Dr. Yonatan Moss

Einstein Building Rm. 406
Academic interests: 

Social and Theological Aspects of Christianity in Late Antiquity, Formation of the Patristic Canon, Textual Commentary and Scholarship in Late Antiquity, Jewish-Christian Relations under Islam and in Medieval Europe, Historiography of the Jesus Movement

Current Projects: 
  • Study of the ninth-tenth-century Christian Syriac impact on Judeo-Arabic Thought and Biblical Interpretation, with particular emphasis on Moses bar Kepha and Saadia Gaon
  • Edition, translation and study of parallel texts attributed to the West Syrian bishops John of Dara and Moses bar Kepha (Together with Dr. Flavia Ruani, Ghent University)
  • The role of women in the thought of Severus of Antioch (6th cent.)
  • Samuel Krauss’ Das Leben Jesu nach jüdischen Quellen in its historical context
Curriculum Vitae: 

2013: Ph.D., Religious Studies, Yale University
2010-2011: M.A., M.Phil., Religious Studies, Yale University
2005: B.A., magna cum laude, Classics and Linguistics, Hebrew University
1995-2000: Talmudic Studies, Yeshivat Har Etzion


Arabic, Aramaic, Coptic, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Syriac, Yiddish

Forthcoming Publications
  • Incorruptible Bodies: Christology, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, forthcoming 2016). ISBN: 9780520289994; e-book ISBN: 9780520964341.
  • “Fish eats Lion eats Man: Saadia Gaon, Syriac Christianity and the Resurrection of the Dead,” Jewish Quarterly Review 106 (forthcoming, 2016). Recipient of the Prof. Shlomo Pines Award for Outstanding Scholarship (Hebrew University).
  •  “‘I Trapped you with Guile:’ Rationalizing Theology in Late Antiquity,” in Yohannan Friedmann and Christoph Markschies, eds., Rationalization and Religions (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming, 2016).
  •  “‘From Syria all the way to Rome:’ Ignatius of Antioch’s Pauline Journey to Christianity,” in Maren R. Niehoff, ed. (with Reinhard Feldmeier), Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming, 2016).
  •  “Severus of Antioch’s 83rd Cathedral Homily,” in Youval Rotman and Bar Blinitzky, eds., Anthology of Syriac Literature (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Press, forthcoming, 2016) (In Hebrew).
  •  “Severing Severus: On the Survival of Severus of Antioch’s Writings in Greek,” In review for Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies.
  •  “The Language of Paradise: Hebrew or Syriac? Linguistic Speculations and Linguistic Realities in Late Antiquity,” in Markus Bockmuehl and Guy G. Stroumsa, eds., Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Views (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 120-137.
  •  “Scholasticism, Exegesis and the Historicization of Mosaic Authorship in Moses bar Kepha’s On Paradise,” Harvard Theological Review 104:3 (2011), 325-348.
  •  “Disorder in the Bible: Rabbinic Responses and Responsibilities,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 19:2 (2012), 104-128.
  •  “Noblest Obelus: Rabbinic Appropriations of Late Ancient Literary Criticism,” in Maren R. Niehoff, ed., Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters: Between Literary and Religious Concerns (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 245-267.
  •  “‘Packed with Patristic Testimonies:’ Severus of Antioch and the Reinvention of the Church Fathers,” in Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Lorenzo Perrone, eds., Personal and Institutional Religion: Thought and Praxis in Eastern Christianity (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 227-250.
  •  “In What Language Did Rashi Teach Torah? Hints from his Commentary on the Talmud,” in Avinoam Cohen, ed., Rashi and his Disciples (Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press, 2013), 139-149 (In Hebrew).
  •  “The Rise and Function of the Holy Text: Severus of Antioch, the Babylonian Talmud, and Beyond,” in Carol Harrison et al., eds., Patristic Studies in the Twenty-first Century: Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), 521-545.
  • Philo of Alexandria: De Plantatione: Translated from Greek into Hebrew with an Introduction and Annotations (Jerusalem: The Israel Academy of Sciences and the Bialik Institute, 2015).