MemberKrista Dalton

I am a PhD Candidate in Religion at Columbia University, working primarily with the texts and traditions of ancient Judaism within the western Mediterranean context. My current project, entitled Rabbis and Money: on the Logics of Giving in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature, examines the discursive repertoire of transactional giving in rabbinic literature, with particular attention to charity, patronage, donations, and tithes.

MemberJordan Rosenblum

…“Rabbinic Drinking: Beer and Wine in Judaism in the Roman World,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 26, 2018.

“Rabbinic Drinking: Learning Themes in Rabbinic Literature Through the Drinking Glass,” University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, October 4, 2018

“Beer: Brewing Religion in the Ancient World,” Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. February 28, 2019

“‘The wine of the region’: Wine, Beer, and the Translation fo Rabbinic Ritual from a Palestinian to a Babylonian Context,” Food as Concept/Symbol/Metaphor Program Unit, International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Rome, Italy, July 2019

“‘The wine of the region&#…
…with Lily C. Vuong an Nathaniel P. DesRosiers, Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2014.


“The Swine Suicides: On the Appearance and Disappearance of Pork-related Jewish Martyrdom in Antiquity,” Journal of Religious Competition in Antiquity 1 (2019): 37-47.
“‘Blessings of the Breasts’: Breastfeeding in Rabbinic Literature,” Hebrew Union College Annual 87 (2016): 145-177.
“Dining In(to) the World To Come,” in Olam ha-zeh v’olam ha-ba: This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice, ed. Leonard Greenspoon, Studies in Jewish Civilization, Purdue University Press, 2017: pp. 105-114.

Book Reviews:
Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Othe…

My research focuses on the literature, law, and social history of the rabbinic movement. In particular, I am interested in how rabbinic food regulations enact and maintain distinct identities. I have just published a new book entitled Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press, 2020) and a co-edited volume entitled Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (New York University Press, 2019).

MemberMatthew Goldstone

Research My book, The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation (Brill, 2018), examines the ways in which religious leaders within early Jewish and Christian communities conceived of the obligation to rebuke their fellows based upon the biblical verse: “Do not hate your kinsfolk in your heart, rebuke your fellow but do not incur sin” (Leviticus 19:17).  Analyzing texts from the Bible through the Talmud and late midrashim as well as early Christian monastic writings, I expose a shift from asking how to rebuke in the Second Temple period, to whether one can rebuke in early rabbinic texts, to whether one should rebuke in later rabbinic and monastic sources. My next project, tentatively titled Propaganda, Deception, and Censorship: The Rabbinic Production of Knowledge, explores the manifold ways through which the rabbis of late antiquity fabricate history and law. Drawing upon insights from propaganda studies, trauma and postcolonial theory, as well as rhetorical criticism, this project examines rabbinic literature as a microcosm for understanding the partisan construction and dissemination of knowledge in the ancient world.

MemberCatherine Bonesho

…m in the Late Roman Empire.”
“An Interview with John Ochsendorf, New Director of the American Academy in Rome.”
“Preserving the Words of Ancient Palmyra Through Digital Humanities.”
“Roma, Amor: Inside the Column of Trajan and Under the Pantheon Oculus.”
“Sites of Memory and Memories of Conflict: Imperial Rome, Jerusalem, and Nero.”
“Roman Festivals in Rabbinic Literature and the Intersection of Judaism and Rome.”
“Inside the Roman Vault: An Interview with Lynne Lancaster of the American Academy in Rome”
“Addressing the Divide Between Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Classics,” co-authored with Rachel M. Hart
Publications in the Biological Sciences
S. Maroney, B. Cooley, J. Ferrell, C. Bonesho, L. Nielsen, …

I am currently the Assistant Professor of Early Judaism in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at the University of California-Los Angeles. My primary research interests are in the Early Judaism, rabbinic literature, the Roman Near East. Specifically, I am interested in the ways ancient Jews navigated living under imperial domination through the development of legislation and rhetoric about the Other. I am currently working on my first monograph, The Festivals of the Gentiles in Early Judaism. My research also concentrates on the Roman Near East and Semitic languages, especially Aramaic, and their use in imperial contexts. In particular, I investigate the material presentation of Aramaic inscriptions found throughout the Roman Empire. I have authored translation and paleographic articles on Palmyrene Aramaic inscriptions as one of the founding members of the Wisconsin Palmyrene Aramaic Inscription Project in journals including Maarav and KUSATU. I spent the 2017-2018 academic year in Rome as a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome (FAAR ‘18). I earned my PhD in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (2018) and my MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies (2014) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

MemberReuven Kiperwasser

…1), 377-379
2. Rabbis as Visual Beings: Rachel Neis, The Sense of Sight in Rabbinic Culture: Jewish Ways of Seeing in Late Antiquity, Greek Culture in the Roman World (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), Ars Judaica 12 (2016), p. 153-156.
3. Learning the Language of the Rabbinic Body: Hezser, Catherine Rabbinic Body Language: Non-Verbal Communication in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity. Leiden; Boston, MA: Brill. (2017) H-Judaic.

Encyclopedia’s articles
“Ecclesiastes, Book of Judaism _ Rabbinic Judaism,” Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski (eds.)

Papers forthcoming
1. “Sea Voyages …

MemberMarc Bregman

…o Entered Paradise: Evolution of a Talmudic Tale”,

First Harvest (1997), pp. 437-442


“Midrash Rabbah and the Medieval Collector Mentality”, Prooftexts 17 (1997),

63-76 [reprinted in The Anthology in Jewish Literature, edited by David Stern (Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 2004), pp. 196-208]


“Pseudepigraphy in Rabbinic Literature”, Pseudepigraphic Perspectives:

The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Light of the Dead Sea Scroll,

edited by Esther G. Chazon and Michael Stone, [Proceedings of the

International Symposium of the Orion Center, 1997] (Brill, Leiden, 1999),



“Seeing with the Sages: Midrash as Visualization in the Legends of the Aqeda…

Marc Bregman Brief Biography January 2018     Marc Bregman received his Ph.D. from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1991. He taught at the Hebrew Union College (Jerusalem), The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Schechter Institute for Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, and at the Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheba, Israel. During 1993 he was Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University, and during 1996 he was the Stroum Professor of Jewish Studies and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle. During 2005, Bregman served as the Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has served as Forchheimer Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His book in Hebrew, The Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature: Studies in the Evolution of the Versions (Gorgias Press, 2003), has been hailed as “undoubtedly the best research ever done about the most complicated issue in the study of rabbinic literature”. In 2006, Bregman was appointed the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he also headed the program in Jewish Studies, until 2013. Bregman retired from UNCG as of July 31, 2017. He has now returned to Jerusalem where he is continuing his research and teaching activities. He may be contacted by email at

MemberJoshua Smith

I am a Ph.D. student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Religious Studies at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, specializing in New Testament/Christian origins and biblical interpretation. My current research interests include Luke-Acts, early Jewish/Christian identity, and early Rabbinic/Christian scriptural interpretation.

MemberMichail Kitsos

Michail Kitsos is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan specializing in the History of Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity. Kitsos also has an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Michigan, an MA in Jewish Studies with a major in Rabbinics from Gratz College, Philadelphia, and an MA in Biblical Archaeology from the School of Theology, Department of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His BA is in Theology with a major in the Interpretation of the Old and the New Testament and Patristics from the School of Theology, Department of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.   His research examines intersectionality, particularly, the crossing of religious and societal boundaries and identity formation of religious groups in late antiquity and the early Byzantine period in the Mediterranean world. Specifically, by comparing Greek and Syriac anti-Jewish multivocal texts known as Adversus or Contra Iudaeos dialogues and Rabbinic multivocal narratives between rabbis and “others, Kitsos explores the mechanisms that create and reinforce the binary of “us” and “them” between religious communities and how this binary affects the process of self-representation on the part of the outsider group or “other.” His work examines the rhetorical use and function of the image of the “other” by both Christians and Rabbis in dialogical literature within its historical context, and it helps to understand the birth, formation, and diffusion of stereotypes—a process evident in late antiquity that still occurs today.   His research languages include Classical, Hellenistic/Koinē, Ecclesiastical, and Medieval Greek; Classical and Ecclesiastical Latin; Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew; Palestinian and Babylonian Aramaic; Syriac and Coptic.

MemberDaniel Picus

I am currently the Robert A. Oden Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Judaism at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. My interest focuses on questions of textuality, materiality, and liturgy in late antique Judaism and Christianity. In addition, I joined the editorial board of the Ancient Jew Review as the deputy Judaism editor in fall 2018. A short piece about my dissertation, which distills some of my other research interests, can be found here.