Prof. Reinhard Achenbach is Professor for Old Testament at the University of Münster. He did his doctoral work at the University of Göttingen and his Habilitation at the University of Munich. He is the author of, Israel between promise and commandment. Literary-Critical Studies of Deuteronomy 5-11 (German 1991); The Completion of the Torah: Studies on the Editorial History of the Book of Numbers in the Context of the Hexateuch and Pentateuch (German, 2003), and Torah in the Persian Period: Collected Studies on Theology and Legal History of Judah (German, forthcoming), and is co-editor of Torah in the Hebrew Bible: Studies on the History of Redaction and the Synchronic Logic of Diachronic Transformations (German, 2007). Achenbach has been a member of the Cluster of Excellency on Religion and Politics at the University of Münster since 2007.
Prof. Rabbi Rachel Adelman is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Boston’s Hebrew College, where she also received ordination. She holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the author of The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha (Brill 2009), based on her dissertation, and The Female Ruse: Women's Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield Phoenix, 2015), written under the auspices of the Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) at Harvard. Adelman is now working on a new book, Daughters in Danger from the Hebrew Bible to Modern Midrash (forthcoming, Sheffield Phoenix Press). When she is not writing books, papers, or divrei Torah, it is poetry that flows from her pen.
Prof. 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.”
Prof. Yonatan Adler is an Associate Professor at the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Ariel University, where he also heads the Institute of Archaeology. He studied at Yeshivat Merkaz Harav, where he received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in archaeology from Bar-Ilan University. Adler was appointed in 2018 by the Minister of Culture to serve as a member of the Israeli Council for Archaeology. He has written extensively on the subject of archaeological evidence relating to the observance of Torah law, covering topics such as ancient ritual immersion pools, dietary laws, ancient tefillin found in the Judean Desert, and chalk vessels (used by Jews who observed the purity laws). Adler has directed excavations at several sites throughout Israel, most recently at ‘Einot Amitai and at Reina, two sites in Galilee where Roman-era chalk vessel workshops have been unearthed. His book, The Origins of Judaism: An Archaeological-Historical Reappraisal, is due out with Yale University Press in November 2022.
Prof. Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll is Associate Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Aseneth of Egypt: The Composition of a Jewish Narrative (Society of Biblical Literature, 2020) and the translation and commentary of “Joseph and Aseneth” in Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (The University of Nebraska Press, 2013). She has also written on pseudepigrapha and Jewish Greek literature from the Hellenistic period. Her current research focuses on religious practices in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods and how these practices operated in terms of political power and identity formation.
Prof. Mika Ahuvia is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies 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. She is the author of several books, including On My Right Michael, On My Left Gabriel: Angels in Ancient Jewish Culture (University of California Press, 2021).
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).
Prof. Rabbi Yehoyada Amir is Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. He received a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1994, and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2004. Amir headed HUC-JIR Israel’s rabbinic seminary from 2000–2009, is a past Chairman of the Council of Progressive Rabbis in Israel (Maram), and was a member of the board of directors Rabbis for Human Rights and the steering committee of the Israel Religious Action Center. Among his books are Reason out of Faith: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig (Hebrew, 2004), A Small Still Voice: Theological Critical Reflections (Hebrew, 2009), Gates to Pure Faith: Renewal of Jewish life in the Philosophy of Nachman Krochmal (Hebrew, 2018), and The Philosophy of Eliezer Schweid: Jewish Culture and Universal Perspectives (edited with Yossi Turner, Hebrew, 2020).
Prof. 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. Nissim Amzallag was a Research Fellow (2013-2021) at the Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies of the Ben Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev (Beer Sheba, Israel). He holds a Ph.D. in Biology, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and another Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from BGU. Amzallag investigates the cultural dimension of metallurgy in antiquity, the metallurgical background of ancient Yahwism and its involvement in the emergence of Israel and its theology. He is the author of: The Copper Revolution – Smelters from Canaan and the Beginning of Civilization (Livna [Israel]: Hameara, 2008, in Hebrew); Esau in Jerusalem – The Rise of a Seirite Religious Elite in Zion at the Persian Period (Leuven: Peeters, 2015 ); La Forge de Dieu, Aux origines de la Bible (Paris: Cerf, 2020, in French); Psalm 29: A Canaanite Hymn to YHWH in the Psalter (Leuven: Peeters, 2021); and YHWH and the Origins of Israel – Insight from the Archaeological Record (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, scheduled to May 2023).
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. Rabbi Wendy Love Anderson is the rabbi of Temple Israel of Albany. She received her M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Academy for Jewish Religion, where she also received rabbinic ordination, 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.
Prof. Gary A. Anderson is Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Thought at Notre Dame University's Department of Theology. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and is the author of Sin: A History (Yale, 2009), Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition (Yale 2013), Christian Doctrine and the Old Testament: Theology in the Service of Biblical Exegesis (Baker, 2017), and is the co-editor (with Markus Bockmuehl) of Creation ex nihilo: Origins and Contemporary Significance (Notre Dame, 2017).
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. Anna Angelini is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich in the ERC project “How God became a Lawgiver” (www.divlaw.uzh.ch). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Siena (Italy) and is the author of Dal Leviatano al drago: mostri marini e zoologia antica fra Grecia e Levante (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2018), and of L’imaginaire du démoniaque dans la Septante. Une analyse comparée de la notion de démon dans la Septante et dans la Bible Hébraïque (Leiden: Brill, 2021). She is co-editor with Peter Altmann and Abra Spiciarich of the volume Food Taboos and Biblical Prohibitions (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), and serves as associate editor for the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (jhsonline.org).
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.
Dr. Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. A member of the Philosophy Department, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics, and the integration of science and religion. He is also Dean of the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany, ordaining Conservative rabbis for Europe. He is a frequent contributor for the Forward, Times of Israel, a contributing writer for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, and is the author of numerous books, most recently Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit (2015). www.bradartson.com.
Prof. Nehama Aschkenasy is Professor (emerita) of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. She holds degrees in Hebrew and English Literature from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. Aschkenasy is the author of Eve’s Journey: Feminine Images in Hebraic Literary Tradition (U. of Pennsylvania, 1987), a Choice selection and winner of the Present Tense Literary Award, and Woman at the Window: Biblical Tales of Oppression and Escape (Wayne State, 1998). She is the editor of Biblical Patterns in Modern Literature (with David Hirsch, Brown, 1984), and Recreating the Canon: The Biblical Presence in Contemporary Hebrew Literature and Culture (a dedicated volume of the AJS Review, 28:1, Cambridge, 2004). She has also contributed numerous chapters and articles to edited books and scholarly journals, and served as Associate Editor of the AJS Review. Her teaching and research focus on the reappearance of biblical patterns in Hebraic and English literary traditions, literary art in the Bible, women in Hebraic literary tradition, and politics and society in contemporary Israeli fiction. For more, see her UConn profile.
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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. His forthcoming book is Legal Exegesis of Scripture in the Works of Josephus (Bloomsbury).
Rotem Avneri Meir is a Visiting Fellow in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Classics at Harvard University, and a Doctoral Researcher at the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE) at the University of Helsinki, where he is writing his dissertation “The Rise of the Hasmonean Dynasty on the Margins of the Seleucid Empire.” Avneri Meir’s research centers on the social history of Hellenistic Judea and and his dissertation examines the establishment of Hasmonean dynastic rule through its brokerage with the Seleucid empire in Judea and the responses to these processes within contemporary Jewish society more broadly. He holds a B.A. in History and Philosophy and an M.A. in Ancient History, both from Tel Aviv University. In 2019 he was awarded the European Association of Biblical Studies’ student prize for excellence in Biblical Studies. His article “Plotting Antiochus’s Death: The Book of Daniel on the End of Seleucid Rule” recently appeared in Vetus Testamentum. He has forthcoming publications in the Journal of Ancient Judaism, and several collective volumes.
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 a Senior Lecturer for Biblical Studies and Biblical Hebrew at Oranim: Academic College of Education. 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. Her studies focus on Socio-cultural interpretation, Semantics, and Inner biblical interpretation. She is mostly interested in the windows that ancient texts open for us into ancient cultures and minds. She is also amazed by the extent to which reading ancient texts can improve our understanding of contemporary cultures and minds.
A. Avreich is a pseudonym for a man learning in a Haredi kollel.
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 the author of Treading on the Back of the Sea [Hebrew], recently published in a revised English edition: The Storm-God and the Sea: The Origin, Versions, and Diffusion of a Myth throughout the Ancient Near East (Mohr-Siebeck, 2020).
Prof. Elizabeth Backfish is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Jessup
University in Rocklin, CA. She holds a PhD from Trinity International University in
Deerfield, IL, and serves on the board of the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR) as the
director of IBR Women. She is the author of Hebrew Wordplay and Septuagint
Translation Technique in the Fourth Book of the Psalter (Bloomsbury, 2019).
Prof. 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.
Prof. Carol Bakhos is Professor of Late Antique Judaism, Director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Religion, and Chair of the Study of Religion Interdisciplinary Program. She received her M.A. in Theological Studies from Harvard, and her Ph.D. in rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is author of Ancient Judaism in its Hellenistic Context (Brill 2005), Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab (SUNY 2006), winner of a Koret Foundation Award, and most recently, The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations (Harvard University Press, 2014), which was translated into Turkish. She edited Current Trends in the Study of Midrash (Brill 2006), and co-edited The Talmud in its Iranian Context (with Rahim Shayegan, Mohr Siebeck 2010), Islam and its Past: Jahiliyya and Late Antiquity in Early Muslim Souces (with Michael Cook, Oxford 2017), and Das jüdische Mittelalter (with Gerhard Langer, Kohlhammer 2020). She is currently working on the second volume of the Posen Jewish Anthology of Culture and Civilization.
David Bar-Cohn is Manager of Operations at TheTorah.com. He holds an M.A. in Bible (magna cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University; his thesis is titled, Rites of Replenishment: Observations on Priestly Purification (Bar-Ilan, 2022). He is the author of the book Ohr HaShachar: Torah, Kabbalah and Consciousness in the Daily Morning Blessings (Urim, 2014), an analysis of the birkhot hashachar prayers. David also holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and received semikha in Yoreh De’ah.
Dr. Rabbi 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.”
Prof. 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.”
Prof. Rabbi Pamela Barmash is 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 The Laws of Hammurabi: At the Confluence of Royal and Scribal Traditions (Oxford 2020) and Homicide in the Biblical World (Cambridge 2005). She is the co-editor of the Exodus: Echoes and Reverberations in the Jewish Experience, and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Biblical Law. She is the editor of the scholarly journal Hebrew Studies, and she serves as co-chair of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly and as a dayyan on the Joint Beit Din of the Conservative/Masorti movement.
Dr. Gad Barnea is a research fellow at the department of biblical studies at the University of Haifa, where he did his Ph.D. He is currently working on a new critical edition of 4Q550 for Brill’s DSSE collection. Barnea is co-author of Hosea—The Word of the Lord that Happened to Hosea, for the collection “the Bible in its traditions,” and he is now working on the volume for Genesis.
Prof. Rev. John Barton is Emeritus Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, UK, and a Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford. He holds a D.Phil and a D.Litt from the University of Oxford and is an ordained priest of the Anglican Church. Among his many books are Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study (Westminster, 1984), The Nature of Biblical Criticism (Westminster-John Knox 2007), Ethics in Ancient Israel (Oxford 2014), and A History of the Bible: The Story of the World's Most Influential Book (Viking 2019).
Dr. Eyal Baruch teaches at the Department of Jewish Art and at the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land 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 lecturer in Bible at the David Yellin College of Education. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served as editor and editorial coordinator for a collection of articles on Biblical and Assyrian historiography. 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.”
Prof. 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 (2000), and more recently “The Preface to the Hebrew Edition of Purity and Danger” (2020), part of his larger effort to present the work of Dame Mary Douglas (1921-2007) to a wider audience.
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. Adam L. Bean is Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Milligan University and holds a Ph.D and M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. He is co-author with Christopher A. Rollston, P. Kyle McCarter, and Stefan J. Wimmer of “An Inscribed Altar from the Khirbat Ataruz Moabite Sanctuary” (the editio princeps of the new Moabite inscriptions from Khirbat Ataruz, Jordan) published in the journal Levant, and author of “A Curse of the Division of Land: A New Reading of the Bukān Aramaic Inscription Lines 9–10,” in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honor of P. Kyle McCarter Jr. (SBL Press 2022), along with several reference articles in the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-biblical Antiquity. He has been actively involved in archaeological fieldwork and grant-funded epigraphic research projects in Jordan.
Dr. Shlomit Bechar is a post-doctoral fellow at The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History at the University of Haifa. She also conducts ongoing research at the Institute of Archaeology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is co-director of the excavations at Tel Hazor. Shlomit received her MA in 2012 and PhD in 2019, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been digging at Tel Hazor since 2007 and became co-director of the excavations in 2015. Among her articles are "Take a Stone and Set It Up as a Massebah: The Tradition of Standing Stones at Hazor," (ZDPV, 2018) and "A Renewed Analysis of the Black Wheel-Made Ware of the Intermediate Bronze Age," (Tel-Aviv 2015). Her book, The Effects of Political Changes on Material Culture: The Middle Bronze Age-Late Bronze Age Transition in Northern Canaan as a Test Case is forthcoming with Eisenbrauns, and she is co-author of Hazor VII and is currently co-authoring Hazor VIIII.
Prof. 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).
Prof. Eyal Ben-Eliyahu is the head of the Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa. He earned his Ph.D at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was a researcher at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, conducted post-doctoral studies as the Harry Star Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University and at Tel-Aviv University, and was a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Ben-Eliyahu's fields of interest include the perceptions of geographic space, borders, holy places in Jewish consciousness in antiquity, and comparing these perceptions to those prevalent in Roman tradition and ancient Christian beliefs in the same period. He is the author of Between Borders: Jewish Consciousness in the Second Temple and Roman-Byzantine Periods (Yad Ben-Zvi, 2013); Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity (135-700 CE): A Handbook, (Oxford 2013 [with (the late) Fergus Millar and Yehudah Cohen]), and most recently, Identity and Territory: The Jewish Perceptions of Space in Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2019). Ben-Eliyahu also founded a digital atlas focused on mapping the Jewish world in antiquity (https://jatlas.
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. Ben Shahar was born in Jerusalem. He studied and received His Ph.D. in Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He teaches at the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University and Sha’anan College. His primary research interests are historical consciousness in ancient Judaism, rabbinic literature, Second Temple literature and Josephus.
Prof. 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).
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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 Consultant in Outreach and Development with JALSA, The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action. He has a PhD in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brandeis, is the author of Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition and co-editor of Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage. Bernat has held faculty positions at UMass Amherst and Wellesley College, and regularly leads adult education tours to Israel with an historical and archaeological focus.
Prof. Christoph Berner is Professor for Old Testament Studies/Hebrew Bible at the University of Kiel. He holds a Th.D. in Jewish Studies/New Testament and a Priv-Doz in Old Testament Studies/Hebrew Bible, both from the University of Göttingen. He is the author of Jahre, Jahrwochen und Jubiläen: Heptadische Geschichtskonzeptionen im Antiken Judentum, (de Gruyter, 2006); Die Exoduserzählung: Das literarische Werden einer Ursprungslegende Israels, (Mohr Siebeck, 2010); and the editor of The Reception of Biblical War Legislation in Narrative Contexts, (2015) and Book-Seams in the Hexateuch I: The Literary Transitions between the Books of Genesis/ Exodus and Joshua/Judges (2018) [both with Harald Samuel]; Clothing and Nudity in the Hebrew Bible (2019) [with Manuel Schäfer / Martin Schott / Sarah Schulz / Martina Weingärtner].
Prof. Katell Berthelot is a CNRS Professor within the University of Aix-Marseille, France. She holds a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University, dealing with the accusations of misanthropy against the Jews in Antiquity and the Jewish responses to these charges. It was published as Philanthrôpia judaica: Le débat autour de la “misanthropie” des lois juives dans l’Antiquité (Brill, 2003). Berthelot’s research focuses on the history of Jews and Judaism in the Greco-Roman world. Other books are In Search of the Promised Land? The Hasmonean Dynasty Between Biblical Models and Hellenistic Diplomacy (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018), which analyzes Hasmonean rule in light of biblical and Hellenistic models of war and kingship, and her most recent monograph, Jews and their Roman Rivals: Pagan Rome’s Challenge to Israel (Princeton University Press, 2021), which won the National Jewish Book Award in the category “Scholarship” in 2021. In 2014–2019, she coordinated an international research program funded by the European Research Council (ERC), on the impact of the Jews’ encounter with the Roman Empire on Jewish thought (www.judaism-and-rome.org).
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. 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.
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.
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.
Prof. 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.”
Dr. Emmanuel Bloch holds a Ph.D. in Jewish studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His recently completed doctoral thesis, written under the co-supervision of Profs. Suzanne Last Stone and Benjamin Brown, examines how and why the concept of female modesty (tsni’ut), which was always understood as a mimetic way of life, has recently morphed into a legal domain of its own. Previously, Bloch was an attorney-at-law in Europe. His mother tongue is French, and he has published academic articles in three languages. Bloch’s work draws mostly from legal philosophy but is enriched by concepts borrowed from the sociology of law and religion.
Dr. Yigal Bloch is a curator at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Jewish History, with specialization in the biblical period, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bloch is the author of Alphabet Scribes in the Land of Cuneiform: Sēpiru Professionals in Mesopotamia in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Periods (Gorgias Press, 2018), and co-author (with Prof. Nathan Wasserman) of The Amorites: Mesopotamia in the Early Second Millennium BCE (Carmel, 2019 [Hebrew]).
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.”
Prof. 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.
Rabbi Steven Bob is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, IL. He serves Guest Faculty at Wheaton College and as an Adjunct Professor at Elmhurst University. He is the author of: Go to Nineveh: Medieval Jewish Commentaries on the Book of Jonah translated and Explained (Pickwick Publications, 2013) and Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives: A Verse-by-Verse Contemporary Commentary (JPS, 2016).
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. Daniel Bodi is Professor of History of Religions of Antiquity at Sorbonne University in Paris. He earned his M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary, M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in N.Y., Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of Strasbourg, France, and Habilitation-State Doctorate from Sorbonne University, History Department (’96). He published a monograph on each one of King David’s wives, The Michal Affair. From Zimri-Lim to the Rabbis (2005), The Demise of the Warlord. A New Look at the David Story (2010); (ed.), Abigail, Wife of David, and Other Ancient Oriental Women (2013). Abishag as Administrator of King David’s Household (2021) all published with Sheffield Phoenix Press. He also authored a Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel (2009) in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, an Akkadian grammar in French, Petite grammaire de l’akkadien à l’usage des débutants (2001) and Israël à l’ombre des Babyloniens et des Perses (2010).
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].
Prof. Athalya Brenner-Idan is Professor (Emerita) of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament chair at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and was Professor of 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 (20 volumes), and co-editor (with Archie Lee and Gale Yee) of the Texts@Contexts Series (7 volumes to date).
Prof. Mark G. Brett is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Whitley College, University of Divinity (Melbourne, Australia). He holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament and Philosophy from the University of Sheffield and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Brett is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA) and has edited several volumes, including Ethnicity and the Bible (1996) and most recently (with Rachelle Gilmour) Political Theologies in the Hebrew Bible (Brill, forthcoming). He is the author of Biblical Criticism in Crisis (Cambridge, 1991); Genesis: Procreation and the Politics of Identity (Routledge, 2000); Decolonizing God (Sheffield 2008); Political Trauma and Healing (Eerdmans, 2016), and Locations of God: Political Theology in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford, 2019).
Prof. Marc Zvi Brettler is Bernice & Morton Lerner Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at Duke University, and Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies (Emeritus) at Brandeis University. He is author of many books and articles, including How to Read the Jewish Bible (also published in Hebrew), co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (with Amy-Jill Levine), and co-author of The Bible and the Believer (with Peter Enns and Daniel J. Harrington), and The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (with Amy-Jill Levine). Brettler is a cofounder of TheTorah.com.
Prof. Edward Breuer is a native of Montreal Canada and received his Ph.D. from Harvard; he currently teaches at the Hebrew University. Breuer writes about the history of biblical scholarship in the modern era, and is the co-author with Chanan Gafni of “Jewish Biblical Scholarship between Tradition and Innovation” and, with David Sorkin, Moses Mendelssohn's Hebrew Writings (Yale, 2018).
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.
Prof. Esther Brownsmith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, following time as a Postdoctoral Researcher at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. She holds a master's degree from Yale Divinity School, summa cum laude, and a doctorate from Brandeis University. She is author of Three Biblical Metaphors of Women as Food: The Cutlet, the Dumpling, and the Vine, forthcoming in Routledge's series "The Ancient Word," and is editor-in-chief of the forthcoming edited volume, Unruly Books: Rethinking Ancient and Academic Imaginations of Religious Texts.
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. Aubrey E. Buster is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College (IL). She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University. She is the author of Remembering the Story of Israel: Historical Summaries and Memory Formation in Second Temple Judaism (Cambridge University Press, 2022), and she is currently completing the volume on the book of Daniel for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT) series with Dr. John H. Walton.
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.
Prof. David M. Carr is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School and an M.T.S. from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Carr is the author of several books, including Genesis 1-11, International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (Kohlhammer, 2021), The Formation of Genesis 1-11: Biblical and Other Precursors (Oxford University Press, 2020), The Hebrew Bible: A Contemporary Introduction to the Christian Old Testament and Jewish Tanakh (Wiley Blackwell, 2020), and Holy Resilience: The Bible's Traumatic Origins (Yale University Press, 2014).
Prof. Cynthia Chapman is the Adelia A. F. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Professor of Religion and the Chair of the Jewish Studies Program Committee at Oberlin College where she has taught biblical studies for eighteen years. She is the author of The House of the Mother: The Social Function of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry (Yale University Press, 2016) and The Gendered Language of Warfare in the Israelite-Assyrian Encounter (Eisenbrauns, 2004). She has also produced a course for the Teaching Company’s Great Courses series called The World of Biblical Israel and has served as co-editor with Michael D. Coogan on A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament and The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019). Her current research traces the growing importance of maternally specific kinship categories, including food-based kinship, during the post-exilic period in order to document the origins of defining Jewishness through the mother.
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 HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Orot Shaul in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Rabbi Cherlow was one of the founders of Tzohar, and serves as the chair of their ethics committee. Among his books are אחריך נרוצה, a commentary on the Song of Songs (2003) and יראה ללבב, on prophecy (2007), and In His Image (2014).
Prof. 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.
Prof. Mordechai Cogan is Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has written widely on the political and cultural connections between ancient Israel and the empires of the ancient Near East. Cogan is the author of many studies and books, among them: Imperialism and Religion; The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel; Bound for Exile: Israelites and Judeans Under Imperial Yoke, Documents from Assyria and Babylonia; commentaries in the Anchor Bible series on 1 Kings; 2 Kings (with Prof. Hayim Tadmor); commentaries in Hebrew in the Mikra Leyisrael (Bible for Israel) series on Obadiah, Joel, Nahum and Kings, and the just published Under the Yoke Ashur: The Assyrian Century in the Land of Israel.
Prof. 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.
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.
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. 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).
Prof. Rabbi Naftali S. Cohn is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religions and Cultures 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.
Prof. Emily Colbert Cairns is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Salve Regina University. She graduated with a Ph.D. and M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-editor of, Confined Women: The Walls of Female Space in Early Modern Spain (Hispanic Issues Online 2020) and the author of Esther in Early Modern Iberia and the Sephardic Diaspora: Queen of the Conversas (Palgrave 2017). Colbert Cairns specializes in gender, converso and crypto-Jewish identity in the early modern period and has published with eHumanista, Chasqui, Cervantes Journal and Hispanófila. She spent the fall of 2019 conducting research in the Archivo de la Diputación de Sevilla in support of her current book project on breastfeeding practices in the early modern period.
Prof. John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. He received his Ph. D. from Harvard (1972) and holds honorary degrees from the University College Dublin and the University of Zurich. Collins' most recent books are The Invention of Judaism. Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul (University of California, 2017), and What Are Biblical Values? (Yale, 2019). He serves as general editor of the Anchor Yale Bible and Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library and has received the Burkitt medal for biblical scholarship from the British Academy.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Carly L. Crouch is a Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Ancient Judaism and Chair of the Department of Textual, Historical and Systematic Studies of Judaism and Christianity at Radboud University, the Netherlands. She is also a Research Associate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is author of several books, including Israel and Judah Redefined (CUP, 2021), Translating Empire (with Jeremy Hutton; Mohr Siebeck, 2019), An Introduction to the Study of Jeremiah (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Making of Israel (Brill, 2014), Israel and the Assyrians (SBL, 2014), War and Ethics in the Ancient Near East (de Gruyter, 2009), and Isaiah: An Introduction and Study Guide (with Christopher B. Hays; Bloomsbury, 2022), as well as editor of volumes on the Bible and American gun culture, involuntary migration and the prophets, and the Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible and Ethics (CUP, 2021).
Prof. Erin Darby is Associate Professor of Early Judaism in the University of Tennessee's Department of Religious Studies and the UT Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. She is the author of Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines: Gender and Empire in Judean Apotropaic Ritual (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) and co-editor of the new volume, Iron Age Terracotta Figurines from the Southern Levant in Context (Brill, 2021). Her work has been supported by an Educational and Cultural Affairs Research Fellowship and a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. She has also received institutional funding to support research at the American Center of Research in Amman, Jordan and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. Erin is also an active field archaeologist, working in Israel and Jordan. Since 2009, she and her husband, Dr. Robert Darby, have co-directed the Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan.
Dr. Guy Darshan is a faculty member in the department of Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University. He holds a Ph.D. 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 [Hebrew].
Prof. David M. Goldenberg (retired) taught Bible and Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cape Town, and Dropsie College, where he served as Dean and President in the 1980s. He served as the Editor of The Jewish Quarterly Review from 1982 to 2003. He holds a Ph.D. from Dropsie College in Post-Biblical Literature, with a dissertation titled, Halakhah in Josephus and in Tannaitic Literature: A Comparative Study. Goldenberg is the author of The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton, 2003) and Black and Slave: The Origins and History of the Curse of Ham (De Gruyter, 2017).
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.
Prof. John Day is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies in the University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow & Tutor in Theology & Religion, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He holds two doctorates, a Ph.D. from Cambridge and a D.D. from Oxford, and has written or edited 17 books, almost 80 articles and about 200 book reviews. In 2014 he was President of the Society for Old Testament Study. In his earlier years his work centered mostly on Canaanite religion and the Hebrew Bible, his middle years were much taken up with editing volumes on a wide variety of biblical topics, while most recently his work has concentrated on Genesis 1–11. This has resulted in the volumes From Creation to Babel: Studies in Genesis 1–11 (2013) and From Creation to Abraham: Further Studies in Genesis 1–11 (2021), which together contain a total of 22 essays. These volumes are both spin-offs from his ongoing work on the forthcoming ICC commentary on Genesis 1–11.
Prof. 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.
Dr. Avi Dentelski holds a Ph.D. in Bible studies from Ariel University, where he also 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.
Prof. 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 Medieval 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.
Prof. 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).
Prof. Shawna Dolansky is Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities 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).
Prof. Jennie Ebeling is Associate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Evansville. She earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis on Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Arizona. A former Fulbright scholar, she has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lady Davis Trust to support research in Israel and Jordan and was appointed Annual Professor of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem in 2015–16. Ebeling co-directed the Jezreel Expedition in Israel with Norma Franklin 2012–2018 and is the ground stone artifact specialist for numerous archaeological projects in Israel. She also produced several films based on her ethnographic research of traditional bread ovens in Jordan; one is on permanent display in the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Ebeling currently edits ASOR's Archaeological Report Series and has co-edited four volumes. She is the author of Women's Lives in Biblical Times (T&T Clark Int’l, 2010).
Prof. Diana V. Edelman is Professor (emerita) of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies in the University of Oslo's Department of Theology. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago. Edelman is the author of The Origins of the ‘Second’ Temple: Persian Imperial Policies and the Rebuilding of Jerusalem (Equinox, 2005) and King Saul in the Historiography of Judah (JSOT, 1991), as well as co-author, editor, and co-editor of many more.
Dr. Cynthia Edenburg taught at the Open University of Israel and Tel Aviv University. She received her Ph.D. in biblical studies from Tel Aviv University. Many of Edenburg’s publications focus on Deuteronomy, biblical historiography, and exegetical method. She is currently preparing a commentary on the Book of Joshua.
Dr. Shlomi Efrati is a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC funded project ‘TEXTEVOLVE’ for the study of Targum at KU Leuven. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the department of Talmud and Halakhah in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019, he joined the Scripta Qumranica Electronica project at the University of Haifa as a postdoctoral research associate, participating in the preparation of a new edition of the Qumran wisdom composition Instruction. Since 2021 he has taken part in the preparation of a new edition of the Aramaic writings from Qumran, directed by Prof. Elisha Qimron. He collaborated with Prof. Michael Stone in the publication of an early Armenian Commentary on Genesis: The Genesis Commentary by Step‘anos of Siwnik‘ (DUB.) [CSCO 695, Scriptores Armeniaci 32], Louvain: Peeters, 2021).
Prof. Carl S. Ehrlich (Ph.D. Harvard ’91) is University Professor of History and Humanities and former Director of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto. Among his more recent publications are the (co-)edited collections From an Antique Land: An Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Literature (2009), Purity, Holiness, and Identity in Judaism and Christianity: Essays in Memory of Susan Haber (2013), and Israel and the Diaspora: Jewish Connectivity in a Changing World (2022).
Prof. Raanan Eichler is an Associate Professor 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 the author of The Ark and the Cherubim (Mohr Siebeck, 2021) and many academic articles.
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.
Prof. Robert Eisen is professor of Religion and Judaic Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Brandeis University, and is the co-editor (with Charles Manekin) of Philosophers and the Jewish Bible. Eisen is the author of, Gersonides on Providence, Covenant, and the Chosen People (1995); The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (2004); The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism (2011); and Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War (2017). He is also active as a consultant on issues of religion and international conflict, working to improve relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
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.
Prof. Peter Enns is the Abram A. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University in Philadelphia. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He speaks actively in academic and ecclesiastical venues on topics pertaining the Bible and Christian faith, and he has written or edited over a dozen books and many articles and essays on the Bible and the ancient Near East, biblical theology, wisdom literature, Second Temple Judaism, the New Testament, and the intersection of biblical studies and contemporary Christian faith.
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. Tzilla Eshel is a lecturer at Haifa University's Zinman Institute of Archaeology, where she completed her M.A. (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. Her dissertation deals with the provenance of silver hoards from the Bronze and Iron Ages, and she has authored several articles dealing with the ancient use of silver.
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.
Prof. Esias E. Meyer is an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria in the Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures. He holds a D.Th. in Old Testament Studies from Stellenbosch University. He started lecturing at UP in 2010, and before that he was a minister in a reformed congregation near Cape Town. His research is focused on Leviticus and the Pentateuch. He is the author of The Jubilee in Leviticus 25: A Theological Ethical Interpretation from a South African Perspective (2005).
Prof. Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is The Effie Wise Ochs Professor Emerita of Biblical Literature and History 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.
Prof. Rebecca K. Esterson is the Dean of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies and the chair of the Department of Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation at the Graduate Theological Union, where she teaches courses on the history of biblical interpretation and the history of Jewish-Christian relations. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University, and her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School. Esterson’s book Jewish Allegory in Eighteenth-Century Christian Imagination (Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2023) explores the how the relationship between self and other figured in the discourse about biblical literalism and biblical allegory in early modernity.
Prof. 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 the Senior Editor of TheTorah.com, and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute's Kogod Center. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Jewish Religious Cultures and Hebrew Bible, an M.A. from Hebrew University in Jewish History (biblical period), as well as 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.
Prof. 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 most recent book, Purity and Pollution in the Hebrew Bible: From Embodied Experience to Moral Metaphor (Cambridge University Press, 2021), examines the psychological foundations of impurity in ancient Israel.
Nurit Feig is a senior archaeologist, researcher, and excavator at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), where she has worked since 1980. Previously she was the director of their archive, and led its digitalization project. Feig holds an M.A. in archaeology from Tel Aviv University, where she is also a Ph.D. candidate. She has directed more than 50 salvage excavations, among them the Third Wall and Khirbet er-Ras (Rephaim Valley) at Jerusalem, as well as Tel Afula, Akko and Tel Agol in the North. Among Feig’s articles are “New Discoveries in the Rephaim Valley, Jerusalem” (PEQ 1996); “The Environs of Jerusalem in the Iron Age II (2000); “Excavations at Beith Safafa” (Atiqot 2004), and “Tel ‘Amal – An Iron Age II Settlement in the Beth-Shean Valley” (2013).
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. Yonatan Feintuch teaches Talmud and Rabbinics at Bar Ilan University and Herzog College, and specializes in talmudic narratives. He holds a PhD in Talmud from Bar Ilan University.
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. Ruth Fidler is a senior lecturer in the department of Biblical Studies at Gordon Academic College of Education, Haifa. She holds an M.A. from the University of Manchester, UK and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; co-author (with Prof. Ze’ev Weisman) and academic developer in the Open University course מבוא למקרא [Introduction to the Bible]; author of ‘Dreams Speak Falsely’? Dream Theophanies in the Bible: Their Place in Ancient Israelite Faith and Traditions (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2005) [Hebrew].
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).
Prof. Steven Fine is a cultural historian, specializing in Jewish history in the Greco-Roman period. He focuses upon the literature, art and archaeology of ancient Judaism—and the ways that modern scholars have interpreted Jewish antiquity. His most recent book is The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel (Harvard UP, 2016). Fine is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, director of the YU Center for Israel Studies, the Arch of Titus Project and the YU Samaritan Israelites Project.
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.
Prof. 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).
Prof. Rabbi Reuven Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he earned his M.A. and his rabbinic ordination, while his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies is from New York University. Firestone is the author of Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis (SUNY, 1990), Jihad. The Origin of Holy War in Islam (Oxford, 1999), Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims (Ktav, 2001), Trialogue: Jews, Christians, Muslims in Dialogue: A Practical Handbook (Twenty-Third Publications, 2007), Who are the Real Chosen People? The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Skylight Paths, 2008), An Introduction to Islam for Jews (JPS, 2008), Learned Ignorance: An Investigation into Humility in Interreligious Dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews (Oxford , 2011), Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea (Oxford, 2012).
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, and Links to Our Legacy: Insights into Hebrew, History, and Liturgy, and Words for the Wise: Sixty-Two Insights on Hebrew, Holidays, History and Liturgy. His website is www.rootsandrituals.org.
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.
Prof. 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).
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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).
Prof. 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.
Prof. Steven Fraade is Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism 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.
Prof. Rabbi David Frankel is Associate Professor of Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where he teaches M.A. and rabbinical students. He did his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Moshe Weinfeld, and is the author or The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School (VTSupp 89) and The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel (Eisenbrauns).
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. Harry Freedman is a British author of popular works of Jewish culture and history. His publications include Reason to Believe: The Controversial Life of Rabbi Louis Jacobs; The Talmud: A Biography (Bloomsbury, 2021); Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul and The Murderous History of Bible Translations. His forthcoming book is Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius. Freedman holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies and a Ph.D. in Targum, both from London University. He lives in London with his wife Karen and has two children, two step-children, and a growing number of grandchildren.
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 Middle East Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic 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, Ezra, a Commentary (Sheffield Academic Press, 2015), Nehemiah: A Commentary (Sheffield Academic Press, 2021), and Ruth a Commentary (Sheffield Academic Press, 2023).
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.
Prof. 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.
Rachel Friedman is the founder and Dean of Lamdeinu, the center for Jewish learning in Teaneck, New Jersey. She served for many years as Associate Dean and Chair of Tanakh Studies at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York City. She holds an M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Friedman has been a scholar-in-residence at synagogues and educational institutions throughout the United States and abroad.
Avram (Avi) Friedman is a Retired Managing Member of Davidson Kempner Capital Management where he co-ran the credit investing areas. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School.
Dr. Alexandria Frisch is Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. She holds a Ph.D. in Second Temple Judaism from New York University, an M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew University. Frisch is the author of The Danielic Discourse on Empire in Second Temple Literature (Brill 2017), which examines empire in Second Temple literature through a postcolonial lens. Her latest article, “The Power of Pain: A Literary Reading of the Wicked Priest’s Death(s) in 1QpHab” appears in the recent festschrift for Prof. Lawrence Schiffman, her doctoral adviser.
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.
Prof. Deirdre Fulton is an associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Baylor University. She holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University (2011) and has published on topics in both Bible and Archaeology. She is the author of Reconsidering Nehemiah’s Judah: The Case of MT and LXX Nehemiah 11-12 (FAT II 80. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015) and editor [with Gary N. Knoppers and Lester Grabbe] of Exile and Restoration Revisited: Essays in Memory of Peter R. Ackroyd (T & T Clark Continuum, 2009). Fulton has also written several articles in the area of zooarchaeology and has been part of the Leon Levy Excavations to Ashkelon (2008-2016), the Jezreel Valley Regional Project (2011-2015), the Ramat Rahel Excavations (2012-2014), and the Tel Shimron Excavations (2017-present). She has also analyzed faunal remains from several other sites including Al Qisha (Yemen), the Carthage Tophet (Tunisia), and San Giuliano (Italy). Fulton is currently working on a book-length treatment with Paula Hesse on the Persian and Early Hellenistic period dog burials at Ashkelon, Israel.
Prof. Uri Gabbay is Associate Professor of Assyriology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Department of Archaeology. 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.
Prof. Rev. Wil Gafney is The Right. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Duke University and is an ordained Episcopal priest. Gafney is a womanist Bible scholar, and the author of A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church (vols. A and W, 2021); Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and of the Throne, (Westminster/John Knox, 2017); Nahum, Habakkuk and, Zephaniah (Wisdom Commentary, 2017) and Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel (Fortress Press, 2007). For more on Gafney and her work, see her website, wilgafney.com.
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. Abdulla Galadari is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Khalifa University of Science & Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Arabic & Islamic Studies from the University of Aberdeen. His research focuses on scriptural hermeneutics focusing on the intertextuality between the Qur’an and biblical, rabbinic, and extra-biblical literature. He is the author of Qur’anic Hermeneutics: Between Science, History, and the Bible (2018).
Dr. Tova Ganzel is a Senior Lecturer at the Multidisciplinary Department of Jewish Studies at the Bar-Ilan University and Head of the Cramim Jewish Studies Honors Program. She was the director of the Midrasha – Institute for Advanced Torah Studies at Bar-Ilan University and is a certified women’s halakhic advisor (yo’etzet halakha). She holds a Ph.D. in Bible from Bar-Ilan and is a renowned figure in the world of Jewish education for women. Her most recent publications include The Believer and the Modern Study of the Bible (2019), Contextualizing Jewish Temples (2020), Ezekiel: From Destruction to Restoration (2020), and Ezekiel’s Visionary Temple in Babylonian Context (2021). Her research focuses on: prophetic literature; ancient Near Eastern temples and second temple texts; the Jewish reception of biblical criticism from the eighteenth century to the present; and women as Halakhic Professionals.
Prof. 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. Kristine Henrikson Garroway is Associate Professor of Hebrew 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.
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.
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.
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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).
Dr. Stephen Germany is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Basel, where he is a member of the research project “Transforming Memories of Collective Violence in the Hebrew Bible,” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He holds a Master of Theologies Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Emory University and is the author of The Exodus-Conquest Narrative: The Composition of the Non-Priestly Narratives in Exodus–Joshua (Mohr Siebeck, 2017).
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, z”l, was Rabbi Emeritus of the Elmont Jewish Center and 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. Naama Golan is a Lecturer in the Department of Biblical Studies, Kibbutzim College of Education and Herzog College. She received her Ph.D. in Bible from Bar Ilan University, where she wrote on The Daniel Narratives: A Literary Analysis of Daniel 1-6. She has published a number of articles on Daniel, including "Metal and Stone: An Analogy between the Story of David and Goliath and the Story of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream" (ZAW 2019), and "The Surprise and the Role reversal in the Lion's-Den Narrative" (Beit Mikra 2019).
Dr. Shira Golani teaches at the Department of Biblical Studies at Gordon Academic College (Haifa) and is a visiting researcher at the Hebrew University Bible Project (Jerusalem). Her Ph.D. is from the Hebrew University. Among her articles are “Three Oppressors and Four Saviors – The Three-Four Pattern and the List of Saviors in I Sam 12,9-11,” ZAW 127 (2015), 294-303, and “Swords that are Ploughshares: Another Case of (Bilingual) Wordplay in Biblical Prophecy?,” Biblica 98.3 (2017), 425-434.
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.
Prof. Ronnie Goldstein is an Associate Professor at the Department of Bible in the Hebrew University, where he received his Ph.D. in biblical studies. His research focuses mainly on the interpretation of biblical literature and its historical context, and the cultural interactions between Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern literature. Goldstein is one of the editors-in-chief of the academic journal Tarbiz, and is the author of, The Life of Jeremiah: Traditions about the Prophet and Their Evolution in Biblical Times (2013). He is currently working on a commentary to First Isaiah for the Mikra LeYisrael series.
Prof. Rabbi David Golinkin is the President of The Schechter Institutes, Inc., Jerusalem; President Emeritus of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies; and a Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute. He is the author or editor of over 60 books and over 200 articles.
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?”
Prof. Martin Goodman is Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, and Supernumerary Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He holds M.A., D.Phil. and D.Litt. degrees from the University of Oxford and an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Southampton. Goodman is a Fellow of the British Academy, and has written widely on both Jewish and Roman history. His books include The Ruling Class of Judaea: The Origins of the Jewish Revolt against Rome, A.D. 66-70 (1987), Mission and Conversion: Proselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire (1994), Judaism in The Roman World (2007), Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations (2007), A History of Judaism (2017) and Josephus’s The Jewish War: A Biography (2019). He was the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (2002), which was awarded a National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship.
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.
Prof. Rabbi Arthur Green was the founding dean and is currently rector of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought. He holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and Rabbinical Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Green is author, editor, and translator of over twenty books, among which are Tormented Master: A Life of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav and Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism (Jewish Lights, 2013), The Light of the Eyes by R. Menaḥem Naḥum of Chernobyl (Stanford, 2021), and Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love (Yale, 2020), winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
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.
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Edward L. Greenstein is Professor Emeritus of Bible at Bar-Ilan University. He received the EMET Prize (“Israel’s Nobel”) in Humanities-Biblical Studies for 2020, and his book, Job: A New Translation (Yale University Press, 2019), won the acclaim of the American Library Association, the Association for Jewish Studies, and many others. He has been writing a commentary on Lamentations for the Jewish Publication Society.
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.
Prof. Andrew D. Gross is an associate professor in the department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University in 2006, and is the author of Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition (Brill, 2008) and (with Lawrence H. Schiffman) The Temple Scroll: 11Q19, 11Q20, 11Q21, 4Q524, 5Q21 with 4Q365a (Brill, 2021).
Rabbi Eric Grossman is Head of School at Akiva School in Montreal, Quebec. He is the author of numerous articles on Bible and Bible education, as well as a grammar of biblical Hebrew.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme is professor of Hebrew Bible Studies at the University of Oslo. She is the author of Before the God in this Place for Good Remembrance (De Gruyter, 2013) on the dedicatory inscriptions from the YHWH sanctuary on Mount Gerizim, and she is working on a book on hospitality in the Hebrew Bible. Gudme has written several articles and book chapters on ritual, food, materiality, and the senses in the Hebrew Bible and in the Iron Age Southern Levant, and she is the convener of the digital lecture series “Ancient Attraction” (2020), “Ancient Attire” (2022), and “Ancient Adornment” (2024).
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.
Prof. Malachi Haim Hacohen is Professor of History, Jewish Studies, German Studies, and Religion at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his research interests focus on Central Europe and include social theory, political philosophy, and rabbinic culture. His Karl Popper - The Formative Years, 1902-1945: Politics and Philosophy in Interwar Vienna (Cambridge, 2000) won the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the AHA and Austria's Victor Adler State Prize. His Jacob & Esau: Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire (Cambridge, 2019) won the Center for Austrian Studies' Biannual Book Prize. He has published on the European Jewish intelligentsia, Cold War liberalism, and cosmopolitanism and Jewish identity in leading professional journals. He was a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Humanities Center, and the IFK in Vienna. He was Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University in the Summer Semester of 2023.
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.
Prof. Rabbi Robert Harris is 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).
Dr. Eric J. Harvey is a current Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and a recent Postdoctoral Fellow of Digital Humanities at Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis. University. He writes on material factors in the transmission of Hebrew Psalms and on blindness across the ancient Near East. He also maintains a blog on blindness, academia, and Bible at www.blindscholar.com.
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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 memory of Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum, in Jerusalem, an advanced Halacha study program for rabbinic ordination, 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 received his ordination from Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein at Yeshiva Har Etzion.
Prof. 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).
Dr. Rabbi Shai Held is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at the Hadar Institute. He holds a Ph.D in Religion from Harvard University and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (Indiana University Press, 2013), and his two volume collection of divrei Torah called The Heart of Torah (JPS 2017). In 2011, Held was a recipient of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education.
Prof. Ronald Hendel is the Norma and Sam Dabby Professor Emeritus 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 The Book of Genesis: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013). He is a general editor of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition, a text-critical project sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature.
Prof. Meghan Henning is the Associate Professor of Christian Origins at the University of Dayton. She holds a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University. Henning is the author of Educating Early Christians through the Rhetoric of Hell (Mohr Siebeck) on the pedagogical function of Hell and Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christianity (Yale), which examines hell through the lenses of gender and disability studies. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the Jacob K. Javits foundation, the Society of Biblical Literature, Yale Divinity School, and Emory University and has appeared in a documentary for the National Geographic Channel and on CNN.
Prof. Matthias Henze is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at Rice University. He holds a M.Div. in Protestant Theology from the University of Heidelberg and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism from Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He is the director of Rice's Jewish Studies program, which he founded, and has won multiple prizes for teaching excellence. Henze is the author of a number of books such as, Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus (Fortress 2017) and Jewish Apocalypticism in Late First Century Israel: Reading Second Baruch in Context (Mohr Siebeck, 2011), and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha.
Prof. Geoffrey Herman holds the Chair of Ancient Judaism and Rabbinic Literature in the Department of Religious Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL in Paris. 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 an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at York University and a core member of The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Religious Studies. He coedited Accounting for the Commandments in Medieval Judaism (2020) and has published in the Jewish Quarterly Review, Jewish History, and the Journal of the American Oriental Society, among other venues.
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.
Dr. Rabbi Michael C. Hilton is Senior Lecturer at Leo Baeck College, London; Scholar in Residence at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London; and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the author of The Gospels and Rabbinic Judaism: A Study Guide (with Father Gordian Marshall OP); of The Christian Effect on Jewish Life; and of Bar Mitzvah: A History.
Prof. Martha Himmelfarb is the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion emerita at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Her most recent book is Jewish Messiahs in a Christian Empire: A History of the Book of Zerubbabel (2017). Other books include A Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism (2006) and The Apocalypse: A Brief History (2010).
Dr. Rabbi Avital Hochstein is President of Hadar Israel, a research fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute and a former Rosh Kollel at the Pardes Institute, all institutions at which she also teaches, primarily Talmud. She holds a Ph.D. in Talmud and Gender Studies from Bar-Ilan University, and received ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes, as well as from the Beit Midrash Le'Rabanut Yisraelit. She is co-author of The Place of Women in Midrash (Yedioth Ahronoth 2008). She published a weekly online Parashat HaShavua and is a founder of Kehilat Shirah Hadashah in Jerusalem.
Prof. Yair Hoffman, z”l, was Professor at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Bible, where he chaired the department. He was the head of the Chaim Rosenberg School for Jewish Studies and also the Chairman of the Bible Department at Seminar Hakibuzim College. Hoffman received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University, was the author of The Doctrine of the Exodus, A Blemished Perfection: The Book of Job in Context, and Jeremiah, A Commentary vol. 1-2, and was the editor of the journal, Beit Mikra.
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.
Prof. 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.
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.
Prof. Shalom E. Holtz is 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) and Praying Legally (Brown Judaic Studies, 2019).
Prof. Michael M. Homan, z”l, was Professor of Theology at Xavier University of Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Ancient History with a focus on Hebrew Bible from UC San Diego. Homan authored To Your Tents, O Israel! , which won the Frank Moore Cross Publications award, and co-authored The Bible for Dummies and The Nine Commandments.
Prof. Wayne Horowitz is Professor of Assyriology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. under the direction of W.G. Lambert at the University of Birmingham, England, which was published as the monograph Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography. He writes extensively on Ancient Near Eastern Science, Literature and Religion, with an emphasis on the Heavens and Astronomy and is co-editor of several books, including, Cuneiform in Canaan (2007 [updated 2018]), Writing Science before the Greeks (2011), Living the Lunar Calendar (2012), Between Text and Text (2013), A Woman of Valor (2014, Westenholtz FS); and The Cuneiform Uranology Texts: Drawing the Constellations (2018).
Dr. Brandon Hurlbert is a lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Durham University, where he received his PhD. He is a research associate at the Centre for the Study of the Bible and Violence and a co-host on the Two Cities Podcast. He has published essays on biblical violence, hermeneutics, and the Bible and film, most recently: “Taking the Absurdity Seriously: Questioning the Complicity of YHWH in Judges 20–21,” in Violent Biblical Texts: New Approaches, edited by Helen Paynter and Trevor Laurence (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2022).
Prof. Jeremy Hutton is Professor of Classical Hebrew Language and Biblical Literature in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He is the author of The Transjordanian Palimpsest: The Overwritten Texts of Personal Exile and Transformation in the Deuteronomistic History (2009) and co-author (with C. L. Crouch) of Translating Empire: Tell Fekheriyeh, Deuteronomy, and the Akkadian Treaty Tradition (2019), as well as the author or co-author of dozens of articles. He is currently working on projects in several sub-fields of Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics, including the composition and reception history of the book of Samuel; translation in antiquity; Palmyrene Aramaic epigraphy; the roles of priests and Levites in Iron Age Israel; and cognitive linguistic approaches to Hebrew semantics.
Dr. Ronit Irshai is a Senior Lecturer in the Gender Studies Program, and Chair of the Department, at Bar Ilan University and is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute's Kogod Center. Irshai holds a Ph.D. in Gender Studies and Jewish Philosophy from Bar Ilan University. She is the author of Fertility and Jewish Law: Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature (Brandeis 2012) and “Woman” or “Eve”? Abortion in the Orthodox Halakhic Discourse of the 20th Century (Magnes, 2022 [Hebrew]), and co-editor (with Dov Schwartz) of New Spirit in the Palace of Torah - Jubilee Volume in Honor of Professor Tamar Ross (2018 [Hebrew]).
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. Sandra Jacobs was awarded her doctorate on physical disfigurement and corporal punishment in ancient Hebrew and cuneiform legal sources in 2010, supervised by Bernard Jackson, at the University of Manchester. Her research was published as The Body as Property: Physical Disfigurement in Biblical Law (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2014 repr. in 2015). From 2010-2016 she worked as Book Review Editor for Strata: The Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society. During 2016-2019 she worked on the Leverhulme International Network project, Dispersed Qumran Cave Artefacts and Archives, at King’s College, London, where she is currently a Visiting Research Fellow. She continues also to teach at Leo Baeck College, London.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs is president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Before that he spent 20 years as the spiritual leader of Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) in Scarsdale, New York, and earlier, as the rabbi of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, where he created the first homeless shelter in a New York City synagogue. Jacobs was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he also earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature, and has studied for two decades at Jerusalem's Shalom Hartman Institute, where he is a senior rabbinic fellow. One of Jacobs’ current foci is as an advocate for an Israel that is secure, Jewish, democratic, and pluralistic, with a vibrant Reform Jewish community.
Dr. Elaine T. James is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her research interests are in biblical Hebrew poetry, the idea of art in the ancient world, and hermeneutical issues of land and gender. She is the author of Landscapes of the Song of Songs: Poetry and Place (Oxford University Press, 2017), and co-editor of Biblical Poetry and the Art of Close Reading with J. Blake Couey (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and is currently completing a handbook on Biblical poetry for Oxford University Press. She holds the Ph.D. in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary.
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.”
Prof. 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).
Dr. Jaeyoung Jeon is SNSF Senior Researcher at the University of Lausanne's Swiss-French Institute for Biblical Studies. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Tel-Aviv University and an M.A. from Hebrew University’s Rothberg School. Jeon has conducted multiple projects funded by Swiss National Science Foundation and Korean Research Foundation. He is the co-editor (with Louis Jonker) of Chronicles and the Priestly Literature of the Hebrew Bible (De Gruyter, forthcoming) and the author of, The Call of Moses and the Exodus Story: A Redactional-Critical Study in Exodus 3-4 and 5-13 (Mohr Siebeck, 2013); From the Reed Sea to Kadesh: A Redaction-Critical and Socio-Historical Study of the Pentateuchal Wilderness Narrative (Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming); and Social Groups behind the Pentateuch (SBL, forthcoming).
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.
Prof. Dan’el Kahn is Professor of Bible and Ancient Near East in the University of Haifa's Department of Biblical Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology and the History of Israel from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he focused on Egypt's 25th dynasty. He is the co-editor of Treasures on Camels' Humps (Magnes 2008); Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature (Brill, 2009); The Ancient Near East in the 12th-10th Centuries BCE (Ugarit Verlag, 2012), and the author of Sennacherib's Campaign Against Judah: A Source Analysis of Isaiah 36–37 (Cambridge, 2020).
Prof. 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.
Prof. Joel Kaminsky is the Morningstar Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Religion at Smith 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.
Dr. Hayah Katz is a Senior Lecturer of Iron Age Archaeology at the Department of Land of Israel Studies in Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. She holds an M.A. in archaeology from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in archaeology from Bar-Ilan University. Her research focus is the history of archaeological research in the Land of Israel from the 1920s until modern times. In a desire to develop this field she founded a Chair named after Zev Vilnay in the Department of the Land of Israel Studies. In addition, she is director of the Meron Ridges Project and the Tel Rosh excavations, focusing on a comprehensive study of settlement processes in the Upper Galilee region during the first millennium B.C.E.
Prof. 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. 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.
Dr. Menachem Katz is Academic Director of the Friedberg Manuscripts Project in Jerusalem. He also lectures at the Open University of Israel and at the Graduate School of Givat Washington College. Dr. Katz spends much of his time poring over handwritten fragments from around the world and has published widely on the Jerusalem Talmud, Aggadic literature, as well as in the field of Digital Humanities. His latest book, A Critical Edition and a Short Explanation of Talmud Yerusalmi’s Tractate Qiddushin, was published by last year (Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi & Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem 2016).
Prof. Robert S. Kawashima is an associate professor at the University of Florida, in the Department of Religion and the Center for Jewish Studies. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author most notably of Biblical Narrative and the Death of the Rhapsode (2004) and The Archaeology of Ancient Israelite Knowledge (2022), both published with Indiana University Press.
Prof. 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. Joseph Ryan Kelly is the Teacher Licensure Coordinator in Educational Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.Div. from Harding School of Theology. He has written several articles and is now working on a monograph that examines the relationship between ethical norms, concepts of justice, and gods in ancient Mesopotamia and Greece and compares it to the same in the Hebrew Bible.
Prof. Meira Z. Kensky is currently the Joseph E. McCabe Associate Professor of Religion at Coe College. Kensky received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (New Testament) from the University of Chicago. Her first book was Trying Man, Trying God: The Divine Courtroom in Early Jewish and Christian Literature (Mohr Siebeck 2010). Currently, she is working on her second book, an examination of the figure of Timothy in Early Christian literature, and a book on the Apocalypse of Peter and Early Christian tours of Hell. She currently serves on the Society of Biblical Literature's Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, and on editorial boards for SBL Press and E. J. Brill.
Prof. Geoffrey Khan is the Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge. He holds a Ph.D from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, as well as honorary doctorates from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Uppsala. Khan is a Fellow of the British Academy Search Results, an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of the Hebrew Language, and an Honorary Member of the American Oriental Society. Among his many publications are The Early Karaite Tradition of Hebrew Grammatical Thought, Exegesis and Grammar in Medieval Karaite Texts, the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (editor), A Short Introduction to the Tiberian Masoretic Bible and Its Reading Tradition, and The Tiberian Pronunciation Tradition of Biblical Hebrew (2 vols.).
Dr. Rabbi Yishai Kiel is a scholar of Jewish law and religion in the ancient and early medieval periods. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of the Jewish tradition with Zoroastrian, Christian, Islamic, and Manichean traditions in the Sasanian and early Islamicate Near East. He also works on the Iranian and Persian context of the post-exilic strata of the Hebrew Bible. Kiel completed two Ph.D. degrees at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one in Rabbinics and Iranian Studies (2011) and one in law (2020; LL.D./J.S.D. equivalent). He received his rabbinical ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He served as a lecturer in the Religious Studies Department and Directed Studies Program (Historical and Political Thought) at Yale University and in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; he was also a Blaustein postdoctoral associate at Yale’s Program in Judaic Studies; a Harry Starr fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University; a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard, and a Cheshin fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Kiel is the author of Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud: Christian and Sasanian Contexts in Late Antiquity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Prof. Hyun Chul Paul Kim is Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Williams Chair of Biblical Studies at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He holds a Th.M and M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of Ambiguity, Tension, and Multiplicity in Deutero-Isaiah (2003), You Are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature (2010, with Louis Stulman); and Reading Isaiah: A Literary and Theological Commentary (2016). He is also the co-editor of several books: Literary Encounters with the Reign of God: Robert C. Tannehill Festschrift (2004); The Desert Will Bloom: Poetic Visions in Isaiah (2009); Formation and Intertextuality in Isaiah 24-27 (2013), Concerning the Nations: Essays on the Oracles against the Nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel (2015), and Second Wave Intertextuality and the Hebrew Bible (2019).
Prof. Rabbi Reuven Kimelman is Professor of Classical Judaica at Brandeis University and rabbi of Beth Abraham Sephardic Congregation of New England, Brookline, MA. 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 forthcoming The Rhetoric of the Jewish Liturgy: A Historical and Literary Commentary on the Prayer Book. His audio course books are The Hidden Poetry of the Jewish Prayer Book and The Moral Meaning of the Bible.
Rabbi Daniel Kirzane serves as the associate rabbi of Oak Park Temple in Oak Park, IL. He earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters and an M.A. in Religious Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained in 2014. He is currently continuing his studies as an M.A. student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the chair of the Alumni Leadership Council of HUC-JIR, where he serves as a member of the Board of Governors. Additional information and publications can be found at danielkirzane.com.
Prof. Itamar Kislev is professor 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.
Dr. Assaf Kleiman is a senior lecturer at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a senior staff member of the Megiddo Expedition. His main research interests and scope of publications are the settlement history, material culture, and inter-regional contacts of complex communities across the Iron Age Levant.
Dr. Sabine Kleiman is a Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures. She holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures, and an M.A. in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible, both from Tel Aviv University, and a Dipl. Theology from the University of Heidelberg. Kleiman is currently working on her Habilitation at the University of Tübingen's Department of Old Testament Studies, dealing with the topic of David's Rise, and she is a Field Director at “The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.”
Prof. 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 the chairman 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.
Prof. 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. Ariel Kopilovitz is a Fulbright fellow in the University of Chicago Divinity School, and next year, will be a Kreitman fellow in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has published articles in in Tarbiz and Shnaton. His book on Ezekiel’s restoration program is forthcoming (Gorgias Press).
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.
Prof. Reinhard G. Kratz is Professor in the Faculty of Theology at Georg-August-University Göttingen (Germany). He holds a Th.D. and and Habilitation (venia legendi) for Old Testament/Hebrew Bible 1990 from Zürich University. He is the author of The Composition of the Narrative Books of the Old Testament (2005), The Prophets of Israel (2015), and Historical & Biblical Israel: The History, Tradition, and Archives of Israel and Judah (2015). He has been a member of the Academy for Sciences and Humanities Göttingen since 1999, and he was Principal Investigator in the German-Israeli cooperation project Scripta Qumranica Electronica (published on the IAA web-site), and is the director of the two long-term projects Editio critica maior of the Greek Psalter and Qumran Digital: Text and Lexicon at the Göttingen Academy. For further information see his faculty page, and see here for a full bibliography of his publications.
Prof. Haim (Howard) Kreisel is professor emeritus in the Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 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.
Prof. James Kugel was the Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University for 21 years before moving to Israel in 2003, where he is now Professor (Emeritus) of Bible at Bar Ilan University. He is the author of some 17 books and nearly 90 scholarly articles on various topics in Hebrew Bible.
Dr. Gili Kugler is a Senior Lecturer of Biblical Studies in the University of Haifa. Until recently she was a lecturer in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and teaches and writes about topics such as chosenness in biblical theology, religion and politics in prophecy, and biblical narratives and mythology in light of modern psychology. She is the author of several articles as well as the book When God Wanted to Destroy the Chosen People: Biblical Traditions and Theology on the Move (De Gruyter, 2019).
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. Rabbi Joshua Kulp is a Senior Scholar at the Conservative Yeshiva. He is the co-author of The Schechter Haggadah and Reconstructing the Talmud Volume 1 and Volume 2. He received his Ph.D. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University and his semicha from the Hadar Institute.
Prof. Joseph Lam is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible: Metaphor, Culture, and the Making of a Religious Concept (Oxford University Press, 2016) as well as a number of scholarly articles in the fields of Hebrew Bible and Ugaritic studies. His research interests include ritual and cult in the ancient Near East, metaphor in religious language, and the philological study of Hebrew and other Semitic languages.
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 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. Landes was formerly director of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Education and is the author of the Jewish Law commentary in the multi-volume series, My People's Prayer Book.
Dr. Yael Landman is Assistant Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD from Yeshiva University, and is the author of Legal Writing, Legal Practice: The Biblical Bailment Law and Divine Justice (Brown Judaic Studies, 2022).
Prof. 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).
Dr. Dafna Langgut is the Head of the Laboratory of Archaeobotany and Ancient Environments and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. She holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Haifa University. Langgut specializes in the study of past vegetation and climate based on the identification of botanical remains, which allows her to consider the past relationship between humans and the environment, e.g. human dispersal out of Africa and the beginning of cultivation. Her research also involves the identification of micro-botanical remains (mainly pollen) and macro-botanical remains (wood-charcaol remains) from archaeological contexts, which allows her to address questions related to agricultural practices, diet, plant usage, social stratification, plant migration, ancient gardens and wooden implements. Langgut is also the curator of pollen and archaeobotanical collections at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University.
Prof. 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..
Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz is the Rabbi of Adat Shalom, in Los Angeles, California. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, received his rabbinical ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, and is now pursuing his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in Religion with a concentration in Critical Comparative Scriptures. Merging his two passions of Torah and filmmaking, Lebovitz has produced two documentary films: "Roadmap Genesis" (2015) and “Roadmap Jerusalem” (2018).
Dr. Richard Lederman taught 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 Literature from Dropsie College. Before returning to academia, Lederman worked as a Jewish communal professional. He blogs at thereligioushumanist.com and spiritunboundsandr.blogspot.com.
Dr. Marjorie Lehman recently co-edited Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues (28, 2015) in honor of Judith Hauptman, a volume focused on writing feminist commentary on the Babylonian Talmud. Dr. Lehman is writing a feminist commentary on Massekhet Yoma. She has also just completed co-editing two books, one with Jane Kanarek and the other with Simon Bronner and Jane Kanarek, Learning to Read Talmud: What it Looks Like and How It Happens (Academic Studies Press) and Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination (Littman Press). Developed along with Michelle Chesner, Adam Shear, and Josh Teplitsky, their cutting-edge digital humanities project, Footprints, tracks the movement of copies of Jewish books through time and space and promises to change the way research is done on the history of Jewish books. Her first book, The En Yaaqov: Jacob Ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus was published by Wayne State University Press (2012).
Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Religious Studies Department at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA). She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from New York University's Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies (2014), and is the author of The House of David: Between Political Formation and Literary Revision (Fortress Press, 2016), and co-author of The Book of Ruth (Wisdom Commentary Series, Liturgical Press, 2017). She is currently working on a project on entanglements of identity in the Iron Age Shephelah.
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.
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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 (2016), and a biography of the Manchester-raised author-translator Maurice Samuel (forthcoming).
Prof. 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).
Prof. Yigal Levin is associate professor at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University. He received his Ph.D. in Land of Israel Studies from Bar Ilan University. Specializing in historical geography and in biblical genealogies, Levin is the author of The Chronicles of the Kings of Judah: 2 Chronicles 10-36 and co-editor of War and Peace in Jewish Tradition from Biblical Times to the Present.
Prof. Christoph Levin is Professor (Emeritus) of Old Testament at the University of Munich. He received his Ph.D. and Dr.habil. from Goettingen university, as well as a honorary degree from Helsinki university. Two of his books have been translated into English, Re-reading the Scriptures: Essays on the Literary History of the Old Testament (2015), The Old Testament: A Brief Introduction (2005). In addition, he is the author of Entwurf einer Geschichte Israels (2017), Verheißung und Rechtfertiung (2013), Der Jahwist (1993), Verheißung des neuen Bundes (1985), Der Sturz der Königin Atalja (1982). At present he is preparing a commentary on the book of Genesis (HAT-series, Mohr Siebeck publishers). Levin is corresponding member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities as well as of the Academy of Finland. From 2010 to 2013, he was president of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT).
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.
Dr. Ely Levine holds a PhD in biblical studies and archaeology from Harvard University. He has taught at Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Luther College. 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. Currently, Dr. Levine is Scholar-in-Residence and Ritual Coordinator at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.
Prof. Rabbi Baruch A. Levine z"l was 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.
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Program in Jewish Studies. She holds a B.A. from Smith, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke. Her thirty books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; four children’s books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler), and co-author of The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (with Marc Zvi Brettler). In 2019 she became the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Daniel Levine is a rabbi, Jewish educator, and blogger. He currently serves as Senior Jewish Educator at Hillel Foundation of Orange County. You can find his articles at whoknowsoneblog.wordpress.com.
Prof. Bernard M. Levinson holds the Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at the University of Minnesota, with an affiliated appointment to the Law School. He holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His research focuses on biblical and cuneiform law, intertextuality, and the Bible’s relation to Western intellectual history. Levinson is the author of Deuteronomy and the Hermeneutics of Legal Innovation (1997); “The Right Chorale”: Studies in Biblical Law and Interpretation (2008); Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel (2009); and A More Perfect Torah: At the Intersection of Philology and Hermeneutics in Deuteronomy and the Temple Scroll (2013). The interdisciplinary significance of his work has been recognized with appointments to the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Berlin Institute for Advanced Studies, the National Humanities Center, and the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies. He is an elected member of the American Academy for Jewish Research. He will spend academic year academic year 2021–2022 as a Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and as Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summer 2022). For more see http://levinson.umn.edu/.
Prof. B. Barry Levy is Emeritus 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.
Prof. Rabbi Laura Lieber is professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, where she directs the Duke Center for Jewish 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.
Prof. Rabbi Phil Lieberman is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Classical and Mediterranean Studies, and Islamic Studies at Vanderbilt University. He holds an MA in Talmud and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, a DMin from Lipscomb University, and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He served as editor (with Rakefet J. Zalashik) of A Jew's Best Friend: The Image of the Dog throughout Jewish History (Sussex Academic Press, 2013), and The Cambridge History of Judaism, volume 5 (Cambridge University Press, 2021), and is the author of The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2014). Phil also serves the United States Navy Reserve as a chaplain, currently holding the rank of commander. In 2021-2022, he will serve as command chaplain at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.
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.
Prof. Rabbi Marty Lockshin is 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.
Dr. Søren Lorenzen is Research Associate in Hebrew Bible Studies at Bonn University in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Aarhus University and is the author of Spoken into Being: Self and Name(s) in the Hebrew Bible (Mohr Siebeck, 2022).
Prof. Nathan MacDonald is Professor in the Interpretation of the Old Testament at the University of Cambridge and a fellow at St John’s College. He previously taught and researched at St Andrews University and Göttingen University. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Priestly Rule: Polemic and Biblical Interpretation in Ezekiel 44 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015).
Prof. 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.
Prof. Rabbi Shaul Magid is the Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, and the former 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: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, 2013), Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism (Stanford University Press, 2014), Piety and Rebellion: Essays in Hasidism (Academic Studies press, 2019) and The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik's Commentary to the New Testament (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).
Prof. 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. His latest book is, How Did Moses Know He Was a Hebrew?: Reading Bible Stories from Within (Hakodesh Press, 2021).
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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 Associate Professor of Jewish Theology at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. 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, and his most recent publication is American Jewish Thought Since 1934: Writings on Identity, Engagement and Belief, co-edited with David Ellenson (Brandeis 2020).
Dr. Attila Marossy holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament Theology from the Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Vienna, and an M.A. in Hebrew Studies from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where he is Recurring Visiting Instructor at the Department of Assyriology and Hebrew, and the project coordinator of the Faculty’s Wikipedia project called HebraWiki, whose mission is to publish quality articles in Hungarian related to Biblical and Jewish Studies. Marrosy is also a pastor in the Lutheran Church of Hungary. His dissertation is titled, The Anatomy of Separation: Priestly Dichotomies and their Development in the Hebrew Bible (2017).
Dr. Erica Lee Martin is Executive Director and Hebrew Bible Core Faculty at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. She received her PhD from the Graduate Theological Union and MA degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Seattle University. Her publications include "Preaching Against the Text: When the ‘Good Book’ Isn’t," CCCAR Journal – The Reform Jewish Quarterly (2016); "The Christian Bible and the Jews," in Anselm Companion to the Bible (2014); "Noah in the Qur’ān," in After the Deluge: Post-Biblical Traditions of Noah (2010); and "The Rabbinic Knife: How and Why the Rabbis Castrated Noah," in Interpretation, Religion and Culture in Midrash and Beyond, Vol IV (2010).
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. Her website is: www.dalia-marx.com.
Prof. Safwat Marzouk is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. Marzouk is the author of Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel (Mohr Siebeck, 2015) and a number of articles including “Migration in the Joseph Narrative: Integration, Separation, and Transnationalism,” and “Interrogating Identity: A Christian Egyptian Reading of the Hagar-Ishmael Traditions.”
Prof. Steve Mason is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Cultures in the Department of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins in the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His M.A. is from Canada’s McMaster University, his Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. Before moving to Europe, Mason spent most of his career at Toronto’s York University, lately as Canada Research Chair in Greco-Roman Cultural Interaction. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Mason edits Brill’s international series, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, the first full commentary to Josephus’ works, to which he has also contributed three volumes (War 2 and 4 and Life of Josephus). His other books include Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees (1991), Josephus and the New Testament (2003), Josephus, Judaism, and Christianity: Methods and Categories (2009), Orientation to the History of Roman Judaea (2016), A History of the Jewish War, AD 66–74 (2016), and Jews and Christians in the Roman World: From Historical Method to Cases (in press).
Dr. Kevin Mattison is Adjunct Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an M.A. from Brandeis University and is the author of Rewriting and Revision as Amendment in the Laws of Deuteronomy (Mohr Siebeck, 2018). His current book project, Transforming the Torah: Reimagining Israel’s Origins in Ancient Judaism, examines the variety of retellings of the Torah that proliferated in the Second Temple period.
Dr. Daniel O. McClellan is an independent scholar of the Bible. He received his Ph.D. in theology and religion from the University of Exeter and has published articles in journals such as Biblical Interpretation and the Journal of Biblical Literature. His book, YHWH's Divine Images: A Cognitive Approach (2022), was published in SBL Press’s open-access Ancient Near East Monograph Series.
Dr. Rabbi Harvey Meirovich (retired) was Visiting Professor at the Zecharias Frankel (Rabbinical) College, University of Potsdam school of theology (2014-2021). Before that he taught at the Schechter Graduate School, and served a stint as the dean of the Rabbinical School (2000-2005). Before entering academia, he served as a pulpit rabbi in several cities (Toronto, London, Melbourne). Meirovich holds an M.A., D.H.L., and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the author of The Battle for Tolerance and Pluralism (1997), A Vindication of Judaism: The Polemics of the Hertz Pentateuch (1998), and From Catastrophe to Home: Five Voices of the Bible (2019). A scholar of modern biblical interpretation, his current project is on Barukh Halevi Epstein’s Torah Temimah.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Melissa Ramos is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Portland Seminary of George Fox University. Her Ph.D. is from UCLA and M.Phil. from Cambridge University. She is the author of Ritual in Deuteronomy: The Performance of Doom and co-editor of New Perspectives in Ritual in the Biblical World. She is also the co-founder of Religion for Her, a site for women’s interpretive readings of the Bible (www.religionforher.com).
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 the Departments of Comparative Religion and Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 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).
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.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Stuart S. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew, History, and Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he also served as chair of the Hebrew and Judaic Studies Section (“HEJS”) in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and as Academic Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. Miller holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies and History from New York University, and is the author of Studies in the History and Traditions of Sepphoris (Brill, 1984); Sages and Commoners in Late Antique ’Erez Israel: A Philological Inquiry into Local Traditions in Talmud Yerushalmi (Mohr-Siebeck, 2006), and At the Intersection of Texts and Material Finds: Stepped Pools, Stone Vessels, and Ritual Purity among the Jews of Roman Galilee (V&R 2015). He is presently preparing a sequel to his first book on Sepphoris (Tsippori).
Prof. 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 Making a Case: The Practical Roots of Biblical Law; 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.
Dr. Rabbi Adam Mintz is the Director of 929 English, a digital library by over 700 contemporary writers on every chapter of the Tanach. He is also the founder and rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim on the Upper West Side and a member of the Talmud faculty at Maharat. Rabbi Mintz received his Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin ordination at the RIETS in 1985/1986. He received a Ph.D. from New York University in 2011. Rabbi Mintz is the author of several books, including Jewish Spirituality and Divine Law (2005), The Relationship of Orthodox Jews with Believing Jews of Other Religious Ideologies and Non-Believing Jews (2010), and a book on the history of community eruvin in North America (forthcoming in 2022).
Dr. Natia Mirotadze is a post-doctoral researcher at the department of Biblical Studies and Church History of Salzburg university and a researcher at the department of Codicology and Textual studies of the Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts. She holds an M.A. in Old Georgian Philology and a Ph.D. in Old Georgian Biblical Studies, both from the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Her dissertation was on The Pericopes of I Kingdoms in the Georgian Lectionaries: Their Relation to the Georgian and Greek Sources, and she is the co-editor of Old Georgian versions of the Book of Esther (2014); Proclus Diadochus – Platonic Philosopher, Elements of Theology (Georgian Version) (2016); Georgian Palimpsests at the National Centre of Manuscripts: Catalogue, Texts, Album (2017); Georgian Manuscripts Copied Abroad in Libraries and Museums of Georgia (2018); and From Scribal Error to Rewriting: How (Sacred) Texts May and May Not Be Changed (2020). Her research interests cover textual criticism, biblical studies, manuscript studies, codicology, Georgian paleography, and Old Georgian language and literature.
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. Rabbi David Z. Moster is the founder and director of the Institute of Biblical Culture and is the lead faculty for the Biblical Hebrew certificate program at the Jewish Theological Seminary. 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. His YouTube channel is @BiblicalCulture.
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. Ophir Münz-Manor, an associate professor of Rabbinic Culture at the Open University of Israel, is a specialist in Jewish liturgy and liturgical poetry from Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. His studies focus on the intersections with contemporary Christian texts as well as questions of ritual, performance and gender in late antique Near Eastern cultures. His recent publications include Early Piyyut – An Annotated Anthology (Tel Aviv University Press, 2015) and Gender and Sexuality in Rabbinic Culture (The Open University of Israel Press, 2016).
Prof. Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam (Yale, “Jewish Lives” series, 2018); A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age (Princeton, 2011); The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes (Princeton, 2013); Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge, 1999; 2nd ed. 2018), winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award), and Rembrandt's Jews (Chicago, 2003). He is also the author, with his son Ben Nadler, of the graphic book Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy (Princeton, 2017). His latest book is Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die (Princeton, 2020).
Prof. 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.
Dr. Rabbi Haviva Ner-David is a rabbi and writer. She is the founder of Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Soul, where she officiates and creates immersion ceremonies, both traditional and innovative, and runs mikveh workshops for people of all ages and faiths. Haviva was the first woman to publicly receive Orthodox rabbinic ordination in 2006, but she left Orthodoxy, was ordained as an interfaith minister at the One Spirit Interfaith-Interspiritual Seminary, and is a certified spiritual companion and dreamworker. She holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Haviva is the author of three spiritual journey memoirs: Life on the Fringes: A Feminist Journey Towards Traditional Rabbinic Ordination (2000); Chanah's Voice: A Rabbi Struggles with Gender, Commandment and the Women's Rituals of Baking, Bathing and Brightening (2014), and Dreaming Against the Current: A Rabbi's Soul Journey (2021). Haviva's debut novel, Hope Valley (2021), is about the friendship between a Palestinian-Israeli and a Jewish-Israeli woman in Galilee during the leadup to the Second Intifada. She lives on Kibbutz Hannaton in northern Israel with Jacob, her life partner of the past 32 years, is the mother of seven, and lives with FSHD, a genetic degenerative muscular disorder that has been one of her greatest teachers.
Prof. Carol A. Newsom is Professor (emerita) of Old Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. She holds an M.T.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Among her many books are Rhetoric and Hermeneutics: Approaches to Text, Tradition and Social Construction in Biblical and Second Temple Literature (Mohr Siebeck, 2019); Daniel: A Commentary (OTL, 2014); The Self as Symbolic Space: Constructing Identity and Community at Qumran (Brill; 2004); The Book of Job: A Conflict of Moral Imaginations (Oxford, 2003); Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice: A Critical Edition (Scholars Press, 1985). Newsom is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature (2011) and served as the director of Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion (2012–2015).
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.
Prof. Vered Noam is Professor in the Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel Aviv University. She holds a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Hebrew University, and in 2020, she became the first woman to ever win the Israel Prize for Talmudic Studies. Noam is the author of Megillat Ta’anit (YBZ 2003, Hebrew), From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution (YBZ 2010, Hebrew), Shifting Images of the Hasmoneans (Oxford, 2018), and (with Tal Ilan) of Josephus and the Rabbis (YBZ 2017, Hebrew).
Prof. 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 Jewish Thought and Culture Professor 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. Sara Offenberg is an associate professor at the Department of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the Department of Jewish Thought and the Department of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is the author of Illuminated Piety: Pietistic Texts and Images in the North French Hebrew Miscellany (2013) and Up in Arms: Images of Knights and the Divine Chariot in Esoteric Ashkenazi Manuscripts of the Middle Ages (2019). Between 2014-2017, Offenberg was co-editor of the journal Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, and she is presently (since 2021) managing editor of Mabatim: Journal of Visual Culture. Her research focuses on chivalry and warriors in Hebrew manuscripts, German Pietists, Hebrew illuminated prayer books, and Jewish-Christian relations in medieval art and literature.
Prof. Adi Ophir is Visiting Professor of Humanities and Middle East Studies at Brown University's Center for Middle East Studies and Cogut Institute for the Humanities, where he directs the Political Concepts Initiative. He is also Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University. He holds an M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Among Ophir's many books are Plato's Invisible Cities: Discourse and Power in the "Republic" (Routledge, 1990); The Order of Evils: Toward an Ontology of Morals (MIT 2005); The One-State Condition (with Ariella Azoulay; Stanford 2012), and Goy: Israel’s Multiple Others and the Birth of the Gentile (with Ishai Rosen-Zvi, Oxford, 2018). His next book, In the Beginning Was the State: Divine Violence in the Hebrew Bible is forthcoming from Fordham.
Dr. Rabbi Natan Ophir (Offenbacher) is currently the Head of the English Department at Emunah Academic College of Fine Arts in Jerusalem. An alumnus of Yeshiva University, he received ordination from Yeshivat Mercaz Harav and a Ph.D in Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to his many articles, Ophir is the author of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission, and Legacy (Urim 2014). In the past, he directed JMIJ, the Jewish Meditation Institute Jerusalem, to teach Jewish Meditation in the light of neuropsychology.
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.
Prof. Takayoshi M. Oshima is an associate professor at Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University in Sweden, and a research associate at Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He completed his doctorate in Assyriology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Doctor Philosophiae Habilitatus in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Leipzig. He specializes in Sumerian and Akkadian religious texts, the wisdom literature of the ancient Near East, including the biblical wisdom literature, and ancient Mesopotamian iconography. Among his publications are Cuneiform in Canaan (with Wayne Horowitz), Babylonian Poems of Pious Sufferers, Affronter le mal en Babylonie (with Stéphanie Antonioz), and Teaching Morality, the results of a conference he organized. Currently, he is preparing Gods’ Punishing Hands: The Interdependence of the Divine Will and Human Ethics in Cuneiform Literature, a revised version of his Habilitationsschrift.
Prof. Eckart Otto is Ordinarius (emeritus) of the Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München and Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He holds a Ph.D. and Habilitation in Theology from the University of Hamburg. Otto is the author of a 4-volume German commentary on Deuteronomy (2012-2017) for Herder's theological commentary on the Old Testament series (HThKAT), and among his many monographs are Theologische Ethik des Alten Testaments (Kohlhammer, 1994); Das Deuteronomium: Politische Theologie und Rechtsreform in Juda und Assyrien (de Gruyter 1999); Gottes Recht als Menschenrecht. Rechts- und literaturhistorische Studien zum Deuteronomium (Wiesbaden 2002); and Mose: Geschichte und Legende (2006).
Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen received her Ph.D. in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she is a researcher and lecturer. She is also the editor of the Qedem Monograph series of the Institute of Archaeology and the Israel Exploration Journal of the Israel Exploration Society. She has excavated with Prof. Amihai Mazar at Tel Batash, Tel Beth Shean, and Tel Rehov, and has participated in the publication of the final reports of those excavations. Currently, she co-directs the excavations at Tel Abel Beth-Maacah in northern Israel. Her research interests include Bronze and Iron Age ceramics and ceramic technology.
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.
Prof. Yitzhak (Itzik) Peleg is Professor (Emeritus) of Bible Studies at the Gordon Academic College, Haifa, Israel. He was the Chair of the Department of Bible and Jewish Culture at Beit Berl Academic College and the editor of MOED, Annual for Jewish Studies. Peleg holds a Ph.D. in Bible from Bar-Ilan University, and is the author of לך לך: מסעי האבות בסיפורי המקרא [‘Go Forth’: The Forefathers’ Journeys in Bible Stories] (Resling, 2013); Going Up and Going Down: A Key to Interpreting Jacob’s Dream (Bloomsbury, 2015); "And You Shall Tell Your Son" – Identity and Belonging as Shaping by the Jewish Holidays (Academic Studies Press, Boston, 2022).
Prof. Raymond F. Person, Jr. is Professor of Religion and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Ohio Northern University. He earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies from Duke University. Person is the editor of many books, including Deuteronomy in the Pentateuch, Hexateuch, and the Deuteronomistic History (with Konrad Schmid, 2012) and Empirical Models Challenging Biblical Criticism (with Robert Rezetko, 2016). Among his many monographs are In conversation with Jonah (Sheffield 1996) The Deuteronomic School (Brill 2002), The Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles (Brill 2010), Deuteronomy and Environmental Amnesia (2014), and Scribal Memory and Word Selection (forthcoming).
Prof. Meira Polliack is Professor of Bible at Tel Aviv University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil from Cambridge University and a B.A. from the Hebrew University. From 2012-2018, she was one of the Principal Investigators of the Biblia Arabica: The Bible in Arabic among Jews, Christians and Muslims international research project. She is the author of The Karaite Tradition of Arabic Bible Translation: A Linguistic and Exegetical Study of the Karaite Translations of the Pentateuch from the Tenth to the Eleventh (Brill, 1997); Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic Manuscripts in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (Cambridge University Press, 2001 [with Colin F. Baker]); Yefet Ben Eli's Commentary on Hosea, Judaeo-Arabic edition and modern Hebrew translation (Bar Ilan University Press, 2009 [with Eliezer Schlossberg]); and Yefet Ben Eli's Commentary on the Book of Zephaniah, Annotated Edition, Hebrew Translation and Introduction (Bar-Ilan University Press, 2020 [with Eliezer Schlossberg]). Among her edited books are Karaite Judaism: A Guide to its History and Literary Sources (Brill, 2003), and Jewish Biblical Exegesis from Islamic Lands, The Medieval Period (SBL Press, 2019 [with Athalya Brenner-Idan]).
Dr. Anathea Portier-Young is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Duke University’s Divinity School. She holds an M.A.B.L from Graduate Theological Union/Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Portier-Young is the author of Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Eerdmans, 2011), and co-editor (with Gregory E. Sterling) of Scripture and Social Justice: Catholic and Ecumenical Essays (Fortress, 2018).
Prof. Laura Quick is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Oxford, from which she received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible. She is the author of Deuteronomy 28 and the Aramaic Curse Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Dress, Adornment and the Body in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
Prof. Jonathan Rabinowitz is the Elie Wiesel Professor at Bar Ilan University. His Ph.D. is in Social Welfare and Statistics. Rabinowitz is a fellow of the American College Neuropsychopharmacology and a member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Prof. Jason Radine is Professor of Biblical and Jewish Studies and Chair of the Department of Global Religions, Moravian University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in 2007 and was awarded a Post-Doctoral Humboldt Fellowship for study at the Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany in 2011-2012. He is author of The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010) and various articles on the Minor Prophets.
Prof. 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.
Dr. Andrew Rehfeld is the 10th President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), before which he was Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University. Rehfeld holds a Masters of Public Policy (1994) from the University of Chicago, where he also received his Ph.D. in Political Science (2000), with a dissertation titled Silence of the Land: An Historical and Normative Analysis of Territorial Political Representation. Rehfeld is the author of The Concept of Constituency (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and his next project, tentatively titled, A General Theory of Representation, is under contract with this same publisher.
Prof. Adele Reinhartz is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. from McMaster University. Among Reinhartz’s nine books are Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John and Bible and Cinema: An Introduction (2nd edition 2022). She served as the General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature from 2012-18 and as President of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2020.
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/.
Prof. 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. Rabbi David Resnick retired as Senior Lecturer in the School of Education of Bar Ilan University, where he specialized in Jewish and moral education. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. His recent book was Representing Education in Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2018).
Prof. Sandra Richter is the Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. Richter earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department and her M.A. in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Richter is best known for her work on the Book of Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History, and has a forthcoming commentary on Deuteronomy with Eerdmans Publishers Commentaries for Christian Formation series. She is the author of The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament (IVP 2008), The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology: lešakkēn šemô šām in the Bible and the Ancient Near East. BZAW 318 (de Gruyter, 2002), and most recently Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Has to Say about Environmentalism and Why it Matters (IVP 2020). Richter has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY), Wesley Biblical Seminary (Jackson, MS) and Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), and spent many of those years directing Israel Studies programs focused on historical geography and field archaeology.
Dr. Amy Cooper Robertson is the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Or Hadash, a Conservative synagogue in Sandy Springs, GA. 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. Howard B. Rock is Professor (Emeritus) of American History at Florida International University, where he taught for 40 years. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University, and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Rock is the author of Artisans of the New Republic: The Tradesmen of New York City in the Age of Jefferson (NYU 1979); The New York City Artisan, 1789-1825: A Documentary History (SUNY 1989); Keepers of the Revolution: New Yorkers at Work in the Early Republic (Cornell, 1992); The American Artisan: Crafting Social Identity (Johns Hopkins, 1995); and Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images (NYU 2001). His most recent book, Haven of Liberty: New York Jews in the New World, 1654–1865 (NYU 2012)—the first volume in a trilogy called City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York—was awarded the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award (2013) by the National Jewish Book Council.
Rabbi Peretz Rodman earned a B.A. and M.A. in Jewish studies at Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature at Hebrew College. He was among the inaugural cohort of the Jerusalem Fellows, and later earned rabbinic ordination at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary.
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).
Prof. Christopher A. Rollston is 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 Johns Hopkins University's Department of Near Eastern Studies and is the editor of Maarav and co-editor of BASOR (Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research). Rollston is the editor of Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context and the author of Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age as well as many academic articles such as “Scribal Curriculum during the First Temple Period: Epigraphic Hebrew and Biblical Evidence.” He is an expert in ancient epigraphy and blogs about new finds and current debates on www.rollstonepigraphy.com.
Dr. Rabbi Zvi Ron is an educator living in Neve Daniel, Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Theology from Spertus University and semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from the Israeli chief rabbinate. He is editor of the Jewish Bible Quarterly and has published over sixty scholarly articles on the Bible, Pseudepigrapha, Midrash, and Jewish customs in Tradition, Hakirah, Zutot, Sinai, ha-Ma'ayan, the Review of Rabbinic Judaism, the Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy, the Jewish Bible Quarterly and others. He is the author of ספר קטן וגדול about all the big and small letters in the Bible and ספר עיקר חסר about variant spellings of biblical words.
Dr. Rosanne Liebermann is assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Aarhus University in Denmark. She holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University and is the author of the forthcoming book Exile, Incorporated: The Body in the Book of Ezekiel.
Dr. Rabbi Jeremy Rosen is 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.
Dr. Mordecai David Rosen has a B.Sc. in physics/math from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in Plasma Physics from Princeton University, and is employed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he studies fusion reactions created there, at the National Ignition Facility, the world's largest laser. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), winner of the Teller Medal of the American Nuclear Society for his role in creating a new field: High Energy Density Physics, and winner of the APS Excellence in Plasma Physics Award for designing the world's first laboratory x-ray laser. He and his wife, Rena (whom he met in kindergarten at the Yeshivah of Flatbush) attend Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, CA. Their children and their families span the globe from Ra'anana, Israel, to N.Y. City, to Berkeley, CA.
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. 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.
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.
Rabbi Yoni Rosensweig is the rabbi of the Netzach Menashe community in Beit Shemesh, a Ram in Midreshet Lindenbaum, and founder of Maaglei Nefesh, an institute addressing mental health in Jewish law. He received his rabbinic ordination in Yeshivat Birkat Moshe (Maale Adumim) through the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, and also from his Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch, zt”l. He has degrees in education, history and philosophy. Books he has written include Yishrei Lev (2015), a 3-volume set of responsa, Conversations in Essence, imaginary conversations with great Jewish thinkers of the past, and the soon-to-be-published Nafshi Beshe'elati, on Halacha and mental health.
Prof. 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.”
Prof. 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.
Rabbi Shawn Ruby lives in Zikhron Yaakov with his wife Tammy. They have 3 grown children, Eliana, Kay and Noam. Ruby has passed the יורה יורה exams of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and is in the process of completing ordination by Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati in Maale Gilboa, where he was a member of the Kollel from 2012 to 2018. In his day job, he is co-CEO of Ruby Cherry EDA, an electronic design automation consulting firm.
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.
Prof. 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.
Dr. Rabbi Steven Sager, z"l, was the director of Sicha (sichaconversation.org), a Jewish education project that specializes in rabbinic enrichment and mentoring. He was the rabbi emeritus of Beth El Synagogue in Durham, North Carolina, a senior rabbinic fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and an adjunct professor at Duke Divinity School.
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 and is currently working on her commentary on Ecclesiastes for the Mikra LeYisrael series.
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 Judaic and biblical Studies 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 (forthcoming). 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 (Cambridge University Press 2011), a commentary on chumash An Adventure in Torah: A Fresh Look Through a Traditional Lens (KTAV 2023), and most recently the co-editor with Rabbi Steven H. Golden of the Siddur 'Alats Libbi (Ktav 2023).
Prof. 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.
Prof. George Savran (retired) taught at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies since 1996, and was director of biblical studies. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and is the author of Telling and Retelling: Quotation in Biblical Narrative (Indiana University Press, 1989) and Encountering the Divine: Theophany in Biblical Narrative (Sheffield University Press, 2005).
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. Raymond P. Scheindlin is professor emeritus of medieval Hebrew
literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has published extensively on
the poetry of the Hebrew Golden Age and has made a specialty of literary
translation of premodern Hebrew texts, including The Book of Job (Norton, 1998)
and Vulture in a Cage: Poems by Solomon Ibn Gabirol (Archipelago, 2016). For
more information, see raymondscheindlin.com.
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).
Prof. 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.
Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger is director of international relations for Roots/Shorashim/Judur, a joint Palestinian-Israeli grassroots peacemaking initiative, which he cofounded along with Ali Abu Awwad and Shaul Judelman. Before that, he served as Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar for the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas, and as coordinator for Faiths in Conversation, a framework for Muslim-Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogue which he found in 2012. Schlesinger lives with his family in Alon Shvut. He studied Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was certified as a rabbi by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Prof. Konrad Schmid is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. and his Habilitation from the University of Zurich. He is the author of Genesis and the Moses Story (2010); The Old Testament: A Literary History (Fortress Press, 2012); and A Historical Theology of the Hebrew Bible (2019), and the co-editor of The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current Research [with Thomas B. Dozeman and Baruch J. Schwartz] (2011) and The Formation of the Pentateuch [with Jan C. Gertz, Bernard M. Levinson , and Dalit Rom-Shiloni] (2016). Since 2017, he has served as president of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie (Academic Society for Theology) and he is currently also the President of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT). In 2018, Schmid was awarded the Humboldt-Forschungspreis, and in 2019 an ERC Advanced Grant for the project How God Became a Lawgiver (www.divlaw.uzh.ch). In the fall of 2022, he served as Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Tammi J. Schneider is Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. She holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania and her work draws together archaeology, Assyriology, biblical studies, and gender studies, in an effort to understand the interactions among various peoples in the ancient Near East. She is the author of Judges (Berit Olam, 2000), Sarah: Mother of Nations (Continuum, 2004), Mothers of Promise: Women in the Book of Genesis (Baker, 2008), and An Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Religion (Eerdmans, 2011).
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.
Prof. Susanne Scholz is Professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and the equivalent M.Div. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She also studied at the University of Mainz, Germany, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Scholz is the editor of many books, and is the author of The Bible as Political Artifact: On the Feminist Study of the Hebrew Bible (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2017), Introducing the Women’s Hebrew Bible: Feminism, Gender Justice, and the Study of the Old Testament (2nd rev. & exp. edn; T&T Clark Bloomsbury, 2017), Sacred Witness: Rape in the Hebrew Bible (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010).
Prof. Stefan Schorch is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Martin Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Faculty of Theology, since 2009, and Director of the Research Institute for Hebrew Studies at Leucorea Foundation, Wittenberg. After studies at the universities in Leipzig, Jerusalem, and Berlin, he obtained his doctorate (Dr. theol.) from Leipzig University (1998) and his “Habilitation” from Protestant University Bethel, Bielefeld (2003). He is the author of Euphemismen in der Hebräischen Bibel (Otto Harrassowitz, 2000) and Die Vokale des Gesetzes: Die samaritanische Lesetradition als Textzeugin der Tora, vol. 1 Genesis (de Gruyter, 2004). He is currently working on a critical edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch, called תורה תמימה, and has thus far published the volumes for Genesis and Leviticus (de Gruyter).
Dr. Sarah Schulz is Senior Lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She received her PhD and her Habilitation in Old Testament Studies/Hebrew Bible from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She is the author of Die Anhänge zum Richterbuch. Eine kompositionsgeschichtliche Analyse von Ri 17–21 (DeGruyter 2016) and the co-editor of Debating Authority. Concepts of Leadership in the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets (DeGruyter 2018); Transforming Authority. Concepts of Leadership in Prophehtic and Chronistic Literature (DeGruyter 2021) [both with Katharina Pyschny]; and Clothing and Nudity in the Hebrew Bible (T&T Clark 2019) [with Christoph Berner, Manuel Schäfer, Martin Schott, and Martina Weingärtner]. In 2016 she was awarded the Hanns-Lilje-Preis of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.
Prof. Baruch J. Schwartz holds the J. L Magnes Chair in Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned his Ph.D. He writes and lectures on the J, E, P and D documents, the uniqueness of each, and how they were compiled to create the five-book Torah. Schwartz is especially interested in how academic biblical scholarship and traditional Jewish belief and observance may co-exist.
Dr. Ethan Schwartz holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University. He received his B.A. in philosophy and Jewish studies from the University of Chicago and his M.A. in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Dr. Rabbi Marcus Mordecai Schwartz is director of the Beit Midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), where he also serves as assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics. He holds a Ph.D. from JTS and is a past recipient of the Professor Saul Lieberman and Dr. Judith Berlin Lieberman Graduate Fellowships in Talmudic Studies. He has taught at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. His publications include articles for the Hebrew Union College Annual, Zeramim, the Encyclopedia Judaica Online, and the Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture. He is the author of the book Rewriting the Talmud (Mohr Siebeck, 2019), on the effect of tradition from the Land of Israel on the composition of the Babylonian Talmud.
Prof. Daniel R. Schwartz is the Herbst Family Professor of Judaic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he did his Ph.D., and also the academic head of HUJI’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities. He specializes in the history, and especially the historiography, of the Second Temple period. His books include Agrippa I: The Last King of Judaea and Studies in the Jewish Background of Christianity (Mohr Siebeck, 1990 and 1992); 2 Maccabees (De Gruyter 2008); Judeans and Jews: Four Faces of Dichotomy in Ancient Jewish History (Univ. of Toronto Press 2014).
Dr. Sarah Schwartz is a lecturer on Bible in Bar Ilan University's Bible department, and in Machon Schechter. She holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University, where she wrote a literary analysis of the Isaac stories in Genesis. Among her published articles are “From Rhetoric to Demagoguery: A New Reading of the Spies’ Report (Num 13:26-33),” ETL 96 (2020);
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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).
Prof. 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).
Prof. 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).
Rabbi Noam Shapiro studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and at Yeshiva University, where he received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS and an MA in Judaic Studies (Jewish History) from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. After teaching in Jewish day schools in America and gap-year programs in Israel for nearly a decade, he now serves as the COO of a nano-optics startup company in Jerusalem. He lives in Efrat with his wife and four children.
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.
Prof. 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. Tina M. Sherman is an Editor for TheTorah.com. She holds a Ph.D in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She is currently lecturing in Bible at the University of Minnesota and finalizing the manuscript for her first book, which explores how the prophetic authors used plant metaphors to construct national identities for Israel and Judah. She is also the author of the “Biblical Metaphor Annotated Bibliography” (2014) and co-author, with Bernard M. Levinson, of “Law and Legal Literature” in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Ancient Israel (2016).
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-Ryan 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).
Dr. Alex Sinclair is Chief Content Officer for Educating for Impact, an organization that provides strategic and educational consulting to European Jewish communities, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught, written and spoken widely on Jewish education, Israel-Diaspora relations, and Israeli politics in both academic and popular contexts. He was a professor of education at the Jewish Theological Seminary for almost two decades, and has also worked or consulted for a wide variety of other educational and communal institutions. His first book, "Loving the Real Israel: An Educational Agenda for Liberal Zionism," was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2013. He lives with his wife and three children in Modi'in, Israel.
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).
Dr. Fran Snyder serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School University, in New York City. She holds a doctorate in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation from the Jewish Theological Seminary and is on the faculty of the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan, where she teaches T’ai Chi and Qigong.
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 as Midstream 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.
Prof. Benjamin Sommer is Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Senior Fellow at the Kogod Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought of the Shalom Hartman Institute. He holds an M.A. in Bible and Ancient Near East from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in Religion/Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago. Sommer is the author of Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition (Yale, 2015), The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel (Cambridge, 2009), and A Prophet Reads Scripture: Allusion in Isaiah 40–66 (Stanford, 1998). The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz described Sommer as “a traditionalist and yet an iconoclast – he shatters idols and prejudices in order to nurture Jewish tradition and its applicability today.”
Prof. Jean-Pierre Sonnet is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, where he teaches biblical narrative poetics and biblical poetry. Ordained as a Jesuit catholic priest, he holds an M.A. in comparative literature from the Catholic University of Louvain, an M.A. in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (with a special formation in Jewish biblical interpretation at the Ratisbonne Center, Jerusalem), and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He is the author of The Book within the Book (Brill 1997), focused on the relationship between embedding and embedded book in Deuteronomy, and a commentary on the book of Ruth, À l’ombre de ses ailes. Le livre de Ruth. Une lecture narrative (2021). He is co-editor (with Peter Dubovskẏ and Dominik Markl) of The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah (Mohr Siebeck 2015). Sonnet also writes poetry and has authored a series of works in which he gives voice to the voice of Scripture. The last one is entirely centered on Jerusalem, La ville où tout homme est né (Le Taillis Pré 2021).
Prof. 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 TheTorah.com - 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 in 2002 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. In 2012, he left his rabbinic post to create TheTorah.com.
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 transmission of torah texts in the early 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).
Rabbi Ron Stern is a rabbi at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles, where he has been serving since 1998. Originally from Morristown, New Jersey, he graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester and was ordained in 1990 at Hebrew Union College in New York. Rabbi Stern is the founding rabbi of the Wise Center for Tikkun Olam, which supports social welfare organizations in the US and Israel, and has helped to build Wise Readers to Leaders, the only synagogue-sponsored literacy enrichment program in the nation, serving over 400 children. Rabbi Stern is a founding member of Reform CA, a political action project of rabbis and congregants throughout California, and has been a member of the Religious Action Center’s Commission on Social Justice.
Prof. David Stern is Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Hebrew and Jewish Literature at Harvard University. Stern received his Ph.D. from Harvard and taught for many years at the University of Pennsylvania before leaving for Harvard. Stern has written or edited fourteen books including Parables in Midrash: Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature; Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature; The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee; and The Jewish Bible: A Material History (University of Washington Press, 2017), for which he received the 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Award for the Best Book in Jews and the Arts from the Association for Jewish Studies. His most recent book is Jewish Literary Cultures II: The Medieval and Early Modern Periods (2019), the second in a series of three volumes of Stern’s selected essays. He is currently completing the third volume in the series. Stern works and teaches in two fields, classical Jewish literature and the history of the book with a special interest in the Jewish book.
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].
Prof. Brent A. Strawn is Professor of Old Testament and Professor of Law at Duke University and a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University where he previously served as W. R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament. He holds an M.Div and Ph.D. from Princeton University, and is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Strawn is the author of: What Is Stronger than a Lion? Leonine Image and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East (2005), The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment (2017), The Old Testament: A Concise Introduction (2020), and Lies My Preacher Told Me: An Honest Look at the Old Testament (2021). He served as both translator and member of the editorial board for The Common English Bible and has edited over twenty five volumes to date, including The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (2012), The World around the Old Testament (2014), and the award-winning The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (2015).
Dr. 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.
Dr. Matthew Susnow is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Department of Archaeology. He holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Haifa (2019) and additionally has an M.A. from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago (2011). He is the author of The Practice of Canaanite Cult: The Middle and Late Bronze Ages (Zaphon, 2021). His research focuses on various aspects of archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Age southern Levant, especially religion and ritual. Matt is also a staff member of the Tel Abel Beth Maacah expedition.
Prof. Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. His Ph.D. is from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of sixteen volumes, such as Tanak: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Jewish Bible; Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: Engaging Holocaust Theology; and Jewish Mysticism: From Ancient Times through Today.
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. Caryn Tamber-Rosenau is instructional assistant professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Houston. She studies women, gender, and sexuality in the Bible and Second Temple literature. She is the author of Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature (Gorgias, 2018). For more on Tamber-Rosenau’s work, visit www.caryntamber-rosenau.com.
Dr. Rabba 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 received her rabbinic ordination in the Kollel program of Yeshivat Maharat and is the author of Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2021).
Prof. Juan Manuel Tebes is Professor at the Catholic University of Argentina, current Director of its Center of Studies of Ancient Near Eastern History, and Researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). He is Co-Editor of the Ancient Near East Monographs (Society of Biblical Literature) and former Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal Antiguo Oriente. Tebes has participated in archaeological expeditions in Jordan, Israel, and Turkey, and has also been research fellow at many institutions. He has recently published, with Christian Frevel, the collection of papers The Desert Origins of God: Yahweh’s Emergence and Early History in the Southern Levant and Northern Arabia (special volume of Entangled Religions 12/2; Bochum: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2021).
Prof. Hanna Tervanotko is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. She received her combined PhD/ThD from the University of Vienna and University of Helsinki in 2013. Tervanotko’s first book was, Denying Her Voice: The Figure of Miriam in Ancient Jewish Literature (2016). She has written extensively about female figures and divinatory techniques in the Jewish texts of the Second Temple era. She is the co-editor of Crossing Imaginary Boundaries: The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Second Temple Judaism. Currently, Tervanotko holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to analyze women’s rituals to address sickness in ancient Jewish texts.
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.
Prof. 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.
Dr. Nicole L. Tilford is an independent scholar living in Atlanta, GA. She holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University. She is the author of Sensing World, Sensing Wisdom: The Cognitive Foundation of Biblical Metaphors (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017) and has published articles on sensory criticism of biblical metaphors and the reception history of the Bible.
Dr. Andrew Tobolowsky is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Arts and Sciences Department of William & Mary University. He holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and is the author of The Sons of Jacob and the Sons of Herakles (Mohr Siebeck, 2017).
Prof. 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 an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan. He is on the board of Yeshivat Maharat and is editor of Women and Men in Communal Prayer: Halakhic Perspectives (KTAV, 2010).
Dr. Jason Tron holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from 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 deals with 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.
Prof. Rabbi Yossi Turner is Professor of Jewish Thought at The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was ordained at Jerusalem's Seminary for Judaic Studies (now the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary). In addition to his many articles he is the author of several books, among them Faith and Humanism: An Inquiry in Franz Rosenzweig’s Religious Philosophy (Hebrew); The Relation to Zion and the Diaspora in 20th Century Jewish Thought: A Study in The Philosophy of Jewish Existence (Hebrew), and Quest for Life: a Study in Aharon David Gordon's Philosophy of Man in Nature (English). He is presently involved in the development of an original philosophy of Jewish existence.
Dr. Shani Tzoref is currently a Visiting Professor at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg. Her previous positions include Chair of Hebrew Bible and Exegesis at the University of Potsdam and 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, and is pursuing an additional M.A. in Digital Humanities from the CUNY Graduate center. She is the author of The Pesher Nahum Scroll from Qumran: An Exegetical Study of 4Q169.
Dr. Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein received both her Ph.D. in Midrash and her M.A. in Ancient Judaism from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her dissertation investigated the workings of Midrash, focusing on texts that mention individual women. She has taught university courses both in person and online and was a contributor to The Torah: A Women's Commentary. She currently teaches at TanenbaumCHAT, where her students know her as Dr. U-F and she is Head of the Department of Jewish Thought. In addition to classes on Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Philosophy, one of the courses she teaches and developed is “Gender and Judaism.” Dr. Urowitz-Freudenstein also teaches adult education classes in the community and lives in her hometown, Toronto, with her husband and family.
Prof. Jacqueline Vayntrub is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale University. She holds a Ph.D. in Northwest Semitic Philology from the University of Chicago and she is the author of Beyond Orality (2019), part of Routledge’s Ancient World series.
Dr. Danilo Verde is a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher of the FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) affiliated to the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. He holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from the same University. His research focuses on metaphor, gender, trauma, and pain in the Hebrew Bible. Verde is the author of Conquered Conquerors: Love and War in the Song of Songs (SBL 2020), and co-editor (with Antje Labahn) of Networks of Metaphors in the Hebrew Bible (Peeters, 2020), and a thematic issue of the journal Open Theology (with Dominik Markl) titled Cultural Trauma and the Hebrew Bible (2022).
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.
Prof. Tamás Visi is an Associate Professor at the Kurt and Ursula Schubert Centre for Jewish Studies at Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Republic). He earned his doctorate with a dissertation on the early Ibn Ezra supercommentaries at the Central European University in Budapest in 2006. In 2012 he was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recent publications: “The Chronology of John the Baptist and the Crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth: A New Approach,” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 18 (2020): 3-34; “Berechiah ben Naṭronai ha-Naqdan’s Dodi ve-Neḵdi and the Transfer of Scientific Knowledge from Latin to Hebrew in the Twelfth Century,” Aleph 14.2 (2014): 9-73; “Ibn Ezra, a Maimonidean Authority: The Evidence of the Early Ibn Ezra Supercommentaries,” in James T. Robinson (ed.), The Cultures of Maimonideanism (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 89-131.
Prof. 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.
Prof. 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 was the Judaica Bibliographer and Curator at the University of Toronto Libraries until his retirement in 2017. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish Intellectual History from the University of Toronto. He is the author of Esther in Medieval Garb, Bibliographia Karaitica, and The Way of Lovers (with Sara Japhet) and is the main Judaism editor for De Gruyter’s Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception.
Dr. Paula Wapnish Hesse holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University (1984) in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, but has spent most of her academic career as a zooarchaeologist. She has worked on, and published widely on, animal bone collections from Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, Yemen, and Israel. She was the zooarchaeologist at the Leon Levy Excavations to Ashkelon from 1985 to 2016, and currently serves that position at the Tel Shimron Excavations. Hesse is the editor [with Justin Lev-Tov and Alan Gilbert] of The Wide Lens in Archaeology: Honoring Brian Hesse’s Contributions to Anthropological Archaeology (Lockwood Press, 2017). Her latest publications include a catalog of Worked Ivory and Bone (pp. 651-662) and Faunal Remains (with Deirdre Fulton, pp. 705-726) in Ashkelon 7: The Iron Age I (Lawrence E. Stager, Daniel M. Master, and Adam Aja, editors. Eisenbrauns, University Park, PA, 2020). She is currently working on a comprehensive catalogue of the bone and ivory tools from Ashkelon, Israel and a book-length treatment with Deirdre N. Fulton on the Persian and Early Hellenistic period dog burials.
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).
Prof. 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.
Dr. Rabbi Deborah Waxman has been President and CEO of Reconstructing Judaism since 2014 and is the first woman to head a Jewish congregational union and seminary. Since 2002, she has lectured at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she is the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Presidential Professor. Waxman holds degrees from Columbia College, Columbia University (cum laude), the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Temple University, and serves on the American Jewish Historical Society’s Academic Council. She has written for the Forward, The Times of Israel, HuffPost, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and is the author of several book chapters, including “‘A Lady Sometimes Blows the Shofar’: Women’s Religious Equality in the Postwar Reconstructionist Movement,” in A Jewish Feminine Mystique?: Jewish Women in Postwar America (Rutgers University Press 2010) and “Multiple Conceptualizations of the Divine,” in Sh’ma (April 2014). Rabbi Waxman is also the creator and host of the podcast Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience.
Prof. Nili Wazana is a Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she heads the Bible Department and also teaches in the department of the History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Judaism. She is also the academic head of the Rothberg School’s graduate program, “The Bible and the Ancient Near East.” She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, is the former editor of Shnaton: An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and 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.
Dr. Joseph Weinstein is an interdisciplinary researcher with widespread interests in science, technology, ancient history, and archaeology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Princeton University, a Master’s in Jewish Education from Boston Hebrew College, and a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, and spent most of his professional career in private industry at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (now Raytheon BBN Technologies) in Cambridge, MA. His activities in archaeology have focused on application of statistics and scientific data analysis techniques to pottery and other artifacts from the Ancient Near East. Participants in the annual SBL/AAR conference will recognize him as the person who usually organizes Shabbat meals and services.
Prof. 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.
Rabbi Avraham (Avi) Weiss is the founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – the Bayit, founder and co-founder, respectively, of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat rabbinical schools, and the International Rabbinic Fellowship. He has semichah (Orthodox rabbinical ordination) from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elhanan Theological Seminary (1968), and is the author of Haggadah for the Yom HaShoah Seder (Jonas, 2000); Women at Prayer: A Halakhic Analysis of Women's Prayer Groups (KTAV 1990); Spiritual Activism: A Jewish Guide to Leadership and Repairing the World (Jewish Lights, 2008); Holistic Prayer: A Guide to Jewish Spirituality (Maggid, 2014); Open Up the Iron Door: Memoirs of a Soviet Jewry Activist (Toby Press, 2015); and Journey to Open Orthodoxy (KTAV/URIM, 2019). In 2017, YCT presented him with a Festschrift (ed. Daniel R. Goodman): Black Fire on White Fire: Essays in Honor of Rabbi Avi Weiss. His thematic commentary on the Torah, Torat Ahavah – Loving Torah, is scheduled to be published (Summer 2023).
Dr. Daniel H. Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies. Weiss is the author of Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Politics of Divine Violence (Cambridge, 2023) and Paradox and the Prophets: Hermann Cohen and the Indirect Communication of Religion (Oxford, 2012). He is also co-editor of Tsimtsum and Modernity: Lurianic Heritage in Modern Philosophy and Theology (with Agata Bielik-Robson; De Gruyter, 2021); Scripture and Violence (with Julia Snyder; Routledge, 2021); Interpreting Interreligious Relations with Wittgenstein: Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (with Gorazd Andrejč; Brill, 2019); and Purity and Danger Now: New Perspectives (with Robbie Duschinsky and Simone Schnall; Routledge, 2016). Weiss is actively involved in the Cambridge Interfaith Programme, and is a recent recipient of a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.
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).
Dr. Felix Wiedemann is a Privatdozent (Lecturer) and researcher at the Department of History at Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a Ph.D. (2006) and Habilitation (2018) both from Freie Universität Berlin. Wiedermann is the author of Am Anfang war Migration [In the Beginning There Was Migration] (2020) and Rassenmutter und Rebellin [Race Mother and Rebel] (2007). His research interests include the history of science and historiography, theory of history, migration-history, European orientalism(s), history of modern anti-Semitism and racism, right-wing extremism, and new religious movements.
Prof. 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).
Prof. Karen Strand Winslow is professor emeritus of Biblical and Theological Studies at Azusa Pacific Seminary/Azusa Pacific University. She received her Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington in 2003. Her research interests include biblical interpretation, the formation of Scripture, early Judaism, women in religion, the science and religion, and ethnicity and identity formation, especially as reflected in texts and traditions of Judaism and Christianity. She is the author of Exogamist Marriage and Ethnic Identity: Early Jewish and Christian Memories of Moses’ Wives (2005) and Imagining Equity: The Gifts of Christian Feminist Theology (2021). She has also written commentaries on 1–2 Kings (2017), Esther, and Isaiah (2018–2020), and she co-edited the Wesley Study Bible (2009), Relational Theology: Issues and Implications (2013), and the Global Wesleyan Theological Dictionary (2013).
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.
Prof. 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).
Prof. Jed Wyrick is Professor of Comparative Religion and Humanities at California State University, Chico. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and is the author of The Ascension of Authorship: Attribution, Textualization, and Canon Formation in Jewish, Hellenistic, and Christian Traditions (Cambridge, 2004).
Prof. 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.
Dr. Naama Yahalom-Mack is a senior lecturer of Bronze and Iron Age archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is head of the Institute’s Laboratory for Archaeological Materials and Ancient Technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Hebrew University, and wrote on Bronze in the Beginning of the Iron Age in the Land of Israel. Yahalom-Mack is currently co-director of the Tel Abel Beth Maacah excavations in the Hula Valley. Her research focuses on archaeometallurgy and on the provenancing of archaeological materials as a proxy for reconstructing ancient trade and economic interaction.
Dr. Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President and Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash, a pluralistic adult learning and leadership center, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox Social Justice organization, the Founder and President of Shamayim, a Jewish animal advocacy movement, and the Founder and President of YATOM, the Jewish foster and adoption network. He holds M.A. degrees from Harvard University and Yeshiva University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, along with two other Orthodox ordinations in Israel. Rabbi Yanklowitz is the author of numerous books on Jewish ethics, including Bringing Heaven Down To Earth: Jewish Ethics for an Evolving and Complex World (2014), Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary (2018), and The Book of Jonah: A Social Justice Commentary (2020).
Ophir Yarden is a senior lecturer at Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center. He earned M.A. degrees at the University of Chicago and the Schechter Institute – J.T.S. Ophir is author of Judaism: A First Encounter (forthcoming) and is the ADAShA Program Director at the Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue.
Dr. Joachim Yeshaya is Doctor-Assistant in Hebrew Literature at Catholic University of Leuven (BE). He holds a Ph.D. in Arts from the University of Groningen (NL), and is the author of Medieval Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Egypt (Brill, 2011) and Poetry and Memory in Karaite Prayer (Brill, 2014). Yeshaya is the co-editor (with Elisabeth Hollender) of Exegesis and Poetry in Medieval Karaite and Rabbanite Texts (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017), and (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 has been serving as editor for De Gruyter’s multivolume Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR).
Dr. Philip Yoo is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 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 (Oxford 2017) and co-editor of To Gaul, to Greece and into Noah’s Ark (Oxford 2019).
Dr. Rabbi Tzemah Yoreh has a PhD in Bible from Hebrew University, as well as a PhD in Wisdom Literature of the Hellenistic period from the University of Toronto. 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 the leader of the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in New York.
Prof. Rabbi Tzvee Zahavy (retired) taught world religions, Talmud, Jewish law codes, Jewish Liturgy, Jewish History, Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at several US research universities and seminaries. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University and his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. Among his books are The Traditions of Eleazar Ben Azariah, God’s Favorite Prayers, and Talmudic Advice. He also published translations of various tractates of Mishnah, Tosefta, and Talmud in the Brown University Judaic Studies series and the University of Chicago Yerushalmi series. Visit www.tzvee.com for more details.
Prof. Molly M. Zahn is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. She holds an M.Phil from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Her publications include two monographs, Genres of Rewriting in Second Temple Judaism: Scribal Composition and Transmission (Cambridge, 2020) and Rethinking Rewritten Scripture: Composition and Exegesis in the 4QReworked Pentateuch Manuscripts (Brill, 2011), as well as two co-edited volumes and numerous articles and book chapters. She currently serves as Executive Editor of the prominent Qumran journal Dead Sea Discoveries.
Prof. 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).
Prof. Rabbi Wendy Zierler is the Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University, her MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, her B.A. from Stern College (YU), and her rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. She is the author of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Hebrew Women’s Writing, and co-editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History. Most recently she co-edited the book These Truths We Hold: Judaism in an Age of Truthiness.
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).
Prof. 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.
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.
Rabbi Daniel M. Zucker, D.D. is the Associate Rabbi at White Meadow Temple/Or Hadash in Rockaway, 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).
Prof. J. Cornelis de Vos is Extraordinary Professor of New Testament and Ancient Judaism at Münster University, Germany. He received his PhD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and his Habilitation in Ancient Judaism and New Testament from the University of Münster. He specializes in ancient ethics and the meaning of the land of Israel for Jews and Christians. His publications include Rezeption und Wirkung des Dekalogs in jüdischen und christlichen Schriften bis 200 n.Chr. (Brill, 2016) and Heiliges Land und Nähe Gottes: Wandlungen alttestamentlicher Landvorstellungen in frühjüdischen und neutestamentlichen Schriften (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012).
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Prof. Karel van der Toorn is Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Amsterdam. He studied Theology and Semitic Languages in Paris (Institut Catholique, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) and holds a Ph.D. (1985) from Free University Amsterdam, and his dissertation was published under the title Sin and Sanction in Israel and Mesopotamia: A Comparative Study (Van Gorcum, 1985). Prof. van der Toorn has published widely on the Hebrew Bible in its Near Eastern context. His books include Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel (Brill, 1996); Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible (Harvard University Press, 2007); God in Context: Selected Essays on Society and Religion in the Early Middle East (Mohr Siebeck, 2018); Papyrus Amherst 63 (Ugarit-Verlag, 2018); Becoming Diaspora Jews: Behind the Story of Elephantine (Yale University Press, 2019).