Moshe Blidstein

Dr. Moshe Blidstein

Moshe Blidstein

Religions of late antiquity
Ritual and discourse
Purity and defilement
Demonology
Biblical exegesis in late antiquity

 

 

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

  •  “Purity opposed: Christian Identity Formation in Third Century Polemics against Death Defilement”, Studia Patristica 63 (2013), pp. 373-84.

  • Forthcoming

  • “How Many Pigs were there on Noah’s Ark? An Exegetical Encounter on the Nature of Impurity”, Harvard Theological Review.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “Deed and Word in Late Ancient Christian and Jewish Biblical Exegesis”, European Association of Jewish Studies Conference, Paris, July 2014.

  • “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.

  • “Demons and Pollution: Greek, Jewish and Christian Models”, 14th conference of the Centre international d'étude de la religion grecque antique, Liège, October 2013.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “Perceptions of Space and Death Defilement in Early Christianity”, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Amsterdam, July 2012.

  • “How Many Pigs were there on Noah’s Ark? An Exegetical Encounter in Eighth Century Syria”, Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, April 2012.

  • “Purity opposed: Christian Identity Formation in Third Century Polemics Against Death Defilement”, 16th International Conference of Patristics, Oxford, August 2011.

  • “Vegetal offerings in the Roman Empire: A New Look at the End of Sacrifice”, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London, July 2011.

  • “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.

  • “Visions of Purity: Porphyry and Julian on Religious Elites”, Graduate Workshop of the Princeton-Oxford Project, Oxford, January 2011.

  • “Vegetable Offerings in the Roman Empire”, Graduate Seminar of the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, February 2010.