Abrams Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
B.A., Yale College, 1998; J.D., Yale Law School, 2002
M.A., Yeshiva University, 2003
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
Research and Teaching Interests
Novick’s research centers on law and ethics in early Rabbinic Judaism. His book, What is Good, and What God Demands: Normative Structures in Tannaitic Literature (2010), is a revision of his dissertation, which was awarded Yale's Field Prize. He has published articles on topics in the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple exegesis, rabbinic literature, and Jewish liturgical poetry, in such journals as the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Harvard Theological Review, the Jewish Quarterly Review, the Journal of Jewish Studies, and the Hebrew Union College Annual. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Association of Jewish Studies, and serves on the editorial board of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.
2010. What is Good and What God Demands: Normative Structures in Tannaitic Literature, SJSJ 144. Leiden: Brill.
“Formal Mirroring and Iterative Paraphrase in Tannaitic Midrash,” in Steven Fraade Festschrift (Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht) (forthcoming)
“On the Paucity of Biblical Exemplars in Sectarian Texts,” in Rewriting, Interpreting, and Translating Scripture in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature: Studies in Honor of Moshe J. Bernstein (Leiden: Brill) (forthcoming)
“Creator, Text, and Law: Torah as Independent Power in Rabbinic Judaism,” in Creation from Nothing (University of Notre Dame Press) (forthcoming)
“Social Justice in Rabbinic Judaism,” in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Law (ed. Pamela Barmash)
“Laws and Rituals,” in The Jewish Legal Tradition (eds. Ari Mermelstein, Suzanne Last Stone, and Yair Lorberbaum)
“Holiness in Rabbinic Literature,” in Concepts of Holiness in Judaism (ed. Alan Mittleman; Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
“The Wrath of Moses: On the Construction of Exemplary Dichotomies in Rabbinic Literature,” in Die Idee des Mose – Eine rezeptionsgeschichtliche Betrachtung einer identitätsstiftenden Idee (forthcoming)
“Rhetorical Markers in A Fortiori Argumentation in Biblical and Post-Biblical Hebrew,” in Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira (Leiden: Brill) (forthcoming)
“Temurah,” in the Oxford Mishnah Study Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (forthcoming)
2015. “Etiquette and Exemplarity in Rabbinic Judaism,” in Character: New Directions from Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 522-372011. “The Rabbis’ Written Torah and the Heavenly Tablets,” in A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam, pp. 589-600. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
“‘I am Not a Butcher’: Authority and Expertise in Rabbinic Laws of Meat Production in Classical Rabbinic Literature,” JAJ
2014. “‘Like an Expert Sharecropper’: Agricultural Halakhah and Agricultural Science in Rabbinic Palestine,” Association for Jewish Studies Review 38 (2014), 303-20.
2014. “Scripture as Rhetor: A Study in Early Rabbinic Midrash,” Hebrew Union College Annual 82-83 (2011-12) , 37-59.
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