History and Northwest Semitic Philology and is author of many articles and books, including recently The Book of Genesis: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013). He is the general editor of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition, a text-critical project sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature
Dr. Geoffrey Herman is a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History, Rabbinic Period, from the Hebrew University, and his research focuses on Babylonian Jewish history in the Sasanian era, and its neighboring religious and cultural world. Herman’s recent authored or edited volumes include: A Prince without a Kingdom: the Exilarch in the Sasanian Era (Mohr Siebeck, 2012); Persian Martyr Acts under King Yazdgird I (Gorgias Press, 2016); and Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians: Religious Dynamics in a Sasanian Context (Gorgias Press, 2014).
Dr. Marc Herman is currently a research fellow in the Department of Religion Studies at Lehigh University and will next hold the Shvidler-Rabin joint post-doctoral fellowship in the History Departments at Fordham and Columbia Universities. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Religious Studies. He has forthcoming articles in the Jewish Quarterly Review and Jewish History.
Dr. Rabbi Richard Hidary is Associate Professor of Judaic studies at Yeshiva University. He is also the Distinguished Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation Shearith Israel. He received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and a Ph.D. from N.Y.U. He is the author of Dispute for the Sake of Heaven: Legal Pluralism in the Talmud.
Rabbi Evan Hoffman is the rabbi of Congregation Anshe Sholom in New Rochelle, NY. He previously served as Assistant Rabbi of Park East Synagogue is Manhattan. He received semicha from Yeshiva University’s RIETS, earned an M.A. in Modern Jewish History from Revel Graduate School and did advanced graduate work in American Jewish History. Hoffman’s weekly essay series, “Thoughts on the Parashah,” is widely disseminated.
Dr. Rabbi Jeff Hoffman is Rabbi-in-Residence and Professor of Liturgy at The Academy for Jewish Religion. He holds a D.H.L in liturgy, rabbinic ordination, and an M.A. all from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Hoffman is the editor of Siddur Tisha B’Av for the Rabbinical Assembly. His article, “The Image of the Other in Jewish Interpretations of Alenu” will appear in the online journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.
Professor Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman is Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR, where he was ordained and where received his Ph.D. He is the editor of the the multi-volume My People’s Prayerbook, and among his many books are Beyond the Text, Rethinking Synagogues,and Canonization of the Synagogue Service.
Professor Yair Hoffman is Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Bible, where he chaired the department and head the Chaim Rosenberg School for Jewish Studies. He is the Chairman of the Bible Department at Seminar Hakibuzim College. His Ph.D. is from Tel Aviv University. Hoffman is the author of The Doctrine of the Exodus, A Blemished Perfection: The Book of Job in Context, and Jeremiah, A Commentary vol. 1-2. He is currently the editor of Beit Mikra.
Dr. Shalom E. Holtz is associate professor of Bible at Yeshiva University. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Neo-Babylonian Court Procedure (Cuneiform Monographs 38; Leiden: Brill, 2009) and Neo-Babylonian Trial Records (Society of Biblical Literature, 2014).
Professor Michael M. Homan is Professor of Theology at Xavier University of Louisiana. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Ancient History with a focus on Hebrew Bible from the UC San Diego. He is the author of, To Your Tents, O Israel! , which won the Frank Moore Cross Publications award, and co-author of The Bible for Dummies and The Nine Commandments.
Dr. Daniel Jackson is a professor of computer science at MIT, and a member of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, MA.
Prof. Jonathan Jacobs is a Professor in Bar Ilan University’s Bible Department. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from this same department, and rabbinic ordination from Israel’s chief rabbinate. In addition to his many articles, Jacobs is the author of Measure for Measure in the Biblical Storytelling, Nahmanides’ Torah Commentary Addenda Written in the Land of Israel [with Prof. Yosef Ofer], and Bekhor Shoro Hadar Lo – R. Joseph Bekhor Shor between Continuity and Innovation (all in Hebrew).
Dr. Mark Janzen is assistant professor of history and archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theologocial Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. in history/Egyptology from the University of Memphis, and an M.A. in Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His dissertation is titled, “The Iconography of Humiliation: The Depiction and Treatment of Foreign Captives in New Kingdom Egypt.”
Professor Sara Japhet is Professor (Emeritus) of Bible at the Hebrew University. She holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Hebrew University. Among Japhet’s many publications are The Ideology of the Book of Chronicles and its Place in Biblical Thought and The Commentary of Samuel ben Meir (Rashbam) on Qohelet (with Robert B. Salters).
Dr. Alex P. Jassen is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from New York University. He is the author of Mediating the Divine: Prophecy and Revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2007), which won the 2009 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, and Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Elie Jesner is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in London, and an educator at a variety of Jewish communal institutions. He holds M.A.s in Philosophy from Cambridge University and the University of Warwick. Elie blogs at thinkingdafyomi.com and the Times of Israel.
Dr. Alison L. Joseph is the Assistant Managing Editor of The Posen Library for Jewish Culture and Civilization and an adjunct assistant professor of Bible and its Interpretation at JTS. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Emory University. Her first book Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics received the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise.
Dr. Rabbi Seth (Avi) Kadish teaches medieval Jewish philosophy, history and exegesis at Oranim Teacher’s College, and in the Overseas School at the University of Haifa. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Haifa in Medieval Jewish Philosophy, his M.A. in Bible and Jewish education from Yeshiva University, and his semicha from Yeshiva University’s RIETS. Kadish is the author of Kavvana: Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer and The Book of Abraham: Rabbi Shimon ben Zemah Duran and the School of Rabbenu Nissim Gerondi.
Professor Isaac Kalimi is Gutenberg-Forschungsprofessor in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israelite History, at the Seminar für Altes Testament und Biblische Archäologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany, and Senior Research Associate in the University of Chicago, USA. He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Kalimi is the author of The Reshaping of Ancient Israelite History in Chronicles and The Retelling of Chronicles in Jewish Tradition and Literature: A Historical Journey.
Professor Joel Kaminsky is the Morningstar Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Religion at Boston’s Hebrew College.. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. Among his publications are The Hebrew Bible for Beginners: A Jewish and Christian Introduction (with Joel N. Lohr), and Yet I Loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election.
Dr. Tamar Kamionkowski is professor of biblical studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Tamar is the author of Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: Studies in the Book of Ezekiel and co-editor of Bodies, Embodiment and Theological of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Professor Ben Zion Katz, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Anne and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He has also written on topics of Jewish interest related to Bible, liturgy and the calendar. He recently published A Journey Through Torah: A Critique of the Documentary Hypothesis.
Dr. Hayah Katz is a teaching faculty member in the Dept. of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at The Open University of Israel. She published A Land of Corn and Wine … a Land of Olive-Trees and of Honey: The Economy of Judah Kingdom in the First Temple Period [Hebrew]. Katz also writes on the history of Israeli archeology, and published a biography of Professor Ruth Amiran. She is a member of the Tel ‘Eton expedition team as an associate director and responsible for pottery analysis.
Dr. Jill (Citron) Katz is clinical assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology at Yeshiva University. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Katz excavates at Tell es-Safi/Gath where she serves as an area supervisor. Her book, The Archaeology of Cult in Middle Bronze Age Canaan: The Sacred Area at Tel Haror, Israel was published by Gorgias Press in 2009.
Professor Menachem Kellner is faculty at Shalem College’s Interdisciplinary Program in Philosophy and Jewish Thought. He is Emeritus Professor of Jewish Thought at the University of Haifa, where, among things, he held the Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfson Chair of Religious Thought. He did his B.A, M.A. and Ph.D. at Washington University. Kellner is probably best known for his book, Must a Jew Believe Anything?
Dr. Yishai Kiel is a Blaustein postdoctoral associate and lecturer at the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Rabbinic Literature and Sassanian Studies from the Hebrew University and his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He is the author of Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud: Christian and Sasanian Contexts in Late Antiquity.
Professor Rabbi Reuven Kimelman is Professor of Classical Judaica at Brandeis University. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in religious studies. He is the author of The Mystical Meaning of ‘Lekhah Dodi’ and Kabbalat Shabbat’ and The Rhetoric of Jewish Prayer: A Historical and Literary Study of the Prayer Book. His audio course books are The Hidden Poetry of the Jewish Prayer Book and The Moral Meaning of the Bible.
Dr. Itamar Kislev is Senior Lecturer of Hebrew Bible and Medieval Jewish Exegesis at the University of Haifa. His Ph.D. is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Kislev’s book, On the Threshold of the Promised Land [Hebrew] was published last year.
Professor Jacob Klein is Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and the Department of Bible Studies at Bar Ilan University. He holds a Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Bible from Bar Ilan University. He is the author of The Royal Hymns of Shulgi King of Ur: Man’s Quest for Immortal Fame and In Those Distant Days: Anthology of Ancient Near Eastern Poetry in Hebrew, and was the chief editor and writer for the Olam HaTanakh commentary on Job.
Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a member of the Institute’s iEngage Project and a contributing editor to The New Republic. He holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in Journalism from Northwestern University. He is the author of Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden, and Like Dreamers.
Dr. Raz Kletter is Docent for Near Eastern Archaeology and Member of CSTT/ANEE in Helsinki University. Before that he was senior excavating archaeologist, and head of the SPR Unit in the Israel Antiquities Authority, and a lecturer at Haifa University. He holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Tel Aviv University and has led a number of archaeological excavations, including that of Yavneh. Among his publications The Judean Pillar Figurines and the Archaeology of Asherah (1996), Economic Keystones. The Weight System of the Kingdom of Judah (1998), Yavneh I-II. The Excavation of the “Temple Hill” Repository Pit and the Cult Stands (with Irit Ziffer and Wolfgang Zwickel, 2010, 2015), and most recently, Archaeology, Heritage and Ethics in the Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem (2019).
Judy Klitsner is a senior lecturer at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she teaches Bible and biblical exegesis. She is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other.
Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner has taught Bible and Talmud for many years at Jerusalem’s Midreshet Lindenbaum. He is presently the director of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s groundbreaking Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership. Klitsner was involved in the award winning Hanukah animation Lights, and served as Rav of the School for Torah and Arts. Klitsner is the author of Wrestling Jacob: Deception, Identity, and Freudian Slips in Genesis and co-author of the educational novel, The Lost Children of Tarshish.
Professor Israel Knohl is the Yehezkel Kaufmann Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Bible from Hebrew University. Knohl’s numerous publications include: The Sanctuary of Silence, which won the Z. Shkopp Prize for Biblical Studies and The Messiah before Jesus: The Suffering Servant of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dr. Ido Koch is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University, and co-director of the Tel Hadid Expedition. He studies the archaeology of Bronze and Iron Ages Southern Levant. His recently published monograph (The Shadow of Egypt, Jerusalem, 2018) deals with the Egyptian–Levantine colonial encounters during the Late Bronze Age.
Zvi Koenigsberg worked alongside the late Prof. Adam Zertal throughout the Ebal excavations (1982-88). His long-term mentors include the late Prof. Benjamin Mazar and Prof. Yair Zakovitch. Koenigsberg wrote The Lost Temple of Israel, Academic Studies Press, Boston, 2015. Questions welcome at email@example.com.
Prof. Aaron Koller is professor of Near Eastern studies at Yeshiva University, where he is chair of the Beren Department of Jewish Studies. His last book was Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge University Press), and his next is Unbinding Isaac: The Akedah in Jewish Thought (forthcoming from JPS/University of Nebraska Press in 2020); he is also the author of numerous studies in Semitic philology. Aaron has served as a visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and held research fellowships at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research and the Hartman Institute. He lives in Queens, NY with his wife, Shira Hecht-Koller, and their children.
Dr. Naomi Koltun-Fromm is Associate Professor of Religion in Haverford College. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Stanford. She is the author of Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community.
Dr. Rabbi Eugene Korn is Academic Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University and ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. His recent publications include Plowshares into Swords? Essays on Religion and Violence, Returning to Zion: Christian and Jewish Reflections, and Jewish Theology and World Religions.
Hartley Koschitzky studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva University. He received his M.B.A. and B.S. in engineering from Columbia University and works in his family business.
Professor Haim (Howard) Kreisel teaches in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University, where he holds the Miriam Martha Hubert Chair in Jewish Thought and is the Director of the Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought. Among his books are Maimonides’ Political Thought and Prophecy: The History of an Idea in Medieval Jewish Philosophy.
Dr. Rachel P. Kreiter earned a doctorate in art history from Emory University in December 2015 and has written about arts and culture for various publications, including Burnaway and the Awl. Their research interests include ancient Egypt in its myriad contexts, including the African continent, ancient Near East, contemporary art, and museums.
Dr. Gili Kugler is a lecturer of Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew at the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies in the University of Sydney. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among her articles are, “Who Conquered Hebron? – Apologetic and Polemical Tendencies in the Story of Caleb in Josh 14” (VT) and “The Cruel Theology of Ezekiel 20” (ZAW). Her book, When God Wanted to Destroy the Chosen People: Biblical Traditions and Theology on the Move, was published in 2019 by De Gruyter.
Dr. Rabbi Amit Kula is the rabbi of Kibbutz Alumim as well as of Beit Midrash “Daroma” at Ben Gurion University. He did his Ph.D. in Jewish thought at Ben Gurion University, focusing on the writings of Rav Kook. Kula was formerly the Rosh haYeshiva of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati in Ein Tzurim. He is a member of the rabbinic organizations Tzohar and Beit Hillel, has written a number of online responsa, and is the author of Existential or Non-Essential: History and Literature, Religious Language and the Nature of the Deity.
Dr. Joshua Kulp teaches Rabbinic Literature at the Conservative Yeshiva. He received his Ph.D. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. Kulp is co-author of The Schechter Haggadah and Reconstructing the Talmud.
Dr. David Lambert is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) where he teaches Hebrew Bible. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and A.B. from Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He is the author of How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture.
Rabbi Daniel Landes, formerly head of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Education, is founder and director of YASHRUT, building civil discourse through a theology of integrity, justice, and tolerance. YASHRUT includes a semikhah initiative as well as programs for rabbinic leaders.
Professor Francis Landy is Professor (Emeritus) of Religious Studies at the University of Alberta. He holds a D.Phil in Comparative Literature from the University of Sussex and is the author of Beauty and the Enigma and Other Essays in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield), Paradoxes of Paradise: Identity and Difference in the Song of Songs (Sheffield Phoenix), and Hosea: a Commentary (Sheffield Phoenix).
Professor Daniel J. Lasker is the Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University. He holds a Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. from Brandeis University, and also studied at Hebrew University. Among Lasker’s over two hundred publications are From Judah Hadassi to Elijah Bashyatchi: Studies in Late Medieval Karaite Philosophy and The Sage Simhah Isaac Lutski. An Eighteenth-Century Karaite Rabbi. Selected Writings (Hebrew).
Dr. Rabbi Binyamin (Benny) Lau is the director of the Center for Judaism and Society at Bet Morasha of Jerusalem and the founder of their Beit Midrash for women. He is also the rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue in Katamon. Lau is one of the driving forces behind 929 and is the author of, among other publications, the multi-volume series The Sages.
Dr. Moshe Lavee is a lecturer in Talmud and Midrash and chair of the Inter-disciplinary Centre for Genizah Research in The University of Haifa. His research expertise is in Aggadic Midrash, especially in the communities of the Genizah. Moshe runs programs for young leadership and educators (“Mashavah Techila” and “Ruach Carmel”), working to foster relationships between the academic world and the larger community.
Grace Leake studies Business and Plan II at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Rabbi Samuel Lebens is a post-doctoral research fellow in the philosophy department at the University of Haifa. He holds a Ph.D. in Metaphysics and Logic from the University of London and Orthodox rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Lebens is co-founder and chairperson of the Association for Philosophy of Judaism (www.theapj.com) and is a contributing blogger for Haaretz Jewish World..
Dr. Richard Lederman teaches courses in Bible, Religion, and Comparative Mythology at Georgetown University, Montgomery College, and Gratz College. He holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literaature from the University of Pennsylvania. Before returning to academia, Lederman worked as a Jewish communal professional. He blogs at thereligioushumanist.com and spiritunboundsandr.blogspot.com.
Prof. Omri Lernau, M.D. is a general surgeon, specializing in pediatric surgery; before his retirement, he was head of the surgery department in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. In addition, Lernau is a zooarchaeologist working with Haifa University’s Zinman Institute of Archaeology, with an expertise in the study of fish remains. As such, he has worked with most of the excavations that occur in Israel, wherever fishbones have been found, studying and publishing the findings.
Dr. Mark Leuchter is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism in the Department of Religion at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2003. His research focuses on the history of the priesthood in ancient Israel and early Jewish scribal tradition.
Dr. Adriane Leveen is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at Hebrew Union College. She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of California and her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University. Leveen is the author of Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers and has contributed essays to the Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative and The Torah: A Women’s Commentary.
Professor Alan T. Levenson holds the Schusterman/Josey Chair in Judaic History at the University of Oklahoma and is the director of the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Ohio State University. Levenson is the author of The Making of the Modern Jewish Bible: How Scholars in Germany, Israel and America Transformed an Ancient Text, and Joseph: Portraits Through the Ages (forthcoming).
Professor Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, where he earned a master’s and doctoral degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He is the author of Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton University Press) and Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Triumph of the God of Life (Yale University Press).
Dr. Yigal Levin teaches the history of the biblical period at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University. He received his Ph.D. in Bible from Bar Ilan University. Specializing in historical geography and in biblical genealogies, Levin was co-editor of War and Peace in Jewish Tradition from Biblical Times to the Present and is presently working on a commentary on Chronicles
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss teaches and directs special programs at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He holds a B.A. and Teachers’ Certification in English Literature and Jewish Thought from Hebrew University and has rabbinic ordination from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary of Yeshivat Torat Yosef Hamivtar.
Professor Rabbi Baruch A. Levine is Emeritus Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University and his M.H.L. and ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Levine is the author of the two volume Anchor Bible commentary on Numbers and the JPS commentary on Leviticus.
Dr. Ely Levine teaches biblical studies and archaeology at Villanova University. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Luther College. He earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and archaeology of the Levant from Harvard. He has participated in archaeological excavations in Italy and Israel, and is a member of the staff of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavation Project.
Dr. Barry Levy is Professor of Jewish and Biblical Studies at McGill University in Montreal. He regularly teaches Bible, the History of Jewish Interpretation of the Bible, and a course on Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures and their interpretations.
Shawn Joe Lichaa is the founder of A Blue Thread, A Jewish Blog with a Thread of Karaite Throughout (ABlueThread.com), and a co-author of As it is Written: A Brief Case for Karaism. He has spoken about Karaite Judaism at many venues, including synagogues, Jewish day schools, the Library of Congress, and the Association of Jewish Libraries.
Dr. Rabbi Laura Lieber is associate professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, and co-director of the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, as well as the Director of the Duke-UNC Center for Late Ancient Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago and rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. Her research focuses on Jewish liturgical poetry.
Dr. Hilary Lipka is an instructor in the Religious Studies Program at the University of New Mexico, main campus. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. She is the author of Sexual Transgression in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield Phoenix Press) and co-editor (with F. Rachel Magdalene and Bruce Wells) of the forthcoming Sexuality and Law in the Torah (Bloomsbury T & T Clark).
Prof. Hanna Liss is chair of the Department of Bible and Jewish Exegesis at the Center for Jewish Studies in Heidelberg and the University of Heidelberg. Previously, she served as the first Moosnick Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible & Jewish Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary and as a Harry Starr Research Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the Free University Berlin, and achieved her Habilitation and venia legendi in Jewish Studies at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. She is the author of Jüdische Bibelauslegung (2019) and Creating Fictional Worlds: Peshat Exegesis and Narrativity in Rashbam’s Commentary on the Torah (2011).
Dr. Atar Livneh is Assistant Professor in the Department of Bible, Archaeology, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in biblical studies from the University of Haifa. Her research focuses on Jubilees and Second Temple Literature.
Professor Rabbi Marty Lockshin is University Professor Emeritus at York University and lives in Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and his rabbinic ordination in Israel while studying in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Kook. Among Lockshin’s publications is his four-volume translation and annotation of Rashbam’s commentary on the Torah.
Professor Aren Maeir is a professor at Bar Ilan University and director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and did a post-doc at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT. Maeir has written more than a hundred scholarly and popular articles on archaeology and the Bible.
Professor Rabbi Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University/Bloomington. He is also the rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue in Seaview, NY. His M.A. is from Hebrew University, his Ph.D. from Brandeis, and his ordination from rabbis in Israel. He is the author of American Post-Judaism and Hasidism Incarnate.
Professor Rabbi Jonathan Magonet is the former Principal of Leo Baeck College and Emeritus Professor of Bible. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg and his ordination from Leo Baeck College. Magonet is the author of A Rabbi Reads the Torah, and is the editor of ‘Seder Ha-Tefillot‘ Forms of Prayer: Daily, Sabbath and Occasional Prayers as well as the journal, European Judaism.
Professor Rabbi Jonathan W. Malino is Professor of Philosophy and John A. Weissenfluh Professor (Emeritus) of Ethics and Religion at Guilford College and a Research Affiliate at the Zelikovitz Center for Jewish Studies at Carleton University. He holds a Ph.D in Philosophy from Columbia University and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR. He has edited Judaism and Modernity: The Religious Philosophy of David Hartman and contributed “Interpretation, Modernity and the Philosophy of Judaism“ to the Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: the Modern Era.
Charles H. Manekin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland and currently a Fellow at the Israel Institute of Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. He received his BA in Philosophy from Yale, and his MA, M Phil, and PhD in Philosophy from Columbia. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Logic of Gersonides (Kluwer) and On Maimonides (Wadsworth). He recently co-edited with Daniel Davies Interpreting Maimonides (Cambridge).
Tomer Rami Mangoubi is a graduate of MIT. He was raised in an Egyptian Karaite family in Boston, MA, and has helped provide comments for a (forthcoming) translation of the traditional Karaite legal text, Sefer Levush Malchut (ספר לבוש מלכות, “Royal Attire”). Mangoubi is currently producing an expansive summary and analysis of Karaite Halacha that allows English speakers access to classical Karaite sources, titled Mikdash Me’at (מקדש מעט, “A Small Temple”), and available here.
Dr. Rabbi Michael Marmur is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost of HUC-JIR. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Hebrew University and a B.A. from Oxford. He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder.
Prof. Rabbi Dalia Marx is Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at Hebrew Union College-JIR (Jerusalem). She earned her Ph.D. at the Hebrew University and her rabbinic ordination at HUC-JIR (Jerusalem and Cincinnati). Among her publications are When I Sleep and When I Wake: On Prayers between Dusk and Dawn and A Feminist Commentary of the Babylonian Talmud.
Professor Yitzhak Y. Melamed is the Charlotte Bloomberg Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and Member of the Steering Committee of the Stulman Jewish studies Program. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University and an MA in philosophy and the history of science and logic from Tel Aviv University. Melamed is the author of Spinoza’s Metaphysics: Substance and Thought.
Dr. Ari Mermelstein is Assistant Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University. He holds a Ph.D. from NYU’s Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and a J.D. from NYU Law School. Dr. Mermelstein is the author ofCreation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period, wand is currently working on a new monograph, titled Feeling Like a Sectarian: Emotions and Identity at Qumran.
Dr. Naphtali Meshel is a senior lecturer in Hebrew University’s Departments of Comparative Religion and Bible, from where he received his Ph.D.He did post-doctoral studies in India, studying Sanskrit literature on ritual, and is the author of The “Grammar” of Sacrifice: A Generativist Study of the Israelite Sacrificial System (Oxford).
Professor Eric M. Meyers holds the Bernice and Morton Lerner Chair in Jewish Studies at Duke University. His Ph.D. is from Harvard University and his M.A. from Brandeis. He has directed or co-directed digs in Israel and Italy. Some recent publications include Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, vol. 3 with Mark Chancey and his co-edited volume with Carol Meyers, The Pottery from Ancient Sepphoris. He is also a Chazan.
Dr. Yonatan S. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Religious Understanding at the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio. He earned his PhD in Jewish Studies from Harvard University, where he also served as a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica. He has published articles in Jewish Studies Quarterly and in the Journal of Ancient Judaism and is currently at work on a monograph entitled Sacred Slaughter: Violence and the Israelite-Jewish Priesthood.
Dr. Sara Milstein is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies in the Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew and Judaic Studies Department at New York University. Milstein is the author of Tracking the Master Scribe: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature and co-author (with Daniel Fleming) of The Buried Foundation of the Gilgamesh Epic: The Akkadian Huwawa Narrative.
Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison has been a rabbi at Temple Israel of Boston since 2001, when he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, N.Y. Jeremy was the founding director of the Riverway Project. Morrison is a writing his dissertation on the use of craftsmanship metaphors in the Bible at Brandeis University’s.
Parry Moshe is a graduate student in the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Judaism at Bar-Ilan University. She also serves as an instructor at the Israeli National Police Academy. She is in the final stages of writing her dissertation on Law Enforcement in the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah in the Biblical Period.
Dr. David Z. Moster is the Director of the Institute of Biblical Culture (BiblicalCulture.org). He received his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Bar-Ilan University, writing on the biblical tribe of Manasseh. He also holds an M.A. in Ancient Israel and Near Eastern History from New York University and a number of degrees (B.A., M.A., M.S., Semikhah) in Hebrew Bible, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Education, and Rabbinics from Yeshiva University. He blogs on Hebrew Bible at The Daily Chapter.
Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu is a research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she specialized in the cultic architecture of the Ancient Near East. She holds a doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), and has participated in the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Lachish, and Khirbet al-Rai. Mumcuoglu is the co-author (with Yosef Garfinkel) of Solomon’s Temple and Palace: New Archaeological Discoveries and Crossing the Threshold: Architecture, Iconography and the Sacred Entrance.
Prof. Carol Meyers is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor (Emerita) in the Religious Studies Department at Duke University. She received her A.B. in Bible from Wellesley College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Her reference work, Women in Scripture, is a comprehensive look at all biblical women; and her book Rediscovering Eve is a detailed study of women in ancient Israel. She has co-authored (with Eric Meyers) two Anchor Bible commentaries (on Haggai and Zechariah) and also several major archaeological reports. She has been a staff member or co-director of numerous archaeological field projects, served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is currently a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation.
Professor Hindy Najman is the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is the author of Seconding Sinai, Past Renewals and Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future, and is currently completing a book titled, Ethical Reading: Rethinking Philology in Biblical Studies.
Prof. Susan Niditch is Samuel Green Professor of Religion at Amherst College. She hold’s a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and her research deals with the cultures of ancient and early Judaism. Her particular interests include the study of ancient Israelite literature from the perspectives of folklore and oral studies; biblical ethics with special attention to war, gender, and the body; the reception history of the Bible; and the rich symbolic media of biblical ritual texts. Her most recent book is The Responsive Self: Personal Religion in Biblical Literature of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods (Yale 2015). She is currently working on a new commentary on the Book of Jonah for the Hermeneia Series.
Professor Vered Noam is professor of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she heads the program of Jewish Philosophy, Talmud. and Kabbalah. Her Ph.D. is from Hebrew University. Noam is the author of Megillat Ta’anit: Versions, Interpretation, History and From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution: Conceptions of Impurity.
Professor Scott B. Noegel is Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University andan Honorary Ph.D. in Letters from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Among his many books are Nocturnal Ciphers: The Allusive Language of Dreams in the Ancient Near East; and (with Gary A. Rendsburg) Solomon’s Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs.
Dr. Tania Notarius is a Lecturer of Hebrew and North-West Semitic languages at the Rothberg International School (Hebrew University) and Polis: The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Linguistics, as well as an Affiliated Researcher at the University of Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University (Department of Hebrew Language) and an M.A. and B.A. from Moscow State University (Romance Langauges of Literature). She is the author of The Verb in Archaic Biblical Poetry.
Dr. Tzvi Novick is the Abrams Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has an M.A. from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. from Yale. His research focuses on law and ethics in rabbinic Judaism. He has also written on topics in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, and on Jewish liturgical poetry (piyyut) from late antiquity.
Prof. Eric Orlin is Professor of Classics at the University of Puget Sound. He earned his Ph.D. from the Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Temples, Religion and Politics in the Roman Republic(1997) and Foreign Cults in Rome: Creating a Roman Empire (2010), and served as general editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (2014). He is also the co-founder of the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions.
Dr. Rabbi Aaron Panken, z”l, was President of HUC-JIR, and taught Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature in the New York campus. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, he earned his doctorate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU, and his ordination from HUC-JIR. Panken was a certified commercial pilot and sailor with a degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and the author of The Rhetoric of Innovation.
Dr. Laurie Pearce is a Lecturer in Akkadian in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC, Berkeley. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale’s department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. Among Pearce’s articles are “Looking for Judeans in Babylonia’s Core and Periphery”and“Cuneiform Sources for Judeans in Babylonia in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Periods: An Overview” and she is the author (with Cornelia Wunsch) of Documents of Judean Exiles and West Semites in Babylonia in the Collection of David Sofer.
Dr. Ilan Peled is an Assyriologist working in the department of Arabic, Hebrew and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Following the completion of his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic Languages, from Bar-Ilan University, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Peled’s research focuses on cultural life in the ancient Near East, especially in the spheres of gender, law, religion and cult, and biblical interpretation in the ANE context. He is the author of Masculinities and Third Gender: The Origins and Nature of an Institutionalized Gender Otherness in the Ancient Near East (AOAT 435), and the editor of Structures of Power: Law and Gender Across the Ancient Near East and Beyond.
Professor Eyal Regev is a professor in the Department for the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology in Bar-Ilan University, where he also received his Ph.D. He is the author of, The Sadducees and their Halakhah: Religion and Society in the Second Temple Period [Hebrew], Sectarianism in Qumran: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, and The Hasmoneans: Ideology, Archaeology, Identity.
Professor Adele Reinhartz is aProfessor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and holds the Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian Jewish Relations at Boston College (2015-17). She has an M.A. and Ph.D. from McMaster University. Among Reinhartz’s seven books areBefriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John and Bible and Cinema: An Introduction. She currently serves as the General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature.
Rabbi Moshe Reiss, z”l, was a retired businessman and an Independent scholar. He was an ordained rabbi (private ordination) and served as assistant campus rabbi at Yale. He was a graduate of Brooklyn College and held an advanced degree in economics from Oxford University. At various points in his life, he taught at Fairleigh Dickinson and the Katholic University of Leuven. He co-authored The Matriarchs of Genesis: Seven Women, Five Views with David Zucker. Many of his Torah contributions can be found on his website, http://www.moshereiss.org/.
Professor Gary Rendsburg serves as the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. His Ph.D. and M.A. are from N.Y.U. Rendsburg is the author of seven books and about 190 articles; his most recent book is How the Bible Is Written.
Dr. Amy Cooper Robertson is the Executive Director of Congregation Bet Haverim, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Atlanta. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion in the area of Hebrew Bible from Emory University. Her dissertation, “He Kept the Measurements in His Memory as a Treasure”: The Role of the Tabernacle Text in Religious Experience is available online through the Emory library.
Prof. Alexander Rofé is Professor (Emeritus) of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he held the Yitzhak Becker Chair in Jewish Studies and whence he received his Ph.D. in 1970. Among his many books are Angels in the Bible: Israelite Belief in Angels as Evidenced by Biblical Traditions (1979, reissued 2012), Prophetical Stories (1988), Introduction to the Composition of the Pentateuch(1999), and Deuteronomy: Issues and Interpretation (2002).
Professor Christopher A. Rollston is Associate Professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at George Washington University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age and many articles such as, “Scribal Curriculum during the First Temple Period: Epigraphic Hebrew and Biblical Evidence.”
Dr. Rabbi Jeremy Rosen is the rabbi of the Persian Jewish Community of Manhattan and the Chairman of the Faculty for Comparative Religion in Wilrijk Belgium. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and yeshivot in Israel including Be’er Yaakov and Mir from whence he has his Smichot. He has worked in the rabbinate, education and academia.
Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi is Professor of Rabbinic Literature in the department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel-Aviv University, and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Kogod Center. He holds a Ph.D. in rabbinic literature from Tel-Aviv University and was elected to the Israel Young Academy of Sciences in 2013. Among his many publications are Demonic Desires: Yetzer Hara and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity (2011); Body and Soul in Ancient Judaism (2012); and Goy: Israel’s Others and the Birth of the Gentile (2018, with Adi Ophir).
Dr. Oded Rosenblum is a member of The Center for Inter-disciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah at Haifa University. He holds a Ph.D. in Talmud from Haifa University’s Jewish History department. Rosenblum is a member of several research groups dealing with Talmudic literature.
Dr. Jordan D. Rosenblum is the Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is also Director of the Religious Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University, and is the author of Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism andThe Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World, and co-editor of Religious Competition in the Third Century CE: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman World.
Professor Tamar Ross is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Jewish philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She continues to teach at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She did her Ph.D. at the Hebrew University and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard. She is the author of Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism. Her areas of expertise include: concepts of God, revelation, religious epistemology, philosophy of halacha, the Musar movement, and the thought of Rabbi A.I. Kook.
Dr. David Rothstein is a Senior Lecturer in Ariel University’s Israel Heritage Department. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from UCLA’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is the author of the commentary to 1 and 2 Chronicles in The Jewish Study Bible as well as a number of articles, such as, “Deuteronomy in the Ancient Versions: Textual and Legal Considerations.”
Professor Rabbi Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is Skirball Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature at New York University. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and ordination from JTS. His books include, The History of Sukkot in the Second Temple and Rabbinic Periods; Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition and Culture; Rabbinic Stories; The Culture of the Babylonian Talmud; and Stories of the Babylonian Talmud.
Dr. Joel Yehudah Rutman, M.D., is a graduate of Brandeis University and Harvard Medical School with certification in Pediatrics and in Neurology and Psychiatry with Special Competence in Child Neurology. He was Clinical Professor of Paediatrics (Neurology) at the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio). Rutman also served as hazzan at Rodfei Shalom Congregation i(San Antonio). He is the author of, Why Evolution Matters: A Jewish View.
Professor Thomas Römer is a professor of Hebrew Bible at the Collège de France and occupies its chair in Milieux Bibliques. He holds a Th.D. in biblical studies from the University of Geneva and an L.Th from the University of Heidelberg. Römer was awarded a cursus honora doctorate from the University of Tel Aviv, and among his many publications are Israel’s Väter (German), The So-Called Deuteronomistic History, and Dark God: Cruelty, Sex, and Violence in the Old Testament.
Yoel is a Satmar Hasid who has studied in yeshiva and kollel for many years and has taken an interest in academic Bible studies. See his TABS Essay, My Name is Yoel: I am a Satmar Hasid and a Bible Critic.
Tova Sacher received her LL.B. from Bar Ilan University and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University. She is currently writing a doctoral thesis at the University of Haifa on the topic of Midrash Tanhuma in the Genizah and serves as the coordinator for the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah.
Rabbi Dr. Steven Sager is the director of Sicha (sichaconversation.org), a Jewish education project that specializes in rabbinic enrichment and mentoring.
Dr. Nili Samet teaches Bible and Assyriology at the department of Bible in Bar-Ilan University. She holds a Ph.D. in Bible from Bar-Ilan University and an M.A. in Assyriology from the Hebrew University. She is the author of The Lamentation over the Destruction of Ur: A Revised Edition.
Dr. Seth Sanders is Associate Professor of Religion at Trinity College. He holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Seth is the author of The Invention of Hebrew and co-editor of Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions.
Ben Sandler is a professional software developer and amateur Bible scholar. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva University. Ben lives in Teaneck and chronicles his Torah study with his daughters at http://teachyourdaughter.wordpress.com.
Prof. Jack M. Sasson is the Mary Jane Werthan Professor (Emeritus) of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University as well as Kenan Professor (Emeritus) of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies from Brandeis University. Sasson’s publications include commentaries on the Biblical books of Ruth(1979), Jonah(1991), Judges 1-12(2014), and Judges 13-21 (in preparation). His most recent monograph is From the Mari Archives: An Anthology of Old Babylonian Letters(Eisenbrauns, 2015).
Dr. Hacham Isaac S. D. Sassoon is a rabbi and educator and a founding member of the ITJ. He studied under his father, Rabbi Solomon Sassoon, Hacham Yosef Doury, Gateshead Yeshivah and received his semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Lisbon. He is the author of The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition and a commentary on chumash called Destination Torah.
Professor Michael L. Satlow is Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Brown University. He holds a Ph.D. from JTS, is the author of Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice and How the Bible Became Holy and the editor of Judaism and the Economy: A Sourcebook. He maintains a blog at mlsatlow.com and can be followed on twitter at @mlsatlow.
Dr. Orr Scharf is a lecturer at the Cultural Studies M.A. Program, The University of Haifa. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Melbourne, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Haifa. He is the author of Thinking in Translation: Scripture and Redemption in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig (De Gruyter, 2019), and editor of volume 5, Lectures on Judaism and Christianity, in the critical edition of Martin Buber’s complete works, Martin Bubers Werkausgabe (2017), co-published by the Israel Academy of Sciences and the Humanities and Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. Orr was awarded in 2019 the Hans Ehrenberg Award for Young Scholars for the advancement of research on Jewish-Christian dialogue for his article “Whose Bible is it Anyway: The Buber-Rosenzweig Translation as a Bible for Christians,” published in Magdalena Waligorska and Tara Kohn, eds, Jewish Translation – Translating Jewishness (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018).
Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman is a professor at New York University. He is an expert in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in late antiquity, and the history of Jewish law. Among his books are The Courtyards of the House of the Lord: Studies on the Temple Scroll (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008), and Understanding Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 2003).
Professor Solomon Schimmel is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Education and Psychology at Hebrew College. He received his Ph.D in Psychology from Wayne State University. Schimmel is the author of The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth; Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness; and The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology.
Dr. Devorah Schoenfeld is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches Judaism, Bible, and Jewish-Christian Relations. Her PhD is from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (2007) and she has previously taught at University of California, Davis, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Her book, Isaac on Jewish and Christian Altars, compares Rashi and the Glossa Ordinaria on the akedah. She has also published on midrash, parshanut and interreligious relations.
Dr. Baruch J. Schwartz is the Avraham Mordechai Shlansky Senior Lecturer in Biblical History at Hebrew University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. (1988) from Hebrew University. Schwartz writes and lectures on the Priestly tradition and literature in the Torah and on the biblical accounts of the revelation at Sinai. He is especially interested in how academic biblical scholarship and traditional Jewish belief and observance may co-exist.
Ethan Schwartz is a doctoral student in Hebrew Bible at Harvard University. He received his BA in philosophy and Jewish studies from the University of Chicago and his MA in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Dr. Shai Secunda is Jacob Neusner Professor of Judaism at Bard College. He is a founder and co-editor of the Talmud Blog, fellow at Project TABS, and editor of TheGemara.com. He is the author of The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sasanian Context and Like a Hedge of Lilies: Menstruation and Difference in the Talmud and its Sasanian Context (forthcoming).
Professor Kenneth Seeskin is Professor of Philosophy and Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D in Philosophy from Yale University in 1972 and has been at Northwestern ever since. He specializes in the rationalist tradition in Jewish philosophy with an emphasis on Maimonides. Publications include Maimonides on the Origin of the World (CUP, 2005), Jewish Messianic Thoughts in an Age of Despair (CUP, 2012), and Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible (JPS, 2016).
Dr. Michael Segal is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and also serves as Editor of the Hebrew University Bible Project. He is the author of The Book of Jubilees: Rewritten Bible, Redaction, Ideology and Theology (English: Brill; Hebrew: Magnes; 2007).
Professor Hava Shalom-Guy is academic vice-president at the David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem and teaches in its Department of Bible. She has a Ph.D. in Bible from the Hebrew University and is the author of The Gideon Cycle through the Mirror of Its Literary Parallels [Hebrew] and “Three-Way Intertextuality: Some Reflections of Abimelech’s Death at Thebez in Biblical Narrative”(JSOT).
Dr. Nadav Sharon is a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University and he is the author of Judea under Roman Domination: The First Generation of Statelessness and Its Legacy.
Dr. Sarah Shectman is a freelance academic editor. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Bible and Ancient Near East from Brandeis University, is the author of Women in the Pentateuch: A Feminist and Source-Critical Analysis, and co-editor (with Joel S. Baden) of The Strata of the Priestly Writings: Contemporary Debate and Future Directions.
Dr. Shayna Sheinfeld is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She received her Ph.D. in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism from McGill University. Sheinfeld has published articles on the pseudepigrapha, apocalypses, and the reception of Jewish scripture in early Rabbinic and Christian circles. Her latest article, “The Euphrates as Temporal Marker in 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch” is available in the Journal for the Study of Judaism. Dr. Sheinfeld also writes extensively on pedagogical practices in the classroom.
Professor Yael Shemesh is an Associate Professor in Hebrew Bible at Bar-Ilan University and the head of Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism. She holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Bar-Ilan University and is the author of Mourning in the Bible: Coping with Loss in Biblical Literature (Hebrew), “The Stories of Women in a Man’s World: The Books of Ruth, Esther, and Judith” (in Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect) and “‘And Many Beasts’ (Jonah 4:11): The Function and Status of Animals in the Book of Jonah”(JHS 10).
Dr. David Shyovitz is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Northwestern University, with a joint appointment at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. He received his Ph.D. in medieval Jewish history from the University of Pennsylvania and studied at Yeshivat Har Ezion. He is the author of A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz.
Dr. Malka Zeiger Simkovich is a the Crown Royal Chair of Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the director of their Catholic-Jewish Studies program. She holds a Ph.D. in Second Temple Judaism from Brandeis University, an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Bible Studies and Music Theory from Yeshiva University’s Stern College. In addition to her many articles, Malka is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016) and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories that Shaped Early Judaism (2018).
Prof. Hagith Sivan is Professor Emerita of History in the University of Kansas’ Center for Global and International Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and among her many books are, Jewish Childhood in the Roman World (2018), Galla Placidia: The Last Roman Empress (2011), Between Woman, Man and God: A New Interpretation of the Ten Commandments (2004), and Dinah‘s Daughters: Gender and Judaism from the Hebrew Bible To Late Antiquity (Philadephia 2002).
Dan Sofer is an author of fiction. His most recent novel is called A Love and Beyond, and his stories have appeared in different venues, such asMidstream Magazine and on his website, http://dansofer.com. Sofer studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion (’95-’99) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Computer Science from the University of South Africa. He represented South Africa at the 1993 International Bible Contest (Chidon HaTanakh HaOlami) in Jerusalem.
Dr. Rabbi Norman Solomon was a Fellow (retired) in Modern Jewish Thought at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He remains a member of Wolfson College and the Oxford University Teaching and Research Unit in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He was ordained at Jews’ College and did his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester. Solomon has served as rabbi to a number of Orthodox Congregations in England and is a Past President of the British Association for Jewish Studies. He is the author of Torah from Heaven.
Professor Benjamin D. Sommer joined the JTS faculty as professor of Bible in July 2008. Dr. Sommer is spending the 2012–2013 academic year on sabbatical as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a member of the Convergence and Divergence in the Study of the Pentateuch research group.
Professor Rabbi Daniel Sperber is the incumbant of the Milan Roven Chair of Talmudic Research at Bar-Ilan University and President of Bar-Ilan’s Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies. He is also the rabbi of the Menachem Zion Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. from University College London in Classics, Ancient History and Hebrew Studies, and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Kol Torah. Sperber is the winner of the Israel Prize for his research in Talmud and the history of Jewish Customs, and is the author of the 8 volume series, Minhagei Yisrael [Hebrew] as well as many other books such as, The City in Roman Palestine and On Changes in Jewish Liturgy: Options and Limitations.
Rabbi David D. Steinberg is the co-founder and director of Project TABS. He learned in Manchester Yeshiva, Gateshead Yeshiva, and Mir Yeshiva. Steinberg took the Ner Le’Elef Rabbinical Outreach training course and moved to Huntington, NY to work as an outreach rabbi for the Mesorah Center. In 2007 he joined Aish Hatorah NY as a Programs Director, managing their Yeshiva in Passaic and serving as a rabbi in their Executive Learning program.
Dr. Elsie R. Stern is Associate Professor of Bible at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She received her B.A. from Yale University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Stern is the author of From Rebuke to Consolation: Exegesis and Theology in the Liturgical Anthology of the Ninth of Av Season. Her current research focuses on the performance and inscription of torah in the rabbinic period.
Dr. Gregg Stern is a Harvard-trained historian of medieval Jewish thought and culture. He is the author of Philosophy and Rabbinic Culture and the forthcoming Flashpoints: The Communal Struggle with the Legacy of Maimonides (1188-1340). Stern has taught and conducted research at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Israel.
Prof. Sacha Stern is Professor of Jewish Studies at University College London, where he heads the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and is the Principal Investigator for the Fritz Thyssen Foundation research project “Qaraite and Rabbanite calendars.” He holds an M.A. in Social Anthropology from UCL (1988), and a D.Phil. in Jewish Studies from Oxford. Stern is the editor of the Journal of Jewish Studies and among his many publications, he is the author of Calendar and Community: A History of the Jewish Calendar, 2nd Century BCE to 10th Century CE (2001), Time and Process in Ancient Judaism (2003), and Calendars in Antiquity: Empires, States, and Societies (2012).
Dr. Shana Strauch-Schick is a post-doctoral fellow at The Center for Inter-disciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah at Haifa University. She received a Ph.D. in Talmudic Literature from Revel at Yeshiva University where she also completed an M.A. in Bible. Her publications include, “The Middle Persian Context of the Bavli’s Beruriah Narratives,” Zion 79.3 [Hebrew].
Jonathan Stökl is Lecturer in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at King’s College London. He completed his D.Phil. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford. He is the author of Prophecy in the Ancient Near East: A Philological and Sociological Comparison and editor with Corrine L. Carvalho of Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East.
Professor Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Tanak and Chair of the Faculty at the Academy for Jewish Religion California. His Ph.D. is from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of thirteen volumes, including Reading Ezekiel: A Literary and Theological Commentary; Tanak: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Jewish Bible; and Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: Engaging Holocaust Theology.
Prof. Ada Taggar-Cohen is a professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern studies, and the Head of the Program of Jewish Studies, at the School of Theology of Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. She earned her BA and MA degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem at the Bible and History of Israel departments, and her PhD from Ben Gurion University in the Negev, under the supervision of Prof. Victor A. Hurowitz (ז״ל) and Prof. Theo van den Hout of the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on Hittite priesthood and comparative studies of issues related to Hittite and ancient Israelite cultures. Her book Hittite Priesthood (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006) is a comprehensive work on this topic. She has recently co-edited with Roy E. Gane a volume in memory of Jacob Milgrom, Current Issues in Priestly and Related Literature: The Legacy of Jacob Milgrom and Beyond (Resources for Biblical Study 82; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015).
Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz is a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, and has lectured at Cambridge, Oxford, King’s College London, and SOAS. After studying archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge, she earned her M.A. in prehistory from the Hebrew University, and her Ph.D. in Jewish studies and anthropology from University College London. She is also currently studying in the Kollel program at Yeshivat Maharat. Her forthcoming book, Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women, will be published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in January 2020.
Sara Susswein Tesler has taught Tanakh and Jewish Identity at the high school and post high school level for over fourteen years. She completed her M.A. in Bible at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, and studied at the Drisha Institute’s Scholar’s Program.
Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Tigay is Emeritus Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. He has his Ph.D. from Yale, and his M.H.L and ordination from JTS. He is the author of the Jewish Study Bible commentary on Exodus and the JPS commentary on Deuteronomy, a revised Hebrew edition of which will be published in the Mikra LeYisrael series. He is currently writing a commentary on Exodus for the same series.
Professor Emanuel Tov is J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible (emeritus) in the Dept. of Bible at the Hebrew University, where he received his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. He was the editor of 33 volumes of Discoveries in the Judean Desert. Among his many publications are, Scribal Practices and Approaches Reflected in the Texts Found in the Judean Desert, Textual Criticism of the Bible: An Introduction, The Biblical Encyclopaedia Library 31 and The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research.
Dr. Chaim Trachtman is chief of pediatric nephrology at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is on the board of Yeshivat Maharat and is editor of Women and Men in Communal Prayer: Halakhic Perspectives (KTAV, 2010).
Jason Tron is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology. He received his M.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of Haifa and his B.A. from Oranim College. His dissertation is on visions in the book of Genesis.
Benyamim Tsedaka is the founder and head of the A.B-Institute of Samaritan Studies. He is the editor of A.B. – The Samaritan News Magazine, A Founder of the Society of Samaritan Studies in Paris 1985, the conductor of the Choir of Ancient Israelite Music, and the chairperson of the Samaritan Medal Foundation. Tsedaka has published over 100 articles, essays, and posts on Samaritan Studies. He recently published the firstEnglish translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch.
Dr. Shani Tzoref is currently a Fellow at the Qumran Institute of the University of Göttingen. She was formerly the coordinator of the Biblical Studies program at the University of Sydney. Tzoref holds an M.A. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. in Ancient Jewish Literature from New York University. She is the author of The Pesher Nahum Scroll from Qumran: An Exegetical Study of 4Q169.
Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. She holds a Ph.D. in Northwest Semitic Philology from the University of Chicago and she is the author of Beyond Orality, part of Routledge’s Ancient World series (forthcoming).
Dr. Eran Viezel is a Senior Lecturer in Ben Gurion University’s Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his main field of research is Jewish exegesis. Among his publications are The Commentary on Chronicles Attributed to Rashi (Jerusalem: Magnes, 2010), ‘To Settle the Plain Meaning of the Verse’: Studies in Biblical Exegesis (Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute, 2011) (with Sara Japhet), tens of academic articles, in addition to two books of poems and two novels.
Professor Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he directs the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue. He also serves as Louis Stein director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies there. His most recent book is Sage Tales: Wisdom and Wonder from the Rabbis of the Talmud.
Professor Meylekh (PV) Viswanath teaches finance at Pace University, New York, NY. He has a Ph.D. in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago and is interested in how ancient economies intersected with religion. One recent publications is, “Could What You Don’t Know Hurt You? Information Asymmetry in Land Markets in Late Antiquity,” in The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics.
Dr. Barry Dov Walfish is the Judaica Specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish Intellectual History from the University of Toronto. He is the author of Esther in Medieval Garb and Bibliographia Karaitica, and is the main Judaism editor for De Gruyter’s Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception.
Prof. James W. Watts is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Traditions in Syracuse University’s Department of Religion. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies and an M.Div. in New Testament Studies from the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Among his many books are, Understanding the Pentateuch as A Scripture (2017), Leviticus 1-10 (Historical Commentary on the Old Testament, 2013), Ritual and Rhetoric in Leviticus: From Sacrifice to Scripture (2007).
Professor Chaim I. Waxman is Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University and a Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, and an MHL from Yeshiva University. He specializes in the sociology of religion and the sociology of ethnicity with special focus on American Jews, Jews in Israel, and global Jewish identity and identification.
Professor Nili Wazana is a professor at the departments of Bible and the History of the Jewish People and contemporary Judaism at the Bar-Ilan University, where she received her Ph.D. She is also the academic head of their Rothberg School’s graduate program “The Bible and the Ancient Near East” and the former editor of Shnaton: An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Wazana is the author of All the Boundaries of the Land: The Promised Land in Biblical Thought in Light of the Ancient Near East.
Rabbi Uzi Weingarten is the designer of the Communicating with Compassion course. He received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva University’s RIETS and an M.A. in Jewish Education also from Yeshiva University.
Professor Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and incoming Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (NELC), and Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR, New York. Weiss served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary and Campaign Coordinator for “American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” She is author of Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the Book of Samuel.
Prof. Steven Weitzman serves as Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures and the Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University after completing his B.A. at UC Berkeley, and spent several years teaching Religious Studies at Indiana University and Stanford, where he also served as director of their Jewish Studies programs. Weitzman specializes in the Hebrew Bible and early Jewish culture and in his scholarship, he seeks insight by putting the study of ancient texts into conversation with recent research in fields like literary theory, anthropology, and genetics. His publications include The Jews: A History (co-authored with John Efrom and Matthias Lehman), a biography of King Solomon titled, Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom (Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series) and his The Origin of the Jews: the Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age (Princeton University Press, 2017).
Professor Lawrence M. Wills is the Ethelbert Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He received an M.T.S. and Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School, and is the author of The Jewish Novel in the Ancient World (Cornell University Press, 1995).
Rabbi David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He received his rabbinical ordination from JTS. Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the author of seven books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s new book is titled, Why Faith Matters.
Dr. Jacob L. Wright is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the Director of Graduate Studies in Emory’s Tam Institute of Jewish Studies. His doctorate is from Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen. He is the author of Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and its Earliest Readers (which won a Templeton prize) and David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory.
Prof. Benjamin G. Wright III is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religion Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He received his M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Christian Origins from the University of Pennsylvania. Wright’s most recent book is a commentary on the Letter of Aristeas (2015). A collection of his essays was published as, Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, The Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint, and he did the translations of Sirach (Ben Sira) and the Epistle of Jeremiah for A New English Translation of the Septuagint and the Other Greek Translations Traditionally Included under That Title, which he edited with Albert Pietersma. He is currently working on a commentary on the Wisdom of Ben Sira.
Prof. David P. Wright is Professor of Bible and Ancient Near East at Brandeis University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and he is author of Inventing God’s Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi (2009), Ritual in Narrative: The Dynamics of Feasting, Mourning, and Retaliation Rites in the Ugaritic Tale of Aqhat (2001), and The Disposal of Impurity: Elimination Rites in the Bible and in Hittite and Mesopotamian Literature (1987).
Dr. Azzan Yadin-Israel is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the departments of Classics and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Califronia, Berkeley and Graduate Theologial Union. He is the author of Scripture as Logos: Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash and Scripture and Tradition:Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash.
Joachim Yeshaya, Ph.D. (2009) in Arts, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, is Doctor-Assistant in Hebrew Literature at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of Medieval Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Egypt (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2011) and Poetry and Memory in Karaite Prayer (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2014). He edited, together with Elisabeth Hollender, Exegesis and Poetry in Medieval Karaite and Rabbanite Texts (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017), and, together with Elisabeth Hollender and Naoya Katsumata, The Poet and the World: Festschrift for Wout van Bekkum on the Occasion of His Sixty-fifth Birthday (Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2019). Since January 2019 he is serving as editor for the multivolume Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR) (Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter).
Dr. Philip Yoo is Lecturer in the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford, an S.T.M. from Yale, and an M.Div. from Knox College, Toronto. He is the author of Ezra and the Second Wilderness.
Dr. Rabbi Tzemah Yoreh has a Ph.D. in Bible from Hebrew University. He has written many books focusing on his reconstruction of the redaction history of Genesis through Kings. He is the author of The First Book of God, and the multi-volume Kernel to Canon series, with books like Jacob’s Journey and Moses’s Mission. Yoreh has taught at Ben Gurion University and American Jewish University. He is currently working towards ordination at the International Institute for Secular and Humanistic Judaism.
Professor Ziony Zevit is Distinguished Professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures at the American Jewish University. He earned his BA at USC, and his MA, Can. Phil., and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Among his books are The Religions of Ancient Israel (2001),Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew (2012) (with Cynthia Miller-Naudé), andWhat Really Happened in the Garden of Eden? (2013).
Professor Wendy Zierler is the Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR. She received her Ph.D. and her M.A. from Princeton University and her B.A. from Stern College (YU). She is the author of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Hebrew Women’s Writing.
Noam Zion is senior faculty and curriculum writer for the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem (1978-2019). He holds an M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University, and among his books are A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah (1997); Jewish Giving in Comparative Perspectives: Tzedakah, Charity and Greek Philanthropy (2013); Talmudic Marital Dramas (2018) and Foundations of Family Conflict and Reconciliation in Genesis (multidisciplinary study guides for educators).
Professor Zvi Zohar is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Sephardic Law and Ethics at Bar Ilan University, where he teaches at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Jewish Studies. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. Zohar holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. Among his many books are Transforming Identity (with Avi Sagi, Hebrew), The Luminous Face of the East – Studies in the Legal and Religious Thought of Sephardic Rabbis of the Middle East [Hebrew], and Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East.
Dr. Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg teaches Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes, and the Jerusalem College for Adults and holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University and is the author of Genesis: The Beginning of Desire, The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, and The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious.
Rabbi Daniel M. Zucker, D.D. is the rabbi of Temple Hatikvah (Flanders, NJ) and President and CEO of Americans for Democracy in the Middle-East. He holds an M.A. in Hebrew Letters, a Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) from JTS, and rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR. A sampling of Zucker’s many articles on the Middle-East can be found on his blog, and he is the author of “He Said: ‘It’s an Event not Pure, for it’s not Pure!’ (I Sam. 20:26b) A Political Analysis,” published in JBQ (2016).
Dr. Rabbi David J. Zucker is an Independent Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK), and Ordination and an M.A.H.L. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He publishes regularly (see www.DavidJZucker.org) and his latest book is American Rabbis: Facts and Fiction, Second Edition.
Dr. Rabbi Yoel bin Nun is one of the founders of Yeshivat Har Etzion. He received his rabbinic training at Yeshiva Merkaz HaRav and his Ph.D. from Hebrew University. In 1986, he established Michlelet Yaakov Herzog for training Jewish Studies teachers, especially in Bible instruction. Between 2000-2006 he served as the Rosh Ha-Yeshiva of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati in Ein Tzurim.