Tzvi Novick

Tzvi Novick

Abrams Jewish Thought and Culture Professor of Theology

Primary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


Ph.D. Yale University

Research and Training Interests

Rabbinic law and liturgy

Selected Publications

Piyyut and Midrash: Form, Genre, and History. Gottingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht, 2019. 

An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel: History and Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018.

What is Good and What God Demands: Normative Structures in Tannaitic Literature. Leiden: Brill, 2010.

“The Wrath of Moses: On the Construction of Exemplary Dichotomies in Rabbinic Literature,” in Die Idee des Mose – Eine rezeptionsgeschichtliche Betrachtung einer identitätsstiftenden Idee (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017), 341-64.

“‘I am Not a Butcher’: Authority and Expertise in Rabbinic Laws of Meat Production in Classical Rabbinic Literature,” JAJ 8 (2017), 112-44.


Professor Novick completed a B.A. from Yale University with a degree in philosophy. After a very brief but instructive legal career, and an MA in Hebrew Bible from Yeshiva University, he enrolled in the PhD program in Religious Studies at Yale, from which he graduated in 2008 with a focus on early rabbinic Judaism (ca. 2nd to 6th c.). Professor Novick has taught at Notre Dame ever since, on subjects ranging from the Bible to modern Judaism and post-Holocaust literature and theology.



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