Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. - Princeton University
M.A. - Princeton University
B.A. - Princeton University

Research Interests
ancient Judaism; rabbinic literature; Jewish-Christian relations; the Roman Empire; time and calendars; women and gender; biblical interpretation; religious polemics; ancient scholastic culture; Judaeo-Arabic; theories and methods in the study of religion

Sarit Kattan Gribetz studies the history of Jews and Christians in antiquity, with a focus on rabbinic literature.  Her first book is tentatively titled Time and Difference in Ancient Judaism and examines the ways in which time was conceptualized and used in ancient Jewish texts to create and disrupt difference – between rabbis and Romans, men and women, heaven and earth.  She works on matters calendrical, ritual, textual, literary, and liturgical – and sometimes even magical.

Sarit has also written about a set of satirical texts from the medieval period called Toledot Yeshu that tells the story of Jesus’ life from a Jewish (and anti-Christian) perspective, and has explored the intersection of polemic and parody, the literary and cultural consequences of interreligious tension, the dynamic between oral and written transmission, and the history of Jewish representations of Christianity.

One of the questions that most interests Sarit at the moment is: which texts might have been read by women in antiquity, and how might our readings of these texts change when we imagine women as part of the intended (or actual) audiences?  She has begun working on a historical and methodological study of women’s roles as copyists, patrons, authors, and readers in ancient Jewish and Christian scholastic culture and the complicated place of gender in ancient discourses about learning.

Sarit has co-edited a collection of essays on the genre of “dialogues between rabbis and others” in rabbinic literature with Moulie Vidas, and a volume on ancient Jewish and Christian views on the creation of the world with Lance Jenott.  She is currently working on a co-edited volume dedicated to the literary history and cultural context of the rabbinic midrash Genesis Rabbah and is co-writing an article on the term “daughters of Israel” in late antique sources.

Sarit received her A.B. and Ph.D. in Religion and Jewish Studies from Princeton University. As a graduate student, she spent two years abroad – first on a Fulbright in Israel, where she studied Talmud and archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and spent a hot and exciting summer digging at Sepphoris in the Galilee, and then in Canada, where she taught courses on ancient Judaism and rabbinic literature as a visiting instructor at the University of Toronto. Sarit had the pleasure of splitting her post-doctoral year between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Harvard University, with a short stint at the Andover Newton Theological School. She met her husband while studying Arabic at Middlebury College, and together they are raising identical twin daughters and a mischievous son. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Fordham.

Hanged and Crucified: The Book of Esther and Toledot Yeshu,” in Toledot Yeshu Reconsidered (eds., Peter Schäfer, Michael Meerson, Yaacov Deutsch; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), 159-180.

Rabbis and Others in Conversation
, Peer-reviewed Special Double-Issue in Jewish Studies Quarterly, 19.2-3 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012), co-edited with Moulie Vidas, with an introduction, pp. 91-103.

Jesus and the Clay Birds: Reading Toledot Yeshu in Light of the Infancy Gospels,” in Envisioning Judaism: Studies in Honor of Peter Schäfer on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday (ed. Ra'anan Boustan, Klaus Hermann, Reimund Leicht, Annette Yoshiko Reed, and Giuseppe Veltri, with the collaboration of Alex Ramos; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 1021-1048.

Jewish and Christian Cosmogony in Late Antiquity (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), co-edited with Lance Jenott, with an introduction, pp. 1-20.

“Take to Heart these Instructions: The Shema in the Second Temple Period, a reconsideration,” Journal of Ancient Judaism (forthcoming).

“Pregnant with Meaning: Women’s Bodies as Metaphors for Time in Biblical, Second Temple, and Rabbinic Literature,” in The Construction of Time in Antiquity: Ritual, Art and Identity (ed. Jonathan Ben-Dov and Lutz Doering; Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

 “Cosmogony” [1250 words], “Eve” [350 words], in The Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (ed. Lizbeth Fried, Jennifer Knust, Eric Orlin, and Michael Satlow; New York and London: Routledge, forthcoming).

“Education: Early Judaism,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (ed. Julia O’Brien; Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

FALL 2014

THEO 3713-R01, R02: Classic Jewish Texts

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