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CURRICULUM VITAE
YARON Z. ELIAV
University of Michigan, 2121 Woodside Rd.

Department of Near Eastern Studies Ann Arbor MI 48104

202 South Thayer Street Tel: 734-222-0248

Ann Arbor MI 48104-1608 yzeliav@umich.edu

Tel: 734-6474638; FAX 734-9362679
Present Position
University of Michigan, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Associate Professor for Rabbinic Literature and Jewish History of Late Antiquity

Education
1999 Hebrew University, Jerusalem Ph.D. (Ancient Judaism and Archaeology)

1995/6 Princeton University Fulbright student – Department of Religion

1993 Hebrew University, Jerusalem M.A. Independent Program in Humanities

Summa Cum Laude

1990 Open University of Israel B.A. Jewish Studies and History Cum Laude



Professional Experience


    1. Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Senior Fellow.

2000-Present University of Michigan Courses taught:

1. Introduction to World Religions

2. Halakha: Jewish Law in Its Historical Context

3. The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages

4. Jewish Life in Late Antiquity

5. Introduction to Rabbinic Literature and Civilization

6. Reading the Rabbis

7. Sacred Space in Roman-Byzantine Palestine

8. Talmud Bavli Tractate Kiddushin

9. Jerusalem and the Three Monotheistic Religions

10. Galilee in the Graeco-Roman Period

1998-9 New York University Dorot Post-Doc Fellow

1995-6 Princeton University Teaching Assistant (as a Fulbright Fellow)

1992-8 Hebrew University Instructor



Fellowships, Grants, and Awards
2011 Rackham Summer research Grant

2007 Michigan Humanities Award

2006 Winner of the Salo Baron prize for best first book in Judaic Studies given by the American Academy for Jewish Studies.

2005 Winner of the Theology and Religious Studies award in the Professional and Scholarly Publishing awards given by the Association of American Publishers for the book God's Mountain: the Temple Mount in Time, Space, and Memory

2004-5 Senior Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2004 Faculty Enhancement Award (University of Michigan)

2003 LSA ITC Faculty Grant (University of Michigan)

Rackham Faculty Research Grant (University of Michigan)

2002 CRLT Faculty Development Award (University of Michigan)

2001 Grants from the University of Michigan office of Vice President for Research and the Fraenkel Center for Judaic Studies for the completion of book on the Temple Mount.

1999 Bernard M. Bloomfield Prize for Outstanding Doctorate Dissertation in the Humanities Hebrew University

1998-2000 Dorot Post Doctorate Fellowship New York University

1995-6 Fulbright Fellowship Princeton University

1994-7 Rotenstreich Fellowship Israeli Council for Higher Education

1994-5 Research Award Jewish Memorial Foundation

1994 The Francis Günter Award for Jerusalem Studies

1993 M.A. Grant for Excellence Hebrew University

A. & R. Negev Award Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew U.

Kahana Award Institute of Jewish Studies, Hebrew U.

1992 Rector Award Hebrew University

Gutwirth Award Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew U.

1991 Excellence Grant Hebrew University.



Publications
Books
God's Mountain: The Temple Mount in Time, Space, and Memory (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005; paperback 2008).

Awards: (1) Winner of the 2005 Theology and Religious Studies award in the Professional and Scholarly Publishing awards given by the Association of American Publishers; (2) Winner of the 2006 Salo Baron prize for best first book in Judaic Studies given by the American Academy for Jewish Studies.

Reviews (selection): Library Journal (Dec. 2005); Jewish Herald Voice (Dec. 8, 2005); Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.02.32; Choice Magazine 43:10 (2006); The Michigan Israel Observer 2 (2006) 82-86; The Reporter (May 5, 2006) 4; Ha’arets (Sep 15, 2006; Heb); Journal of Roman Archaeology 19 (2006) 661-665; Journal for the study of Judaism 38 (2007) 104-5; Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 25.4 (2007) 201-203; Journal of Religious History 24 (2010) 241-242
A Jew in the Roman Bathhouse: The Poetics of Cultural Interaction in the Roman Mediterranean (in preparation).

Edited Volumes
Anita Norich and Yaron Z. Eliav, eds., Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intertext (Brown Judaic Studies 349; Providence RI, 2008).

Reviews (selection): RBL 2009/2
With Elise Friedland and Sharon Herbert – The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion 9; Leuven: Peeters, 2008).

Reviews (selection): JSJ 41 (2010) 387-389; JRA 23(2010) 762-773

Collection of Sources
Sites, Institutions and Daily Life in Tiberias during the Talmudic Period: A Source Book (Mi'tuv T'veria 10), Jerusalem: Ariel and Bar-Ilan University Press, 1995. (Heb.)
With Ralph Williams and Alexander Knysh, Judaism, Christianity, Islam: A Source Book (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 2005; revised edition 2007).
With Elise Friedland – Statues of the Roman East: An Illustrated and Annotated Collection of Sources (in preparation).

Articles/Essays/Chapters in Books


  1. "Jewish Bath-Houses in the Roman Period: A Test-case of the Confluence of Archaeological Finds and Talmudic Texts." Nineteenth Archaeological Conference in Israel (summaries), Jerusalem 1993, pp. 25-26. (Heb.)

  2. "Did the Jews at First Abstain from Using the Roman Bath-House?," Cathedra, 75 (1995), pp. 3-35. (Heb.)

  3. "Pylè - Puma - Sfat Medinah and a Halacha Concerning Bath-houses," Sidra, 11 (1995), pp. 5-19 (Heb.)

  4. "What Happened to Rabbi Abbahu at the Tiberian Bath-House? - The Place of Realia and Daily Life in the Talmudic Aggada," Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, 17 (1995), pp. 7-20. (Heb.)

  5. "Hadrian's Actions in the Jerusalem Temple Mount According to Cassius Dio and Xiphilini Manus," Jewish Studies Quarterly, 4 (1997), pp. 125-144.

  6. "Second Temple Period," A bibliographical entry in Encyclopedia Judaica, an electronic revised edition, Jerusalem 1997.

  7. "Abraham Kahana (1874-1946): A Self-Trained Scholar and Publisher in Jewish Studies," Kiryat Sefer: Collected Essays, Supplement to Vol. 68 (1998), pp. 7-19 (Heb.).

  8. "'Interpretive Citation' in the Epistle of Barnabas and the Early Christian Attitude towards the Temple Mount," in: C.A. Evans (ed.), The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity (JSPS 33; Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity 7; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000), pp. 353-362.

  9. "The Place of James' Tomb and the Status of the Temple Mount in Judaism and Christianity after 70 CE," in: Proceedings of the 12th International conference of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem: Magnes, 2000), pp. 1-9. (Heb.); see also no. 16.

  10. "The Roman Bath as a Jewish Institution: Another Look at the Encounter between Judaism and the Greco-Roman Culture", Journal for the Study of Judaism, 31 (2000), pp. 416-454.

  11. "The Temple Mount in Jerusalem as a Cultic Site and Political Center in Judaism and Christianity," in: Y. Reiter (ed.), Sovereignty of God and Man: Sanctity and Political Centrality on the Temple Mount (JIIS 88; Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Center for Israel Studies, 2001), pp. 25-56 (Heb.). For a revised English version see no. 22.

  12. "Realia, Daily Life, and the Transmission of Local stories During the Talmudic Period," in: L.V. Rutgers (ed.), What Athens has to do with Jerusalem: Essays on Classical, Jewish and Early Christian Archaeology In Honor of Gideon Foerster (Leuven: Peeters, 2002), pp. 235-265.

  13. "Viewing the Sculptural Environment; Shaping the Second Commandment," in: Peter Schäfer (ed.), The Talmud Yerushalmi and Graeco-Roman Culture III (Texte und Studien zum Antiken Judentum 93; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2002), pp. 411-433.

  14. "The Urban Layout of Aelia Capitolina: A New View from the Perspective of the Temple Mount," in: Peter Schäfer (ed.), The Bar Kokhba War Reconsidered (Texte und Studien zum Antiken Judentum 100; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003), pp. 241-277.

  15. "On Idolatry in the Roman Bath House – Two Comments," Cathedra, 110 (2003), pp. 173-180 (Heb.).

  16. "The Tomb of James Brother of Jesus as Locus Memoriae," Harvard Theological Review, 97 (2004), pp. 32-59. See also no. 9.

  17. "The Matrix of Ancient Judaism: A Review Essay of Seth Schwartz's Imperialism and Jewish Society 200 BCE to 640 CE," Prooftexts, 24 (2004), pp. 116-128.

  18. "The Temple Mount, the Rabbis, and the Poetics of Memory," Hebrew Union College Annual, 74 (2004), pp. 49-113

  19. "A New/Old Reading of the lithos epi lithon Prophecy and the Role of the Temple Mount in the Jesus Movement," in: J. Pastor and M. Mor (eds.), The Beginnings of Christianity (Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi, 2005), pp. 325-347.

  20. "Jews and Judaism 70-429 CE," in: D. Potter (ed.), A Companion to the Roman World (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 565-586.

  21. "Roman Statues, Rabbis, and Graeco-Roman Culture," in: A. Norich and Y.Z. Eliav (eds.), Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intertext (Brown Judaic Studies 349; Providence RI, 2008), pp. 99-115.

  22. "The Temple Mount in Jewish and Early Christian Traditions: A New Look," in: T. Mayer and S.A. Mourad (eds.), Jerusalem: Idea and Reality (London and New York: Routledge, 2008), pp. 47-66. Revised English version of no. 11.

  23. "The Desolating Sacrilege: A Jewish Christian Discourse on Statuary, Space, and Power," in: Y.Z. Eliav et al. (eds.), The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion 9; Leuven: Peeters, 2008), pp. 605-627.

  24. "Secularism, Hellenism, and Rabbis in Antiquity," in: Z. Gitelman (ed.), Religion or Ethnicity: Jewish Identities in Evolution (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press; 2009), pp. 7-23.

  25. "A Scary Place: Jewish Magic in the Roman Bathhouse," in: L. Di Segni et al. (eds.), Man Near a Roman Arch: Studies Presented to Prof. Yoram Tsafrir (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2009), pp. 88-97.

  26. "Jacob Neusner and the Scholarship on Ancient Judaism: Introduction," Henoch 31 (2009).

  27. Entry on "Jerusalem," in: M. Gagarin (ed.), Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (7 vols.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 4:112-115.

  28. Entry on "Jews and Judaism," in: M. Gagarin (ed.), Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (7 vols.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 4:123-131.

  29. "Bathhouses as Places of Social and Cultural Interactions," in: C. Hezser (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 605-622.

  30. Entry on "Baths," in: J. J. Collins and D. C. Harlow (eds.), The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2010), 432-434.

  31. Entry on "Medicine and Hygiene," in: J. J. Collins and D. C. Harlow (eds.), The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2010), 929-931.

  32. Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough, the author of Jewish Symbols in the Greco-Roman Period, and his Scholarly Work," in: I. Gafni & A. Oppenheimer (eds.), Jewish and Christian Scholars of the Twentieth Century (accepted; Heb.).

  33. Entries on Herodis, Tiberias and Paneas in The New Onomasticon of Ancient Palestine (ed. L.I. Levine; Jerusalem: Hebrew University, in press; Heb.).

  34. "The World of (Rabbinic) Babylonia as Seen from Roman Palestine: Some Preliminary Observations,” in: Mark Geller and Shaul Shaked (eds.), Talmudic Archaeology in Babylonia (forthcoming).

  35. "The Temple Mount in Jewish Liturgy: Re-Examination of the Historical Background," in: S. Ward et al. (eds.), Avoda and Ibada: Studies in Jewish and Islamic Liturgy (accepted).

  36. "From Realia to Material Culture: Samuel Krauss and the Century Long Study of the Physical World in Late Roman Palestine." (in preparation)


Reviews


  1. Daniel Boyarin, Dying For God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism, in: Hebrew Studies, 42 (2001), pp. 385-389.

  2. Peter Schäfer (ed.), The Talmud Yerushalmi and Greco Roman Culture, in: Journal of the American Oriental Society, 122:1 (2002), pp. 132-135.

  3. Galit Hasan-Rokem, Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature, in: Hebrew Studies, 43 (2002), pp. 314-317.

  4. Clayton Miles Lehmann and Kenneth G. Holum, The Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Caesarea Maritima (Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima Excavation Reports Series 5), in: Journal of the American Oriental Society, 124:2 (2004), pp. 414-416.

Yizhar Hirschfels (ed.), Ramat Hanadiv Excavations: Final Report of the 1984-1998 Seasons, in: Journal of the American Oriental Society, 124:2 (2004), pp. 414-416.

– Seth Schwartz, Imperialism and Jewish Society 200 BCE to 640 CE, in Prooftexts



(see articles no. 17).

  1. Antoinette Clark Wire, Holy Lives, Holy Deaths: A Close Hearing of Early Jewish Storytellers, in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 124:3 (2004), pp. 580-582.

Paul Heger, The Pluralistic Halakhah: Legal Innovations in the Late Second Commonwealth and Rabbinic Periods, in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 124:3 (2004), pp. 580-582.

  1. Dov Gera and Miriam Ben-Zeev (eds.), The Path of Peace: Studies in Honor of Israel Friedman Ben-Shalom, in Zemanim 95 (2006), pp. 108-111 (Heb.).

  2. Sacha Stern, Time and Process in Ancient Judaism, in Zion 72 (2007), pp. 101-104 (Heb.).

  3. Zeev Weiss, The Sepphoris Synagogue: Deciphering an Ancient Message through Its Archaeological and Socio-Historical Contexts, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 127:3 (2007), pp. 390-392.

  4. Stefan Alkier and Markus Witte (eds.), Die Griechen und das antike Israel: Interdisziplinäre Studien zur Religions- und Kulturgeschichte des Heiligen Landes, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 128:1 (2008), pp. 194-195.

  5. Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Barry D. Walfish, and Joseph W. Goering (eds.), With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 128:1 (2008), p. 194.

  6. Elisabeth Wies-Campagner, Midrasch Wasjoscha: Edition, Tradition, Interpretation, in Journal of the American Oriental Society (in preparation).


Conference Papers


  1. "The Transmission of Amoraic Traditions and Historical Accounts During the Talmudic Period," delivered at the 27th AJS Annual Conference, Boston, December 1995.

  2. "The lithos epi lithon Prophecy and the Status of the Temple Mount of Jerusalem in Early Christianity," delivered at the International Conference on "The Beginnings of Christianity," Tel-Aviv University, January 1997.

  3. "The Place of James' Tomb and the Status of the Temple Mount in Judaism and Christianity after 70 CE," delivered at the 12th International conference of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 1997.

  4. "Bolts, Knobs and a Torn Torah Scroll: History and Transmission in Rabbinic Literature," delivered at the Colloquium on Early Rabbinic Judaism, Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor Oxford, September 22-26 1997.

  5. "The Temple Mount in Jewish Liturgy: Re-Examination of the Historical Background," delivered at the international conference on Jewish and Islamic liturgy, Institute for Islamic and Judaic studies, University of Denver, March 1998.

  6. "'Interpretive Citation' in the Epistle of Barnabas and the Early Christian Attitude towards the Temple Mount," delivered at the SBL annual conference, Orlando, November 1998.

  7. "A Demolished Capitol: The So-Called Prophecy of Jesus about the Destruction of the Temple Mount," delivered at the Mid-Atlantic SBL annual conference, Arlington Virginia, February 1999.

  8. "R. Elazar of Modiim and Bar-Kokhba: Another Look at the Historicity of Rabbinic Narrative," delivered at the SBL annual conference, Boston, November 1999.

  9. "The Presumed Synagogue on the Temple Mount in the Days of Julian," delivered at the AJS annual conference, Chicago, December 1999.

  10. "The Temple Mount and the Rabbis' Inadvertent Reshaping of the Jewish Past," delivered at the SBL annual conference, Memphis, November 2000.

  11. "Pagan Shrines and Jewish Synagogues on the Temple Mount: Reality and Fiction," delivered at the SBL annual conference, Memphis, November 2000.

  12. "'Jewish statues': The Encounter of Jews with Hellenism in the Daily Life of Late Roman Palestine," delivered at the conference on Yerushalmi and the Graeco-Roman culture, Princeton, November 2000.

  13. A revised version of no. 12 delivered at the 12th International conference of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 2001.

  14. "The Urban Layout of Aelia Capitolina: A New View from the Perspective of the Temple Mount," delivered at a conference on the Bar Kokhba Revolt, Princeton, November 2001.

  15. "Viewing the Sculptural Environment, Shaping the Second Commandment," delivered at a Symposium on Translation and Culture, Washington University at St. Louis, October 2002.

  16. "Jews, Roman Sculpture, and Hellenism in Late Antique Palestine," delivered at a conference on Jewish Literatures and Cultures – Context and Intertext, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, November 2003.

  17. "Sacred Space and Urban Realities: The Case of the Temple Mount in Aelia Capitolina," delivered at the SBL annual conference, Atlanta, November 2003.

  18. "Josephus and the 'Rise' of the Temple Mount," delivered at the AJS annual conference, Boston, December 2003.

  19. "The Temple and Temple Mount in Jewish Tradition," delivered at an international conference on Jerusalem, City of Three Faiths: Histories of the Past, Present and Future, Northwestern University, Chicago, May 2004.

  20. "The Desolating Sacrilege: A Jewish Christian Discourse on Statuary, Space, and Power," delivered at an international conference on The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, November 2004.

  21. "Rabbis Remembering their Past: The Case of the Temple Mount," delivered at the annual Orion international symposium for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Matters, Jerusalem, January 2005.

  22. "The Temple Mount in Jewish Tradition," delivered at an international conference on The Idea of Jerusalem, Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont, April 2005; second, revised version of No. 19.

  23. "Secularism, Hellenism, and Rabbis in Antiquity," delivered at an international conference on Judaism and Secularism, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 2005.

  24. Second, revised version of 20; delivered at the SBL annual conference, Philadelphia, November 2005.

  25. "Jewish Magic in the Roman Bathhouse," delivered at the AJS annual conference, Washington DC, December 2005.

  26. Panelist on "Aramaic Judaism," in a Conference on Shuubiya in Hellenism and Islam, Institute of Advance Studies, Princeton, May 2006.

  27. "The Mishnah and the Rabbis: What Came First?," delivered at an International Seminar on Communication and Jewish Identity, Hebrew University, Institute for Advance Studies, Jerusalem, June, 2006.

  28. "The Temple Mount and the Roman City of Aelia Capitolina," delivered at a conference on The Jerusalem Perspective: 150 Years of Archaeological Research, Brown University, Providence RI, November 2006.

  29. Respondent in a session on "Art and Religions of Antiquity," delivered at the SBL Annual Conference, Washington DC, November 2006.

  30. "Rabbinic Textures of Memory: The Case of the Temple Mount," delivered at the SBL Annual Conference, Washington DC, November 2006.

  31. "Archaeology and the Study of Talmudic Literature," delivered at a conference on "Teaching Rabbinic Literature," Brandeis University, Waltham MA, January 2008.

  32. "From Realia to Material Culture: A Century of Studies on the Physical World of the Rabbis in Roman Palestine," delivered at a conference on Rabbinic Literature and the Material Culture of Roman Palestine, Princeton University, November 2008.

  33. "The World of (Rabbinic) Babylonia as Seen from Roman Palestine," delivered at a conference on Talmudische Archaeologie, University College, London, June 2009.



Public, Invited Lectures (selection)


  1. "The Temple Mount in Rabbinic Literature: Continuity or Change," February 2000 at Baltimore Hebrew University.

  2. "Judaism and Hellenism: Conflict and Cooptation," December 2000 at the Shaarey Zedek Congregation, West Bloomfield MI.

  3. "Jewish Sovereignty through the Ages," May 2001 at the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County.

  4. "Current Topics in Jewish Studies – The Temple Mount: Past, Present and Future," November 2001 at the Beth Israel Congregation, Ann Arbor.

  5. "Sacred Space and Middle Eastern Reality," May 2002; keynote speaker at the annual banquet of the Michigan alumni club of Ft. Wayne IN.

  6. "Who Did Rabbi Aqiva Meet Near the Holy of Holies: The Temple Mount in Time, Space, and Memory," December 2002 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York.

  7. "Jews and Graeco-Roman Culture – 50 Years after Lieberman," February 2004 at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA); second version (in Hebrew) in March 2005 at the Department for the Study of the Land Of Israel, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan.

  8. "Another View at the Supposed Conflict between Jews and Roman Culture," October 2004 at the Israeli Academy of Sciences, Jerusalem.

  9. "A Jew in the Roman Bath-House: Another View on the Encounter between Judaism and Graeco-Roman Culture," March 2005 at the Department of Jewish History, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.

  10. "Place and Memory in Post Second Temple Judaism," April 2005, at the Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Memory, Institute of Advance Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

  11. "God’s Mountain: The Temple Mount in Jewish Tradition," February 2006, University of Illinois-Chicago.

  12. "History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel/Palestine," March 2006, Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County, Israel’s Educators Fellowship Seminar.

  13. "Are the Rabbis Still Relevant?" The U of M Student Socrates Club, April 2006.

  14. "The Land of Israel: Geography, History, and Culture,” Ha-magshimim fellowship of Hadassah, Ann Arbor, October 2006.

  15. "Judaism and Racism in the Ancient World," Martin Luther King’s Day Symposium, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, January 2007.

  16. "Roman Statues, Rabbis, and Greco-Roman Culture," February 2008, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA.


Service to the University and Scholarly Community (selection)
1. Referee for articles: Journal for Jewish Studies; Jewish Quarterly Review; Journal of the American Oriental Society; Journal of the American Academy of Religion; Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael.

2. Referee of books: Brown Judaic Studies; Brill; Open University of Israel.

3. Fellowship Referee: Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

4. Academic advisor on films: (a) The Israeli Ministry for Education in the production of a cartoon video “Figures in Ancient Jewish History” (b) The Discovery Channel in production of the documentary “Jesus in the First Century.”

5. Chair of the Section on History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism, Society of Biblical Literature (2007 – 2009).

6. Book Review Editor – HENOCH (2005-9).

7. Executive Committee Member: Department of Near Eastern Studies (2006-7); Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (2008-9).

8. University Committees: Student Relations Advisory Committee (2006-9); Fulbright Campus Evaluation Committees (2010); International Institute Individual Fellowship Review (2010).

9. Chair of Search Committees: (a) Christianity in Late Antiquity (2008-9); (b) Modern Hebrew and Jewish Culture (2008-9).

10. Coordinator of International Conferences: (a) Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intertext (University of Michigan, 2004; together with Anita Norich and Todd Endelman); (b) The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East (University of Michigan, 2005, Together with Elise Friedland and Sharon Herbert); (c) A Century after Krauss’ Talmudische Archaeologie: Rabbinic Literature and the Material Culture of Roman Palestine (Princeton 2008; together with Peter Schäfer).



11. Secretary of the International Lecture Series – The Michigan Lectures on Judaism and Christianity in the Roman World (2003-9).





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