||Appointed teaching staff of Jewish Theological
Seminary of America.
||Assistant Professor in Talmud.
||Senior Lecturer Hebrew Language and Literature, Ben Gurion
University of the Negev (Dept. Chairman, (1981-83) Associate Professor, 4-85
||Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University,
||Senior Lecturer Talmud, Bar-Ilan University, Associate Professor
||Visiting Associate Professor, Near East Languages and Literatures,
||Visiting Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Yeshiva University.
||Full Professor of Talmudic Culture and holder of the Herman
P. and Sophia Taubman Chair, Departments of Near Eastern Studies
and Rhetoric (from Fall 2001), University of California at Berkeley.
||Adjunct Full Professor, Area 8 (Comparative Religion), Graduate
||Visiting Professor of Talmud, Jewish Theological Seminary
||Co-director NEH Summer seminar for College Teachers, Visiting
Professor of Talmud, Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
||Visiting Professor of New Testament and Judaic Origins, Harvard
||Richard and Susan Master Invited Professor, Centro di Studi
Giudaici Cardinal Bea, Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Rome.
Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Visiting Professorship, Centro di Studi Giudaici Cardinal Bea, Pontificia Universita Gregoriana
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SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY
Chair: Jewish Studies Committee, UC @ Berkeley, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1995-1996, 2000-2001.
Member: Academic Senate Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities, 1991-1992
Member: Women's Studies Advisory Board, 1991-92
Member: Middle East Center Executive Committee and undergraduate advisor, 1991-95
Chair of Graduate Student Advisors: Near Eastern Studies, 1991-95
Director Program in Religious Studies, 1991-94
Chair, Joint Graduate Program in Jewish Studies, 1995-1996
Director, Study Center in Jerusalem, 1996-1998
Chair, Joint Graduate Program in Jewish Studies, 2000-2001
Acting Chair, Near Eastern Studies, Fall 2000
Chair, Near Eastern Studies, Fall 2002-Summer 2007
Director Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, Fall 2006-Summer 2111 (term)
Berkeley representative to Academic Assembly, 2009-2010
Townsend Center Advisory Board, 2009-2010
Member Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Honors, 2008-2010
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TO THE PROFESSION
Co-director Center for Hermeneutical Studies, 1992-1996
Evaluator of projects for Memorial Foundation in Jewish Studies, 1991-2, 1995-6, 1996-7, 1997-8, 1998-99.
Evaluator of projects for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Outside Reader for Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Early Christian Studies, and Jewish Quarterly Review.
Member Editorial Board, Journal of the History of Sexuality, term 1993-1996.
Associate Editor, Journal of the History of Sexuality, term 1996- .
Member Editorial Collective, Theory and Critique (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute).
Member, Executive Committee, MLA Division of Religious Approaches to Literature, term 1993-1998.
Convener, Discussion Group on Jewish Cultural Studies, MLA, 1994.
Member, Program Committee, MLA, term 1994-1997.
Member, Advisory Board Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art, Syracuse University Press.
Member, Editorial Board Jewish Quarterly Review.
Member, Advisory Board, Center for Gender and Sexuality, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Co-editor (with Chana Kronfeld), book series: Contraversions: Jews and
Other Differences (until 1997, University of California Press; from
1997, Stanford University Press).
Co-editor (with Virginia Burrus and Derek Krueger), Divinations:
Rereading Late Ancient Religions, University of Pennsylvania Press.
Member, Series Board, Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture, Stanford University Press.
Member, Editorial Board, Journal for the Study of the New Testament.
Member, Editorial Board, From Here, a Hebrew journal of cultural criticism published at Ben-Gurion University.
Member, Editorial Board, Hebrew Studies
National Advisory Board of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and
Member, Advisory Board of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, CUNY (CLAGS)
Member, Editorial Board, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, term 1999-2002
Appointed director, QueerFilmJournal
Member, Editorial board, Queeries: A Journal of Queer Studies
Member, editorial board, Foucault Studies.
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♦ 6/68 B.A., Goddard College.
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♦ 6/71 Master of Hebrew Literature, Jewish Theological Seminary.
♦ 12/72 M.A. Semitic Languages, Columbia University.
Thesis: The Babylonian Aramaic Verb According to Codex Hamburg.
♦ 6/75 Phd. Talmud, Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Dissertation: A Critical Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate
Nazir (Chapters 1-5).
♦ 73-75 Seminars in Aramaic, Yale and Fordham Universities.
♦ 75-76 Post-doctoral courses in linguistics, Columbia University.
♦ 1976 Visiting scholar, Linguistics Society of America, Summer Institute.
♦ 77-78 Visiting scholar, Department of Semitic Languages, Hebrew
♦ Summers 87; 93 participant School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth
HONORS AND AWARDS
Herbert Lehmann Institute of Jewish Theological Seminary.
President's fellowship, Columbia University
Research grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Research fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities.
78-82 Research grant, Machon Ben Zwi.
Dov Sadan Prize, Tel Aviv University.
Research grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Research grant, American Philosophical Society.
Visiting scholar, Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies.
Research grant, British Academy of Sciences.
Research grant, American Philosophical Society.
Horace Goldsmith Fellowship, Yale University.
Research grant, American Council of Learned Societies.
Research grant, Littauer Foundation.
Rosenthal Prize in Talmudic Research, Hebrew University.
Fellowship to attend School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth
Fellow Institute for Advanced Studies of Shalom Hartman
Offered fellowship to Annenberg Institute for Jewish and Near Eastern
Research grant, Littauer Foundation.
Research fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities
Offered Research grant, American Philosophical Society (declined).
President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of
Fellowship from John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
Crompton-Noll Award for best essay in gay and lesbian studies by the
Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the MLA
David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship in German-Jewish History and
Culture, Leo Baeck Institute
Elected Member of Society for New Testament Studies
Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research
Fall, 2001 Berlin Prize Fellow, American Academy in Berlin
Jewish Cultural Achievement In Scholarship Award National Foundation
for Jewish Culture
Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Awarded American Academy of Religion prize for excellence in the
study of religion (historical studies) for Border Lines.
2006 Research Grant from Ford Foundation
2008 Delivered Faculty Research Lecture, UCB
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In addition to scholarly papers read at numerous
national meetings of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of
Biblical Literature, and the Modern Language Association, the following
lectures were delivered in response to invitations from the host
- July, 1988 "Language Inscribed by History on the Bodies of Living Beings," School of Criticism and Theory Lecture Series.
- September 1991 "`This We Know to Be the Carnal
Israel': Circumcision and the Erotic Life of God and Israel,"
- July, 1993 "Rabbis and their Pals," School of Criticism and Theory Lecture Series.
- September, 1993 "Racism, the Talmud, and African American--Jewish Coalition," Emory University.
- November, 1993 "Jewish Masochism: Couvade, Castration, and Rabbis in Pain," SUNY Buffalo.
- July, 1994 "Freud's Baby, Fliess's Maybe: Homophobia,
Antisemitism, and the Invention of Oedipus," School of Criticism and
Theory Lecture Series.
- July, 1994 "The Colonial Drag: Gender, Zionism, and Mimicry," Geisel Lecture, Dartmouth College.
- October, 1994 "Mauschel and Monotheism: The Jew as
Off-White Male," Ethyle Wolfe Center for the Humanities, Brooklyn
- October, 1994 "Cross-Dressing and the Homosocial
Couple in Babylonian Judaism," Dept. of Religion, Columbia University
(also Princeton University, University of Wisconsin @ Madison, and
Johns Hopkins University).
- March, 1995 "Bitextuality, Psychoanalysis, Zionism;
or, the Ambivalence of the Jewish Phallus," Littauer Distinguished
Lecture in Jewish Studies, Duke University.
- April, 1995 "What Does a Jew Want?: The Phallus as
White Mask," Annual Distinguished Lecture of the Philological Society,
Johns Hopkins University.
- November, 1995: "Talmud Torah and the Sexual Contract," University of Michigan Series of Lectures in Talmudic Studies
- November, 1995: "Femminization and Its Discontents: Torah-Study as a System for the Exclusion of Women," Rutgers University
- December, 1995: "Retelling the Story of O.; or,
Bertha Pappenheim, The Fulfillment of a Jewish Woman's Rebellion," San
- May, 1996: "The Colonial Drag: Zionism, Gender, and Mimicry," UCLA Modern European History Seminar
- May, 1996: "Goyim Naches; or, The Mentsh and the Jewish Critique of Romance," UCLA Jewish Studies Series
- October, 1996: "Some Lesbians and Nuns Escape: Gender Theory in the First Century," Drew University Theological School.
- December, 1996: "Virgin Rabbis: Cultural Affinities
and Differences in the Fourth Century," NEH Newberry Library Series of
Lectures on Teaching Gender in the Middle Ages.
- September, 1997: "The Bartered Word: Midrash and
Symbolic Economy," UCHRI, Irvine (also delivered at Philadelphia
Seminar on Christian Origins and at Sheffield University in January,
- January-February, 1998: The Lancaster/Yarnton
lectures on Judaism and Other Religions: four lectures entitled overall:
"Dying for God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and
Judaism." Also delivered in Jerusalem in April of 1998.
- November, 1998: “Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism,” Trinity College, Dublin
- February-March, 1999: “On Stoves, Sex, and
Slave-Girls: Rabbinic Orthodoxy and the Definition of Jewish Identity,”
UCLA, Williams College, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- March, 1999: “A Tale of Two Synods: Nicaea, Yavneh,
and The Early History of Orthodox Judaism,” Kraus Visiting Lectureship
in Jewish Studies, University of Illinois, Champaigne-Urbana
- April, 2000: “The Gospel of the Logos,” Harvard Divinity School
- November, 2000, “Who’s in a Name,” University of Nebraska at Lincoln
- January, 2001, Eckstein Scholar in Residence, Arizona State University
- March, 2001, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Alberta
- April, 2001: “Sacred Polyphonia and Holy Homophonia:
The Text-ures of Rabbinic Judaism and Orthodox Christianity in Late
Antiquity,” The Aaron Roland Lecture in Jewish Studies, Stanford
- October, 2001: The Gates Lectures in Modern Religious Thought, Grinnell College
- October, 2001: The William E. Du Bois Lecture, Humboldt University, Berlin
- November, 2001: Berlin Prize Lecture, American Academy in Berlin
- February-March, 2002: Richard and Susan Master
Invited Professor, Centro di Studi Giudaici Cardinal Bea, Pontificia
Universita Gregoriana, Rome (series of lectures)
- June, 2002: Two day seminar on my work at Tel Aviv University, invited by the Junior Women’s Forum
- July, 2002: One day seminar on my new work on Christianity and Judaism, University of Basel
- 2003: Lecture at University College, London
- November, December 2004: invited lectures at Bowdoin college, Wesleyan Connecticut, and the Evangelische Akademie (Berlin)
- Fall 2004: Invited lecture at the University of Texas
- Fall 2005: Invited Lecture at Duke University in series on Theory and the Premodern text
- Full session on Border Lines at Society of Biblical Literature
- Invited lecture at Yale University
- Invited lecture at Houston Jewish Book Fair
- Fall 2005: Invited lectures at University of Kansas and Rice University
- Spring 2006: Invited lecture at Boston Hebrew College
- Spring 2006: Invited lecture at Bluffton University in Ohio
- Spring 2006: Invited participant (lecture) conference: Why Don’t Christians Do Dialogue, Cambridge University
- Winter 2006: Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Visiting Lectures at Pontificia Universita Gregoriana
- Winter 2006:Seminar at University of Bologna on my work
- Spring 2007:Visiting Fellowship at King’s College Cambridge, delivery of three seminars on my current scholarship
- Spring 2007:read paper to New Testament and Early Judaism seminar, Cambridge University
- Spring 2007:delivered invited paper at Trinity College, Dublin
- Summer 2007:delivered invited paper at Conference in Memory of Menahem Stern, Hebrew University
- Summer 2007:Delivered invited paper at conference in Jewish Christian relations, Lasalle Center, Zug Switzerland
- Summer 2007: leader of one-week seminar at School of Criticism and Theory, delivered public lecture, Cornell University
- January 2008, Meaker Visiting Lecturer, Bristol University, UK
- January 2008, Delivered annual Lipton lecture in Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
- Fall 2008, invited lecture at Yale University
- Fall 2009, invited lecture at Duke University
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Sephardi Speculation: A Study in Methods of Talmudic Interpretation (Hebrew), Machon Ben Zwi: Jerusalem, 1989.
Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash, Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1990. (Finalist for National Jewish Book Award)
Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture,
vol. 25 of The New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics, series
ed. Stephen Greenblatt, University of California Press: Berkeley,
Israel Carnal: lendo o sexo na cultural talmúdica, [Portuguese translation of above], trans. André Cardoso, Imago Editora: Rio de Janeiro, 1994.
A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity,
vol. 1 of Contraversions: Critical Studies in Jewish Literature,
Culture, and Society, series ed. Chana Kronfeld and Daniel Boyarin,
University of California Press: Berkeley, 1994.
Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the
Jewish Man (Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1997).
Habbassar Shebaruah: Siah Hamminiut Bassifrut Hattalmudit (The Flesh in the Spirit: The Discourse of Sexuality in the Talmudic Literature) [Hebrew translation of Carnal Israel], trans. Adi Ophir, Am Oved: Tel Aviv: 1999.
Dying for God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism, Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture, Stanford University Press, 1999.
Den Logos zersplitten: Zur Genealogie der Nichtbestimmbarkeit des Textsinns im Midrasch, Schriftenreihe Ha’Atelier Collegium Berlin, Philo Verlag, Berlin, 2002 (fifty pages)
Powers of Diaspora: Two Essays on the Relevance of Jewish Culture [with Jonathan Boyarin], University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Sparks of the Logos: Essays in Rabbinic Hermeneutics, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 2003.
Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004 [French translation in press]
Mourir pour Dieu: L'Invention du martyre aux origines du judaïsme et du
christianisme [French Translation of Dying for God], Bayard, Paris, 2004. [Italian translation published 2007]
Socrates and the Fat Rabbis, in press Unversity of Chicago Press, expected date of publication October 2009.
Pouvoirs de Diaspora: Essai sur la pertinence de la culture juive [French Translation of Powers of Diaspora], Cerf, Paris, 2007. [Japanese translation published 2008]
Morire per Dio: Il martirio e la formazaione di Christanesimo e Giudaismo [Italian translation of Dying for God], Il Melangelo, Genova, 2008.
DIASPORA NO CHIKARA [Japanese Translation of Powers of Diaspora], Heibonsha Publishers, Tokyo, 2008.
Abgrenzungen: Die Aufspaltung des Judäo-Christentums [German translation of Border Lines], Institut Kirche und Judentum , Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Theologie und Zeitgeschichte. (ANTZ) 10, Dortmund, 2009.
Jews and Other Differences: The New Jewish Cultural Studies, co-edited with Jonathan Boyarin (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997).
Editor of special issue of American Imago: Lacan's Christian Science (Volume 54, Number 2, Summer 1997).
Co-edited Volume: Studies in Rabbinic Literature Presented to H. Z. Dimitrovsky, Judah Magnes Press (Jerusalem) (in Hebrew), 2000.
Co-editor special issue of Journal of the History of Sexuality and author of introduction: “Foucault's History of Sexuality—The Fourth Volume, or, A Field left Fallow for Others to Till”
Theory and the Jewish Question (co-edited with Ann Pellegrini and
Daniel Itzkowitz), Columbia University Press, 2004.
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- Review: Targum Neofyti, ed. A. Diez-Macho, Hadoar, 1972.
- "Reversals of Substantive and Attribute," Leshonenu, 1973,
- "Studies in Babylonian Aramaic," Leshonenu, 1976, pp.
- "The Commentary of R. Yitzhaq Aboab to Chapter Hazzahav,"
Judaica, 1978, pp. 445-511.
- "The Method of Study of the Spanish Exiles," Peamim 3,
1979, pp. 72-82.
- "A Corrected Reading of the New `History of Jesus' Fragment,"
Tarbiz, 1978, pp. 249-252.
- "Towards the Talmudic Lexicon," Tarbiz Jubilee Volume (invited), 1981, pp. 164-191.
- "In the Wake of Lasset Welattet," Leshonenu, 1981, pp.
- "Change in Terminology as a Cause of Difficulty in the Talmudic
Pericope," Prof. Saul
Jubilee Volume (invited), Israel
Academy of Sciences, 1982, pp. 200-213.
- "Studies in the Talmudic Commentary of the Spanish Exiles,
I; The Method of Diaresis,">
Sefunot, New Series, Vol. 2, pp.
- "Towards the Talmudic Lexicon 2," Teuda 3, 1984, pp. 113-119.
- "Towards the Original Text of the Mekilta," Sidra 2, 1986,
- "Hashir weHashevach," Eshel Beersheba 3, (Allony Memorial
Volume), 1986, pp. 91-99.
- "Towards the Talmudic Lexicon 3," Teuda 4, 1986, pp. 116-127.
- "Towards the Talmudic Lexicon 4," Teuda 5 (Dov Iron Memorial
Volume), 1987, pp. .
- "Two Introductions to the Midrash on Song of Songs," Tarbiz 56 (1987), pp. 479-501.
- "`Dorshe Reshumot Have Said'," Beersheva 3 (Moshe Held
Memorial Volume), 1988,
- "Studies in the Talmudic Commentary of the Spanish Exiles,
II," Sefunot, New Series,
Vol. 4 (1989), pp 11-23.
- "Towards the Talmudic Lexicon 5," Menahem Moreshet Memorial
Volume (Ramat Gan,
1990), pp. 35-43.
- "The Form of the Content: Myth and Aggada in Tannaitic Midrash,"
Conference on Rabbinic Thought (Haifa, 1989), pp.
- "Diachrony vs. Synchrony: The Legend of Beruria," Jerusalem
Studies in Jewish Folklore
(1990), pp. 7-17.
- "Midrash and Practice," Saul Lieberman Memorial Volume,
ed. Shamma Friedman (New
York: 1993), pp. 105-119.
- "Thoughts on Rabbinic Hermeneutics," Moshe Goshen-Gottstein
Jubilee Volume (Ramat Gan,
1993), pp. 41-52.
- "Paul and the Genealogy of Gender," Women's Time (Special
Issue of Zemanim: A Historical
Quarterly) 12 (1993), pp. 46-65.
- "Husbands, Wives, and Sexual Discourse: The Talmud Reads Foucault,"
Theory and Criticism:
An Israeli Forum 4 (1993), pp. 161-178
- "Towards the Talmudic Lexicon 6," Eliezer Shimshon Rosenthal
Memorial Volume (Jerusalem,
1993), pp. 13-24.
- "Israel has no Motherland" (with Jonathan Boyarin), Theory
and Criticism: An Israeli Forum 5
(1994), pp. 79-104.
- "Rabbis and their Pals; or, Are there any Jews in `The History
of Sexuality'?," Zemanim: A
Historical Quarterly 52 [Hebrew]
- "The Married Monk: Babylonian Aggada as Evidence for Change
in Babylonian Halacha, A
View into the Lives of Women in Jewish
Societies: Collected Essays, ed. Yael Atzmon (Jerusalem:
Shazar Center for Historical Research, 1995), pp. 77-94.
- "Tricksters, Martyrs, and Appeasers: `Hidden Transcripts' and
the Diaspora Arts of Resistance,"
Theory and Criticism: an
Israeli Forum, 10 (Summer, 1997), pp. 145-162.
- "The Colonial Masqued Ball," Theory and Criticism: an
Israeli Forum, 11 (Winter, 1997),
- “Thinking With Virgins: Engendering Judaeo-Christian Difference,”
Historia 3, February,
1999, pp. 5-31.
- “A Contribution to the History of Martyrology in Judaism,” in H.Z.Dimitrovsky Festschrift,
Magnes Press (Jerusalem: Magnes
Press, 2000), 3-27.
- "A Tale of Two Synods: Nicaea, avneh, and Rabbinic Ecclesiology," in Continuity and Renewal:
Jews and Judaism in Byzantine-Christian Palestine (Jerusalem: Dinur Center for the Study of Jewish
History, 2004), 3001-332.
- “‘He Who Spoke and the World Was’”: On the Logos
and its Suppression, a Chapter in the History of the Religion of the
Rabbis, Jonah Fraenkel Jubilee Volume
[in Hebrew], ed. Joshua Levinson (Jerusalem:Magnes Press, 2007), pp. 151-164.
- “‘A Monstrous Conjugation of Foreign Parts’: the Talmud as Menippean Satire” [in Hebrew],
Teoria uBikkoret: An Israeli Forum, 35 (2009), 37-56.
- "Penitential Liturgy in 4 Ezra," Journal for the Study of Judaism, 1972, pp. 30-34.
- Review of Studies of the Aramaic Papyri, by Yohanan Muffs, Journal of the Ancient Near East Society, 1972, pp. 25-30.
- "Column 36 of the Qumran Job Targum," Journal of the Ancient Near East Society, 1974, pp. 29-33.
- "The Loss of Final Root Consonants in Babylonian Aramaic," Afroasiatic Linguistics, 1976, pp. 103-107.
- Targum Onkelos to the Pentateuch, A Collection of Fragments in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (New York: 1976), ed. and Introduction by Daniel Boyarin, 4 Vols.
- "On the History of the Babylonian Aramaic Reading Traditions," Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 1978, pp. 141-160.
- "The Low Vowel System of Gaonic Aramaic," Israel Oriental Studies, 1979, pp. 129-141.
- Review, J. Sabar, Peshat Wayhi Beshallach, Maarav, 1982, pp. 99-114.
- "On the Emergence of the Aramaic Dialects," Essays in Historical Linguistics in Memory of J. Alexander Kerns ed. Yoël Arbeitman (Amsterdam: 1982), pp. 613-649.
- "Rhetoric and Interpretation: The Case of the Nimshal," Prooftexts, 1985, pp. 269-276.
- "Voices in the Text," Revue biblique, October, 1986, pp. 581-598.
- "Pilpul, The Logic of Commentary," Dor le Dor, 1986, pp. 82-106.
- "Analogy vs. Anomaly in Midrashic Hermeneutic," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 106.4 (1986), pp. 659-667.
- "Old Wine in New Bottles: Intertextuality and Midrash," Poetics Today, 8:4 (1987), pp. 539-557.
- "Bilingualism and Meaning in Rabbinic Literature," Fucus: A Semitic/Afrasian Gathering in Remembrance of Alfred Ehrman, (=Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 58) ed. Yoël Arbeitman (Amsterdam, 1988), pp. 141-152.
- "Language Inscribed by History on the Bodies of Living Beings: Midrash and Martyrdom," Representations, 25 (Winter, 1989), pp. 139-151.
- "Towards a Dialogue with Edward Said" (with Jonathan Boyarin), Critical Inquiry 15 (1989), pp. 626-633.
- "The Sea Resists: Midrash and the (Psycho)dynamics of Intertexuality," Poetics Today 10:4 (1989), pp. 661-677.
- "Inner Biblical Ambiguity, Intertextuality and the Dialectic of Midrash: The Waters of Marah," Prooftexts 10:1 (1990), pp. 29-49.
- "The Song of Songs: Lock or Key?," in The Book and the Text: Bible and Literary Theory, ed. Regina Schwartz (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990), pp. 214-231.
- "The Eye in the Torah: Ocular Desire in Midrashic Hermeneutic," Critical Inquiry (Spring, 1990), pp. 532-550.
- "The Politics of Biblical Narratology: Reading the Bible Like\as a Woman," diacritics 20:2 (Winter, 1990), 31-42.
- "History Becomes Parable: a Reading of the Midrashic Mashal," Mappings of the Biblical Terrain: The Bible as Text (=Bucknell Review (1990), ed. Vincent L. Tollers and John Maier (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press), pp. 54-72.
- "Literary Fat Rabbis: On the Historical Origin of the Grotesque Body," The Journal of the History of Sexuality 1:4 (Spring, 1991), pp. 551-584.
- "Reading Androcentrism Against the Grain: Women, Sex and Torah-Study," Poetics Today. 12:2 (Spring, 1991), pp. 29-53.
- "Internal Opposition in Talmudic Literature: The Case of the Married Monk," Representations (36, Fall, 1991), pp. 87-113.
- "Behold Israel According to the Flesh": On Anthropology and Sexuality in Late Antique Judaisms," Yale Journal of Criticism. (5:2, Spring, 1992), 25-55.
- "`This We Know to Be the Carnal Israel': Circumcision and the Erotic Life of God and Israel," Critical Inquiry. (Spring, 1992), 474-506.
- "The Great Fat Massacre: Sex, Death and the Grotesque Body in the Talmud," in People of the Body, ed. Howard Eilberg-Schwartz (Suny Press, 1992), 69-102.
- "On the Status of the Tannaitic Midrashim," Journal of the American Oriental Society. (1993), 455-465.
- "Paul and the Genealogy of Gender," Representations 41 (Winter, 1993): 1-33.
- "Placing Reading: Ancient Israel and Medieval Europe," in The Ethnography of Reading, ed. Jonathan Boyarin (University of California Press, 1993): 10-37.
- "Diaspora: Generation and the Ground of Jewish Identity," (with Jonathan Boyarin) Critical Inquiry 19:4 (Summer, 1993): 693-725.
- "The Subversion of the Jews: Moses's Veil and The Hermeneutics of Supersession," diacritics, 23:2 (Summer, 1993): 16-35.
- "Was Paul an `Anti-Semite?': A Reading of Galatians 3-4," Union Seminary Quarterly Review 47:1-2 (1993): 47-80.
- “Épater l'embourgeoisement: Freud, Gender, and the (De)Colonized Psyche,” diacritics, 24:1 (Spring, 1994): 17-42.
- “Jewish Masochism: Couvade, Castration, and Rabbis in Pain,” American Imago 51:1 (Spring, 1994): 3-36.
- “Are there any Jews in `The History of Sexuality'?,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 5:3 (January, 1995): 333-355.
- "Self-exposure as Theory: The Double Mark of the Male Jew" (with Jonathan Boyarin), Rhetorics of Self-Making, ed. Debbora Battaglia (University of California Press, 1995): 16-42.
- "Freud's Baby, Fliess's Maybe: Homophobia, Antisemitism, and the Invention of Oedipus," GLQ 2:1 (1995), special issue, Pink Freud,
ed. Diana Fuss: 1-33. [winner Crompton-Noll Award for best essay in
gay and lesbian studies by the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the MLA]:
- "Take the Bible for Example: Midrash as Theory," Unruly Examples: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Literature and Philosophy, ed. Alexander Gelley (Stanford University Press, 1995): 27-47 and 330-336.
- "Rabbinic Resistance to Male Domination: A Case Study in Talmudic Cultural Poetics," Interpreting Judaism in a Postmodern Age, ed. Steven Kepnes (New York: New York University Press, 1995), 118-141.
- "Dialectics of Desire: `The Evil Instinct is Very Good'," Jewish Explorations of Sexuality, ed. Jonathan Magonet (London: Berghahn Books, 1995), 27-40.
- "Homotopia: The Feminized Jewish Man and the Lives of Women in Late Antiquity," differences, 7:2 (Summer, 1995): 41-81.
- "Body Politics among the Brides of Christ: Paul and the Origins of Christian Sexual Renunciation," in, Asceticism, eds. Vincent L. Wimbush and Richard Valantasis (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995): 459-478.
- "`An Imaginary and Desirable Converse': Moses and Monotheism as Family Romance," in Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book, eds. Timothy K. Beal and David M. Gunn (London: Routledge, 1996): 184-204.
- "Justify My Love," in, Judaism Since Gender, eds. Laura Levitt and Miriam Peskowitz (New York: Routledge, 1996): 131-137.
- "What Does a Jew Want?; or, The Political Meaning of the Phallus," Discourse, 19:2, special issue on the Psychoanalysis of Race, ed. Christopher Lane, Winter 1997: 21-52.
- Idem, in The Pschoanalysis of Race, ed. Christopher Lane (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998): 211-240.
- "Massada or Yavneh?, Gender and the Arts of Jewish Resistance," in Jews and Other Differences: the New Jewish Cultural Studies, ed. Daniel Boyarin and Jonathan Boyarin (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997): 306-329.
- "Torah-Study and the Making of Jewish Gender," in, The Feminist Companion to Biblical Approaches and Methodologies, ed. Athalya Brenner and Carole Fontaine, JSOT Beihefte. (Sheffield: JSOT, 1997): 585-621.
- "Des Eve multiples: Origines mythiques de la femme et discourse du sexe conjugal," in, Transmission et passages en monde juif, ed. Esther Benbassa (Paris: Publisud, 1997): 33-63.
- "Y-a-til des Juifs dans "l'histoire de la sexualitè?", Le corps du texte: Pour un anthropologie des textes de la tradition juive, ed. Florence Heymann et Danielle Storper Perez (Paris: CNRS Editions, 1997): 145-172.
- "Jewish Cricket," PMLA, 113:1 (January, 1998): 40-45.
- "Readings in the Le*ḥem Mishneh," Studies in a Rabbinic Family: the de Botons, ed. Menahem Ben-Sasson et al (Jerusalem: Misgav Yerushalayim, 1998): 19-98.
- "Goyim Naches; or, Modernity and the Manliness of the Mentsh," in Modernity, Culture and "the Jew," ed. Bryan Cheyette and Laura Marcus (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998): 63-87.
- “Gender,” in Critical Terms for Religious Studies, ed. Mark C. Taylor (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1998): 117-135.
- "The Talmud Meets Church History," diacritics, 28:2 (Summer, 1998): 52-80 .
- "Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism," Journal of Early Christian Studies, 6:4 (December, 1998): 577-627.
- “Anna O(rthodox): Bertha Pappenheim and the Making of Jewish Feminism,” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, special issue on Experience, Representation, and Gender, ed. Grace M. Jantzen 80:3 (Autumn, 1998): 65-87.
- “Virgins in Brothels: Gender and Religious Ecotypification,” Estudos de Literatura Oral, 5 (1999), Universidade do Algarve, Portugal: 195-217.
- “A Tale of Two Synods: Nicaea, Yavneh, and the Early History of Orthodox Judaism,” Exemplaria, 12.1(Spring, 2000): 21-62 .
- "The Bartered Word: Midrash and Symbolic Economy," Aporemata: Kritische Studien zur Philologiegeschichte, Vol. 4 (2000), ed. Glenn W. Most: 19-65.
- "Outing Freud's Zionism; or, The Diaspora Politics of a Bitextual Jew," in Queer Diasporas, ed. Cindy Patton and Benigno Sánchez-Eppler, Duke University Press (2000), pp. 71-104.
- “The Close Call; or, Could a Pharisee be a Christian,” in Mapping Jewish Identities (ed. Lawrence Silverstein), New York University Press, 2000, pp. 266-298.
- “Talmudic texts and Jewish social life,” in Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice, ed. Richard Valantasis, Princeton University Press.
- “The Colonial Drag: Zionism, Gender, and Mimicry,” in The Pre-Occupation of Post-Colonial Studies, ed. Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, Duke University Press, 2000, pp. 234-265.
- “Women's Bodies and the Rise of the Rabbis: The Case of Sotah,” in Jews and Gender: The Challenge to Hierarchy=Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Vol. XVI, 2001, pp. 88-100.
- “On Stoves, Sex, and Slave-girls: Rabbinic Orthodoxy and the Definition of Jewish Identity,” Hebrew Studies 41, 2000, 169-188.
- “`After the Sabbath, at the moment when the first day was about to shine,’: (Matt. 28:1)-Once More Into the Crux,” Journal of Theological Studies, NS 52:, Oct. 2001, 678-688.
- “Justin Martyr Invents Judaism,” Church History 70: 3 (September 2001), 427-461.
- “The Gospel of the Memra: Jewish Binitarianism and the Prologue to John,” Harvard Theological Review 94:3 (July, 2001), 243-284.
- “One Church; One Voice: the Drive Towards Homonoia in Orthodoxy,” Religion and Literature 33:2 (Summer 2001), 1-22.
- “Moslem, Christian, and Jewish Cultural Interaction in Sefardic Talmudic Interpretation,” Journal of Rabbinic Judaism, 5:1.
- “The Ioudaioi in John and the Prehistory of ‘Judaism’,” in Pauline Conversations in Context: Essays in Honour of Calvin J. Roetzel (Sheffield: 2002), pp. 224-250.
- “The Diadoche of the Rabbis; or, Rabbi Judah at Yavneh,” in Jewish Culture and Society Under the Christian Roman Empire, eds. Richard Kalmin and Seth Schwartz (Peeters: Louvain), 2003, 285-318.
- “Shattering the Logos: Hermeneutics Between a Hammer and a Hard Place,” in The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology (Oxford: 2001 ), pp. 311-323.
- “On the history of the early Phallus,” Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages, ed. Sharon Farmer and Carol Pasternack (Minneapolis: 2003):3-44.
- “The Genealogy of Indeterminacy,” The Talmud Yerushalmi and Graeco-Roman Culture III, ed. Peter Schäfer (Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck), 2003, 273-299.
- “Semantic Differences; or, ‘Judaism’/’Christianity’,” The Ways that Never Parted, edited by Peter Schäfer and Annette Yoshiko Reed (Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2003), 65-86.
- “Two Powers in Heaven; or, The Making of a Heresy,” The Idea of Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Honor of James L. Kugel (Leiden: Brill, 2003), 331-370.
- “Homophobia and the Postcoloniality of the “Jewish Science,” in Queer Theory and the Jewish Question (ed. Daniel Boyarin, Ann Pellegrini, and Daniel Itzkowitz), Columbia University Press, 2004, 166-198.
- “The Christian Invention of Judaism: The Theodosian Empire and the Rabbinic Refusal of Religion,” Representations 85 (Spring, 2004), 21-57.
- “By Way of Apology: Dawson, Edwards, Origen,” in Studia Philonica Annual, Vol. XVI (2004):188-217.
- “A Tale of Two Synods: Nicaea, Yavneh, and the Early History of Orthodox Judaism,” in “Turn it Again: Jewish medieval Studies and Literary Theory, ed. Sheila Delany (Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 2005), 20-58 (reprint of #96).
- “Midrash and the ‘Magic Language’: Reading without Logocentrism,” in Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments, ed. Yvonne Sherwood & Kevin Hart (London:Routledge, 2005), 131-139.
- “Archives in the Fiction: Rabbinic Historiography and Church History,” in The Cultural Turn in Late Ancient Studies: Gender, Asceticism, and Historiography, ed. Dale B. Martin and Patricia Cox Miller (Durham, NC: Duke, 2005), 175-192.
- “The Yavneh-Cycle of the Stammaim and the Invention of the Rabbis,” in Creation and Composition: The Contribution of the Bavli Redactors to the Aggadah, ed. J. L. Rubenstein (Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2005), 237-289.
- “Hybridity and Heresy: Apartheid Comparative Religion in Late Antiquity,” in Postcolonial Studies and Beyond,
eds. Ania Loomba, Suvir Kaul, Matti Bunzl,
Antoinette Burton, and Jed Esty (Durham, NC: Duke University Press,
- “Hybridity as Subversion of Orthodoxy?: Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity,” (with Virginia Burrus), Social Compass, 52 (2005):431-441.
- “The Parables of
Enoch and the Foundation of the Rabbinic Sect: an Hypothesis,” in Mauro
Perani (ed.), THE WORDS OF A WISE MOUTH ARE GRACIOUS.
DIVRE PI-HAKAM HEN. Festschrift for Günter
Stemberger on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, De Gruyter Press,
Series “Studia Judaica”, Berlin 2005, pp 1-22.
- “What Kind of a Jew is an Evangelist,” in Those Outside: Noncanonical Readings of Canonical Gospels, ed. by George Aichele and Richard Walsh, (London: T& T Clark, 2005), 149-219.
- “Apartheid Comparative Religion in the Second Century: Some Theory and a Case Study in Reading,” in Theory and the Pre-Modern Text, The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 36.1 (Winter, 2006), 3-34.
- “De/Re/constructing Midrash,” in Current Trends in the Study of Midrash, ed. Carol Bakhos (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2006), 299-321.
- “Why Is Rabbi Yoḥanan a Woman?;, or a Queer Marriage Gone Bad: ‘Platonic Love’ in the Talmud,” in Authorizing Marriage?: Canon, Tradition, and Critique in the Blessing of Same-sex Unions, ed. Mark Jordan (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), 52-67 and 178-184.
- “Anecdotal Evidence: The Yavneh Conundrum, Birkat Hamminim, and the Problem of Talmudic Historiography,” in The Mishna in Contemporary Perspective, ed. Alan J. Avery-Peck and Jacob Neusner (2006).
- “What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Platonic Love,” in Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline, ed. Virginia Burrus and Catherine Keller (New York: Fordham University Press: 2006), pp. 3-22 and 375-384.
- “Talmud and “Fathers of the Church”: Theologies and the Making of Books,” in The Early Christian Book, ed. by William E. Klingshirn and Linda Safran (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2007), pp. 69-85.
- “Hellenism in Jewish Babylonia,” in The Cambridge Companion to Rabbinic Literature, eds. Charlotte Fonrobert, Martin Jaffee (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 336-363.
- “Philo, Origen, and the Rabbis on Divine Speech and Interpretation,” Essays in Honor of David W. Johnson, ed. James E. Goehring and Janet A. Timbie (Washington, D. C., Catholic University Press, 2007), pp. 113-129.
- “Against Rabbinic Theology: Textual Reasoning and the Jewish Theology of Sex,” in Queer Theology:Rethinking the Western Body, Ed. Gerard Loughlin (Oxford, Blackwell, 2007, pp. 131-146.
- “The Christian Invention of Judaism: The Theodosian Empire and the Rabbinic Refusal of Religion,” in Religion, Beyond a Concept, ed. Hent de Vries (New York, Fordham University Press, 2008), pp. 150-177 (repr of 118 above).
- “The Scandal of Sophism: On the Epistemological Seriousness of Relativism,” Common Knowledge, special issue, A “Dictatorship of Relativism,” Vol. 13, 2-3 (Spring 2007), 315-336.
- “Dialectic and Divination in the Talmud,” The End of Ancient Dialogue, ed. Simon Goldhill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2008), 217-241.
- “The Talmud as a Fat Rabbi: A Novel Approach,” Text and Talk, 28:5 (September 2008), 603-620.
- “Patron Saint of the Incongruous: Rabbi Meʾir, The Talmud, and Menippean Satire,” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 35, 3 (Spring 2009), 523-551.
- “Paul among the Antiphilosophers; or, Saul among the Sophists,” in St. Paul Among the Philosophers, ed. John D. Caputo and Linda Martin Alcoff (Indiana University Press: 2009), 109-141.
- “Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and Jewish Masculinity,” in Krondorfer, Björn, ed. Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism: A Critical Reader (London: SCM Press: 2009), 79-95, excerpted from Unheroic Conduct.
- “Sleeping with a Prophet: On the Erotic Adventures of Rabbi Meir.” Jewish/Christian/Queer: Crossroads and Identities. Ed. Frederick Roden. Queer Interventions. (Farnham, Ashgate: 2009). 35–46.
- “Rethinking Jewish-Christianity: An Argument for Dismantling a Dubious Category (to which is Appended a Correction of my Border Lines). Jewish Quarterly Review 99:1 (Winter 2009), 7-36.
- “Origen as Theorist of Allegory.” The Cambridge Companion to Allegory. Ed. Rita Copeland and Peter T. Struck. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 2010. 39-54.
- “Beyond Judaisms: Meṭaṭron and the Divine Polymorphy of Ancient Judaism,” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Periods (41:July, 2010), 323-365.
- “The Sovereignty of the Son of Man: Reading Mark 2,” in, Robert Coote and Annette Weissenrieder, The Interface of Orality and Writing [Annette Wire Festschrift] (Mohr-Siebeck, Tübingen: 2010), 352-361.
- “Othello’s Penis; or, Islam in the Closet,” Shakesqueer, ed. Madhavi Menon (Duke University Press, Durham, NC: 2010).
- “The Double Mark of the Male Muslim: Eraceing Othello,” The Political Theology of Race, ed. Vincent Lloyd, Gregory Kaplan, Duke University Press
- “Thucydides the Protagorean; or, Dialogue in Thucydides,” Representations.
- “How Enoch can Teach us About Jesus,” Early Christianity.
- “Daniel 7, Intertextuality, and the History of Israel’s Cult,” Harvard Theological Review.
- “Jesus Kept Kosher: Mark 7 and the Non-Parting of the Ways,” Prooftexts.
- “A Jewish Reader of Jesus: Mark, the Evangelist,” The Jewish Jesus, ed. Neta Stahl.
- “Once Again Birkat Hamminim Revisited,” Revisiting the Parting of the Ways, ed. Bernard Poudheron, Simone Mimouni.
The Jewish Gospel: The Judaism of Mark the Evangelist, under contract, The New Press.
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Dalia Hoshen -- The Fire-Symbol in the Literature of the Sages (PhD., Bar-Ilan University, 1990).
Christine Hayes -- Between the Babylonian and
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Sugyot from Tractate Avodah Zarah (PhD., Near-Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, 1993).
Rachel Arava -- "Precious Shall be Your Blood": Women's Perception and Experience of Menstruation in Traditional Judaism (Master's Thesis [Master's of Science, Health and Medical Sciences, UC Berkeley, 1993]).
Charlotte Fonrobert -- Women's Bodies, Women's Blood: Politics of Gender in Rabbinic Literature (PhD., Center for Jewish Studies, GTU, 1995).
Shlomo Fischer -- The "Give and Take" of the Babylonian Talmud: Discourse and the Spirit of Carnival (Master's, Touro College, Jerusalem, 1996).
Jonathan Lee Seidel -- Studies in Ancient Jewish Magic (PhD., Near-Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, 1997).
Willis Johnson -- Between Christians and Jews: The Formation of Anti-Jewish Stereotypes in Medieval England (PhD., Near-Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, 1997).
Gil Anidjar -- At Our Place in Al-Andalus: Declinations of Place in Jewish Letters (PhD., Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, 1997)--codirected with Judith Butler.
Nina Caputo “And God Rested on the Seventh Day...”: Time, History and Creation in Medieval Jewish Culture-- (PhD. Department of History, UC Berkeley, 1999)--co-directed with Geoffrey Koziol
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Henry Millstein -- Embodying Empire: Rabbinic and early Christian representations of Roman power (PhD, Jewish Studies, UC Berkeley, 2006)
Vincent Lloyd -- "Beyond Supersessionism: Gillian Rose and the Rhetoric of Transcendence" (PhD, Rhetoric, 2007)
Julia Watts Belser -- "Between the Human and the Holy: The Construction of Talmudic Theology in Massekhet Ta’anit" (PhD, Jewish Studies, UC Berkeley, 2007)
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