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Prof. Moshe Benovitz

Talmud, Jewish Law

Professor Moshe Benovitz,  Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics

Born 16.10.62, Pittsburgh PA, USA;
1987, M.A., Biblical Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
1987, M.A., Talmud, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel ;
1993 Ph.D., Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
2002-present (Lecturer 1993-1997; Senior Lecturer, 1997-2002), Associate Professor, Talmud and Rabbinics, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem.
1996-1997, Assistant Dean, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.
2000, Acting Dean, Rabbinical School, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, .

Major Research Interests: Oaths and Vows, Rabbinic Prayer, Hanukkah.

Author of the following books:
Kol Nidre: Studies in the Development of Rabbinic Votive Institutions (Brown Judaic Studies 315), Atlanta GA, 1998.

BT Shevu`ot III: A Critical Edition and Commentary [Hebrew], New York and Jerusalem, 2003.

Chapter One of Tractate Berakhot in the Babylonian Talmud: A Critical Commentary [Hebrew], forthcoming from the Society for the Interpretation of the Talmud, Jerusalem.

Author of the following articles:
"Transferred Sugyot in the Palestinian Talmud: The Case of Nedarim 3:2 and Shevuot 3:8", Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research, volume lix (1994) pp. 11-57.

"The Two Textual Traditions of Chapter Three of Tractate Shevuot in the Babylonian Talmud" [Hebrew], Sidra 10 (1994), pp. 5-38.

"The Origin and Meaning of the Prohibitive Vow in Second Temple and Tannaitic Literature" [Hebrew], Tarbiz 64 (1995), pp. 203-228.

"Substitute Vow Formulae" [Hebrew], Sidra 12 (1996), pp. 5-25.

"Jewish Legal Writings by Women: A Response", Nashim 2 (1999), pp. 146-160.

"The Concept of Justice in Jewish Sources" [Hebrew], in Common Values, Different Sources: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Reflection (Jerusalem 1999), pp. 37-50.

"Witnesses in Civil Cases" [Hebrew], in Atara L'Haim: Studies in Honor of Professor Haim Zalman Dimitrovsky (Jerusalem 2000), pp. 28-49.

"The Korban Vow and the Ossuary Inscription from the Arnona Neighborhood in Jerusalem" [Hebrew], Cathedra 104 (2002), pp. 177-179.

"Herod and Hanukkah" [Hebrew], Zion 68 (2003), pp. 5-40.

"The Political Candidate in the Fifth Satire of Persius, lines 176-179: A Slave to Ambition or to Foreign Religion?", Scripta Classica Israelica 23 (2004), pp. 57-62.

"'It was taught bish`at herum' : The First Act of the Emperor Pertinax (193 CE) and its Impact on Tannaitic Halakhah" [Hebrew], forthcoming in Sidra.


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