Hebrew Bible; ancient Near East; biblical, cuneiform, and early Jewish law; law and literature; Semitic linguistics

My work examines the Hebrew Bible in comparison with ancient Near Eastern sources and draws on contemporary legal and literary theory and linguistics, with further recourse to ancient Jewish sources and medieval exegesis. I am currently transforming my dissertation into a book entitled Bailment in Law and Practice: A Biblical Law in Its Ancient Near Eastern Contexts. 

I am Acquisitions Editor of Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, and Jewish Studies at Gorgias Press. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, email me at yael@gorgiaspress.com.

I am currently Visiting Research Fellow in Judaic Studies at CUNY Brooklyn College.


PhD, Yeshiva University, Hebrew Bible

BA, University of Pennsylvania, Jewish Studies and English

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

The Many Bailments of David: A Case Study in Law and Literature, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 18-21, 2017

Is There a Biblical “Law”? Law in the World of the Bible, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY, May 15, 2017



Society of Biblical Literature

Association for Jewish Studies

Columbia Hebrew Bible Seminar

Jewish Law Association

The American Schools of Oriental Research

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