Yael Fisch

Yael Fisch

Yael Fisch
Dr.
Yael
Fisch
Rabbinic Literature
Ancient Judaism
Mandel Building, 3rd floor, room 353
yael.fisch@gmail.com

Ancient Hermeneutics and Reading Practices
Temple and Text
Philology
Religious Studies
Cultural Studies

 

Current Projects: 

My current project, Measuring the Temple: Architectural Ekphrasis and Mishnah Middot, is dedicated to the textual Jerusalem temple of the Mishnah and how Jews in the second century CE reimagined its architecture and why. I am interested in questions of (spatial) description and imagination in ancient Jewish texts and how they participate in Greco-Roman literary and rhetorical traditions.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2021-2025   Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem    

  • 2020-2021    Tel Aviv University President Postdoctoral Scholarship

  • 2018-2020    VATAT Postdoctoral Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science

  • 2015-2018    Israel Democracy Institute, “Judaism and Human Rights”

  • 2010-2015    Doctoral Fellowship, School for Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University     

Select Prizes

  • 2014             Yaniv Foundation Prize in Jewish History and Philosophy

Education

2020-2021       Postdoctoral  fellow, School of Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University\

2018-2021       Junior Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Bible, Oriel College and postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford

2018-2020       Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

2011-2018       PhD, Tel Aviv University, School of Jewish Studies. Dissertation title: Paul’s Interpretation of Scripture and the (pre-)History of Midrash

2006-2010        MA, Tel Aviv University, Talmud and Rabbinic Literature. Thesis title: ‘His Wife is Like his Body’: An Interpretation of a Talmudic Idiom. (Summa cum laude).

2004-2006       BA, Tel Aviv University, Comparative Literature and Jewish Philosophy. (Summa cum laude).

Selected Publications

Books

  • Written For Us: Paul’s Interpretation of Scripture and the History of Midrash (Forthcoming, 2022)

Edited books

  • Protestant Bible Scholarship: Antisemitism, Philosemitism, and Anti-Judaism, Edited by Hindy Najman, Paula Fredriksen, René Bloch, Yael Fisch, Arjen Bakker (Forthcoming, 2021).

Articles

  • “The Origins of Oral Torah: A New Pauline Perspective,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 51 (2020), 43-66.

  • “‘Midrash-Pesher’: A Shared Technique of Interpretation in Qumran, Paul, and the Tannaim,” Revue de Qumrân 32 (2020), 213-233.

Chapters in Peer Reviewed Books

  • “The Legend of the Septuagint,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Lost Legends of the Second Temple (Vol. 1), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 145-167.

  • “Bones in the Temple,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Lost Legends of the Second Temple (Vol. 1), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 485-492.

  • “The Corruption of the High-Priests,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Lost Legends of the Second Temple (Vol. 1), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 526-543.

  • “The Census in the time of Cestius Gallus/King Agrippa,” in Tal Ilan and Vered Noam, with Daphne Baratz, Meir Ben Shachar and Yael Fisch, Josephus and the Rabbis: The Tales about the Destruction of the Temple (Vol. 2), (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi, 2017), 812-821.

Selected Presentations

10/2021       “Forgetting the Temple: Architectural Revision of the Jerusalem Temple in Mishnah Middot”, in Architexture: Textual Representation and Practices of Sacred Spaces in the Ancient World, Martin Luther University at Halle, Germany.

06/2021       With Dr. Assaf Tamari, (Polonsky, Van Leer), “The problem of Myth for the Jews: On ‘Myth’ as an Analytical Category in the ‘Wissenschaft des Judentums’ and Beyond.” Force of Myth: Authority, Illusion, and Critique in Modern Imaginaries, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem.

03/2021       With Dr. Hallel Baitner (Oxford), “Thirteen Prostrations: Ritual as Marker of Sacred Space”, in Reimaging the Temple (Online) Workshop at Oriel College, Oxford.

11/2020      “Paul and the Rabbis”, New Testament Research Seminar, University of Aberdeen.

07/2020      “Making Memory: Mishnah Middot and its Fashioning of the Temple,” Special Session Spotlight on Emerging Talent, British Association of Jewish Studies. Online Event.

02/2020      “Reading and Unveiling: Between Paul and the Rabbis,” New Testament Research Seminar, University of Oxford.

12/2019      “The Pleasure of the Text: Midrash and Playfulness,” Hermeneutic Interventions Workshop, University of Oxford.

11/2019      “Veiled and Unveiled Hermeneutics: 2 Cor 3 and Rabbinic Midrash,” Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, Convener: Prof. Matthew Novenson. Respondent: Prof. Timothy Lim, University of Edinburgh.

07/2019      “Rethinking the List of Changes: Scriptural Pluriformity and the Rabbinic Legend of the Septuagint,” British Association of Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, University of Oxford.

06/2019      “Midrash-Pesher in Qumran, Paul, and the Tannaim,” 70 Years of Dead Sea Scrolls Workshop, University of Oxford.

06/2019      with Dr. Assaf Tamari (Polonksy Academy, Van Leer Institute), “The Absence and Presence of ‘Myth’ as an Analytical Category in the Wissenschaft des Judentums and Beyond,” Grey Areas: Two Centuries of Wissenschaft des Judentums, Heidelberg Hochschule.

05/2019      “What is Midrash?” Early Biblical Interpretation Seminar, Convened by Prof. Hindy Najman, University of Oxford.

2/2019        “On Breastfeeding: Mythological Motherhood in Ancient Jewish Texts,” David Patterson Lecture, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

1/2019        “Allegory and the Formation of Genealogy: between Pauline and Rabbinic Literature,” Medieval Church and Culture Research Seminar, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

12/2018      “Did Paul have a Notion of Oral Torah?”, Departmental Seminar, School of Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University

06/2018      “Paul’s Interpretation of Scripture and Rabbinic Midrash: Beyond Genealogy,” Converso Paulinisms and Other Judeo-Christian Pauline Moments, Mandel-Scholion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

11/2017      “Prophecy and Writing,” Theology and Rationality Workshop on “prophecy,” Goethe University Frankfurt.

08/2017      “Hagar and Sarah in Galatians 4: Allegory, Midrash, Politics”, the 17th World Congress in Jewish Studies, Jerusalem.

03/2017      “The meaning of ‘the seed of Abraham’: Interpretation and Genealogy in ancient Judaism,” Jewish Political Thought Workshop, The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem.

12/2016      “Naming the Text: ‘Torah’ and ‘Nomos’,” The Translation of Sacred Texts: Complicating the Universal, Organized by Prof. Barbara Cassin (CNRS, Paris), held in Mucem, Marseille.

12/2016      “Romans 10:5-13 and Midrash Pesher, a Case Study in the History of Hermeneutics” Martin-Buber-Chair Colloquium, Goethe University Frankfurt.