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New PDFs

It is that time of year: CV updating, annual reports, and general housekeeping.  Toward that end I just added two new PDF articles to my Research page.  One is an article entitled “Jew or Judaean,” and the other, “What Does Love Have to Do With It?  Sibling Relationships among Judean Jews in the First-Third Centuries...

Beggar at the Banquet

At this year’s Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting I will be presenting two papers.  The first of these, entitled “Beggar at the Banquet,” will be given in a joint session sponsored by the Meals in the Greco-Roman World Section and the Meals in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Consultation (S23-330).  The topic of the session...

Sibling Relationships among Jews in Antiquity

A new essay of mine just appeared: “What Does Love Have to Do with It?  Sibling Relationships among Judean Jews in the First-Third Centuries CE,” in Ehe-Familie-Gemeinde (eds. Dorothee Dettinger and Christof Landmesser), 103-16. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlangsanstalt, 2014. PDF available here.

New Course: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean

Yes, I have the privilege of teaching two new courses this fall.  Herein is the Syllabus for my graduate seminar.  The description is below: The terms religion, ethnicity, and (less frequently) race are often used in discussions of the ancient Mediterranean. In recent years, however, they have been coming under increasing interrogation: Do the ancients...

Interview on the Moncrieff Show

I was interviewed today on the Moncrieff Show, on Dublin’s Newstalk Radio, about How the Bible Became Holy. The interview can be heard here.

New Course Syllabus: Great Jewish Books

I will be teaching a new course this fall (2014) entitled Great Jewish Books.  The description is: Judaism is sometimes defined as an extended conversation between writers in different places and times, writing in different languages. This course will give you access into this conversation. Who are the major thinkers and their works? What are...

More Reviews

Reviews of How the Bible Became Holy have begun to appear.  Here are the ones that I know about: JWeekly: http://www.jweekly.com/includes/print/71803/article/off-the-shelf-new-books-offer-fresh-perspectives-on-ancient-texts/ The Jewish Daily Forward:  http://forward.com/articles/200343/how-we-know-the-bible-was-written-by-human-hands/?p=all Commentary: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/missing-the-text/ Los Angeles Review of Books: http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/timely-history-timeless-story There has also been a surprisingly sophisticated discussion of the book appearing in less formal web venues, which is especially gratifying....

Hiring for an Academic Job (2): Data

In the last post I discussed the benefits of a search committee or (better) entire academic unit determining, in advance and as specifically as possible, the criteria that will be used in the process of an academic job search.  Here, using for illustrative purposes the criteria developed in the last post, I want to discuss...

Jewish Time in Early Nineteenth Century America

A new article of mine just appeared in the American Jewish Archives Journal. Abstract: Jewish Time in Early-Nineteenth-Century America: 1–29 In 1806, a clerk in Newport, Rhode Island, by the name of Moses Lopez published the first free-standing Jewish calendar in the Americas. In this article, Satlow investigates both the historical context in which this...
Passover and the Festival of Matzot

Passover and the Festival of Matzot

I have a new essay, “Passover and the Festival of Matzot: Synthesizing Two Holidays,” over at thetorah.com.  Check it out here!
The Most Popular Kind of Judaism

The Most Popular Kind of Judaism

  The other day I found myself with an awkward amount of free time between serious commitments — the kind of pocket of time that is too long to really justify playing with Facebook but too short to get engaged in any project that required concentration.  So I decided to whittle away the time on...
The Curious Case of the CCAR and Adolf Eichmann

The Curious Case of the CCAR and Adolf Eichmann

Imagine, for a moment, that you run an organization that is staunchly anti-death penalty.  Now, to make things interesting, imagine that that organization is the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).  And to make things really interesting, imagine that you just learned that the Israeli courts have confirmed the conviction and death penalty of Adolf...