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Professor, Comparative Religion and Jewish Studies
Thomson Hall, Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION:
AREAS OF TEACHING COMPETENCE:
9. Co-edited with C. Fonrobert, The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
8. Torah in the Mouth: Writing and Oral Tradition in Palestinian Judaism, 200 BCE-400CE (Oxford University Press, 2001)
Reviewed in AJL Newsletter 21 (2001); Review of Biblical Literature 7 (2003); Journal for the Study of Judaism 34 (2003); Journal of Jewish Studies 54 (2003); Religious Studies Review 29 (2003); AJS Review 27 (2003); Journal of Religion 84 (2004); Prooftexts 24 (2004); Shofar 23 (2005)
7. Co-edited with J. Corrigan, F. Denny and C. Eire, Readings in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Prentice-Hall, 1998).
6. Co-authored with J. Corrigan, F. Denny and C. Eire, Jews, Christians, Muslims: A Comparative Introduction to Monotheistic Religions (Prentice-Hall, 1998).
5. Early Judaism: Religious Worlds of the First Judaic Millennium (Prentice-Hall, 1997; 2nd revised edition, Press of the University of Maryland, 2006)
Reviewed in Shofar 15 (1997); Ioudaios Review 7 (1997); Journal of Religion 77 (1997); Journal of Jewish Studies 49 (1998); Henoch 20 (1998)
4. Co-edited, with C. Cox and M. Williams, Innovation and Religious Traditions: Essays in the Interpretation of Religious Change (Mouton de Gruyter, 1992)
Reviewed in Theological Book Review 3 (1993); Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 20 (1994); Journal for the Study of Religion 1 (1995)
3. The Talmud of the Land of Israel: A Preliminary Translation and Explanation. Volume 7. Maaserot (University of Chicago Press, 1987)
2. The Talmud of Babylonia: An American Translation. XXVI.
Tractate Horayot (Scholars Press, 1987)
Reviewed in Jewish Quarterly Review 79 (1988-89)
1. Mishnah's Theology of Tithing: A Study of Tractate Maaserot (Scholars Press, 1981; reprinted in a corrected edition under the title Mishnah-Tosefta Maaserot: Text and Commentary, in Jacob Neusner, ed., The Law of Agriculture in the Mishnah and the Tosefta: Translation, Commentary, Theology, vol. 3, [E.J. Brill, 2005])
Reviewed in Hebrew Studies 24 (1983)
Scholarly Monographs, Articles, Essays and Translations (*=refereed material):
41. “Introduction,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, co-authored with Charlotte Fonrobert (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
40. “Rabbinic Authorship as a Collective Enterprise,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
39. “What Difference Does the Orality of Rabbinic Writing Make for the Interpretation of Rabbinic Writings?” in M. Kraus, ed., How Should Rabbinic Texts Be Read in the Modern World? (Gorgias Press, 2006)
38. “Oral Transmission of Knowledge as Rabbinic Sacrament: An Overlooked Aspect of Discipleship in Oral Torah,” in H. Kreisel, ed., Study and Knowledge in Jewish Thought (Ben Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2006).
37. “Inner-Worldly Monasticism: Towards a Model of Rabbinic-Halakhic Spirituality,” Monograph Series of the Center for Traditional Orthodox Studies, # 40 (2006)
36. “Gender and Otherness in Rabbinic Oral Culture: On Gentiles, Undisciplined Jews, and Their Women,” in R. Horsely and J. Foley, eds., Performing the Gospel: A Festschrift for Werner Kelber (Fortress Press, 2006)
35. “The Wars of Torah: The Sublimation of Violence in Rabbinic Piety,” (Lecture published by University of Oregon Humanites Center; Eugene, OR, 2006).
34. “Rabbinic Oral Tradition in Late Byzantine Galilee: Christian Empire and Rabbinic Ideological Resistance,” in T. Draper, ed., Semeia: Orality, Literacy, and Colonialism in Antiquity (SBL, 2004)
33. “Personal Self-Disclosure, Religious Studies Pedagogy, and the Skeptical Mission of the Public University,” CSSR Bulletin (April, 2004), published with four responses and the author’s rejoinder.
32. “Spoken, Written, Incarnate: Ontologies of Textuality in Classical Rabbinic Judaism," in M. Modiano, Textual Studies at the Millennium (University of Washington Press, 2004)
31. “Oral Tradition and Rabbinic Studies,” in Oral Tradition 18 (2003)
30. “How the Mishnah Makes a Theological Statement,” in J. Neusner & A. J. Avery-Peck, The Blackwell Reader in Judaism, (Blackwell, 2001)
*29. “One God, One Revelation, One People: On the Symbolic Structure of Elective Monotheism” in Journal of the American Academy of Religion 69 (2001)
*28. "Oral Tradition and the Writings of Rabbinic Oral Torah," in Oral Tradition 14 (1999)
27. "Oral Culture in Scriptural Religion: Some Exploratory Studies," in Religious Studies Review 24 (1998)
*26. "The Oral-Cultural Matrix of the Talmud Yerushalmi: Comparative Perspectives on Rhetorical Paideia, Discipleship, and the Concept of Oral Torah," in P. Schaefer, ed., The Talmud Yerushalmi and Graeco-Roman Culture, I (Mohr Siebeck, 1998).
Anthologized in I. Gershoni and Y. Elman, eds., Transmission of Jewish Tradition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000)
25. "The Hebrew Scriptures," in John Miles Foley, ed., Teaching Oral Tradition (Modern Language Association, 1998)
*24. "Fessing Up in Theory: Professing and Confessing in the Religious Studies Classroom," Journal of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 9:4 (1997).
Anthologized in R.T. McCutcheon, ed., The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion: A Reader (London & New York: Cassell, 1999)
*23. "A Rabbinic Ontology of the Written and Spoken Word: On Discipleship, Transformative Knowledge, and the Living Texts of Oral Torah," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 65:3 (1997)
*22. "Voices in the Page: Representing the Palestinian Talmud in English," Prooftexts 16:2 (1996)
*21. "Halakhah as Primordial Tradition: A Gadamerian Dialogue with Early Rabbinic Memory and Jurisprudence", in S. Kepnes, ed., Interpreting Judaism in a Postmodern Age (New York University Press, 1996)
20. "Figuring Early Rabbinic Literary Culture: Thoughts Occasioned by Boomershine and Dewey," in J. Dewey, ed., Semeia 65: Orality and Textuality in Early Christian Literature (Scholars Press, 1995)
*19. "Writing and Rabbinic Oral Tradition: On Mishnaic Narrative, Lists and Mnemonics," Journal of Jewish Thought & Philosophy 4:1 (1994)
18. "Response to Eugene J. Fisher", Journal of Ecumenical Studies 29:1 (1993)
17. "Halakhah in Early Rabbinic Judaism: Innovation Beyond Exegesis, Tradition Before Oral Torah", in Cox, Jaffee and Williams, eds., Innovation and Religious Traditions: Essays in the Interpretation of Religious Change (Mouton de Gruyter, 1992)
*16. "The Victim Community in Myth and History: The Holocaust, The Question of Palestine and Contemporary Christian Witness", Journal of Ecumenical Studies 28:2 (1992)
*15. "How Much Orality in Oral Torah? New Perspectives on the Compilation and Transmission of Early Rabbinic Tradition", Shofar 10:2 (1992)
*14. "The Hermeneutical Model of Midrashic Studies: What it Reveals and What it Conceals", Prooftexts 11:1 (1991)
*13. "The Taqqanah in Tannaitic Literature: Jurisprudence and the Construction of Rabbinic Memory", Journal of Jewish Studies 41:2 (1990)
12. "Halakhic Personhood: The Existential Hermeneutic of Worship and Ethics", in P. Ochs, ed., Understanding the Rabbinic Mind: Essays on the Hermeneutic of Max Kadushin (Scholars Press, 1990)
11. "The Babylonian Appropriation of the Talmud Yerushalmi: Redactional Studies in the Horayot Tractates", in A. Avery-Peck, ed., New Perspectives on Ancient Judaism. Volume IV. The Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism: Issues in Talmudic Redaction and Interpretation (University Press of America, 1989)
10. "Introduction to the Second Edition" of Martin Buber, Hasidism and Modern Man (Humanities Press International, 1988)
9. "Mishnah Maaserot", in J. Neusner, ed., The Mishnah: A New Translation (Yale University Press, 1988)
8. "The Pretext of Interpretation: Rabbinic Exegesis and the Charisma of Revelation", in R. Scharlemann, ed., God in Language (Paragon House, 1987)
7. "Tosefta Maaserot", in J. Neusner and R. Sarason, eds., The Tosefta: Zeraim, the Order of Agriculture (KTAV. 1987)
*6. "Mishnaic Literary History and the History of a Mishnaic Idea: The Formation of the Mishnah's Theory of Intention, With Special Reference to Tractate Maaserot", AJS Review 11:2 (1986)
*5. "Oral Torah in Theory and Practice: Aspects of Mishnah-Exegesis in the Palestinian Talmud", Religion 15:2 (1985)
4. "The Midrashic Proem: Towards the Description of Rabbinic Exegesis", in W. Green, ed., Approaches to Ancient Judaism. Volume IV (Scholars Press, 1983)
3. "The Mishnah in Rabbinic Exegesis: Observations on Tractate Maaserot of the Talmud Yerushalmi" (ibid.)
2. "The Division of Agriculture Before the Wars: Maaserot", in J. Neusner, Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah (University of Chicago Press, 1981)
1. "Deciphering Mishnaic Lists: A Form-Analytical Approach", in W. Green, ed., Approaches to Ancient Judaism. Volume III (Scholars Press, 1981)
Encyclopedia Contributions Have Appeared In::
Review Essays and Shorter Reviews Have Appeared In::
Book: In the Mouth Are These Words: A Critical Anthology of Rabbinic Texts From and About the Oral Tradition (in preparation)
Book: Fragments of Transcendance: Meditations on Rabbinic Spirituality for a Time of Horrors (in preparation)
Encyclopedia Entry: “Rabbinic Judaism,” in Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, for Oxford University Press (accepted and in press)
In addition to scholarly papers read at numerous regional and national meetings of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Association for Jewish Studies and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the following papers and addresses were prepared in response to invitations from the host institutions.
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