Dr. Moshe Blidstein

Buber Fellow: 
2014
Tel: 
025881824
Room: 
2012
Academic interests: 

Religions of late antiquity, ritual and discourse, purity and defilement, demonology, Biblical exegesis in late antiquity

Current Projects: 

The Oath, Religious Identities and Mentalities in the Eastern Mediterranean, 0-500 CE

Curriculum Vitae: 
Education and Positions

2014-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

2013-2014 Junior Research Fellowship at the Deichmann Program for Jewish and Christian Literature of the Hellenistic-Roman Era at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel.

2011-2014 DPhil in Theology, University of Oxford. Dissertation title: ’All is Pure for the Pure’: Redefining Purity and Defilement in Early Greek Christianity, From Paul to Origen. Supervisor: Prof. Guy G. Stroumsa.

2009-2010 MA in Religious Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated with honors. Dissertation title: Vegetable Offerings in the Roman Empire.

2006-2008 BA in General History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated with honors.

2000-2002, 2005 Talmudic Studies, Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Courses Taught

2015 Religions in the Greek and Roman worlds (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

2014 Messaging God: ancient Jewish, Christian and pagan views on religious practice (Ben Gurion University of the Negev).

2013 Ancient ritual theory (Mansfield College, University of Oxford).

2011-2012 Anthropology of Classical religions (Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford).
Jewish-Christian relations in the Roman Empire (Worcester College, University of Oxford).

Awards

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2013-2014 Junior Research Fellowship at the Deichmann Program for Jewish and Christian Literature of the Hellenistic-Roman Era at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

2011-2013 Doctoral Studentship in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford).

2009 Sternberg Prize for Interfaith Understanding (Department of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

2006 Merit scholarship for undergraduate studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Additional Academic Work Experience

2012-2013 Research and editing for the volume Priests and Prophets among Pagans, Jews and Christians, edited by Beate Dignas, Robert Parker and Guy G. Stroumsa (Leuven: Peeters, 2013).

2010-2013 Research assistant to Professor Guy G. Stroumsa.

2008-2009 Editor and translator of academic publications for the Macro Center for Political Economics.

Languages

Mother tongue: Hebrew, English; Reading: Greek, Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, French, German.

Publications: 
Books

Associate Editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions, with Guy G. Stroumsa and Adam Silverstein. Oxford: Oxford University Press [forthcoming]

Journal articles and book chapters

1. “Purity opposed: Christian Identity Formation in Third Century Polemics against Death Defilement”, Studia Patristica 63 (2013), pp. 373-84.
Forthcoming
2. “How Many Pigs were there on Noah’s Ark? An Exegetical Encounter on the Nature of Impurity”, Harvard Theological Review.
3. “Purity and Defilement”, in The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions, edited by Guy G. Stroumsa, Adam Silverstein and Moshe Blidstein. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
4. “Between Ritual and Moral Purity: Early Christian Views on Dietary Laws”, in Authoritative Texts and Reception History: Aspects and Approaches, edited by Dan Batovici and Kristin De Troyer. Biblical Interpretation Series. Brill.
5. “Demons and Pollution: Greek, Jewish and Christian Models”, Kernos Supplements, Proceedings of the 14th conference of the Centre international d'étude de la religion grecque antique.

Translations

Translation into Hebrew of Guy G. Stroumsa, The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations in Late Antiquity (קץ עידן הקורבנות: תמורות דתיות בשלהי העת העתיקה, ירושלים: מאגנס, 2013).

Other

Thinking Bible, a 30-lesson online course on the Book of Judges for Yeshivat Har Etzion’s online study program, 2005.

Papers delivered

1. “Deed and Word in Late Ancient Christian and Jewish Biblical Exegesis”, European Association of Jewish Studies Conference, Paris, July 2014.
2. “Behind the Temple: The Form and Function of Back Rooms in Ancient Sanctuaries”, Conference of the Israeli Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies, Beersheva, May 2014.
3. “Demons and Pollution: Greek, Jewish and Christian Models”, 14th conference of the Centre international d'étude de la religion grecque antique, Liège, October 2013.
4. “Asceticism and Identity: Perspectives from Early Christian Discourse on Purity and Defilement”, Interdisciplinary Seminar for the Study of Religion, University of Oxford, Hilary Term, 2013.
5. “Purifying Purity: Approaches to the Problem of Embodiment in Early Christian Discussions of Purity Laws”, Conference of the European Society for the Study of Religion, Utrecht, August 2012.
6. “Perceptions of Space and Death Defilement in Early Christianity”, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Amsterdam, July 2012.
7. “How Many Pigs were there on Noah’s Ark? An Exegetical Encounter in Eighth Century Syria”, Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, April 2012.
8. “Purity opposed: Christian Identity Formation in Third Century Polemics Against Death Defilement”, 16th International Conference of Patristics, Oxford, August 2011.
9. “Vegetal offerings in the Roman Empire: A New Look at the End of Sacrifice”, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London, July 2011.
10. “Between Ritual and Moral Purity: Early Christian Views on Dietary Laws,” The St. Andrews Graduate Conference for Biblical and Early Christian Studies: Authoritative Texts and Reception History, June 2011.
11. “Visions of Purity: Porphyry and Julian on Religious Elites”, Graduate Workshop of the Princeton-Oxford Project, Oxford, January 2011.
12. “Vegetable Offerings in the Roman Empire”, Graduate Seminar of the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, February 2010.