Professor Hindy Najman
2009 Student Summer Seminar: Jewish Thought and Enduring Human Questions
Hindy Najman (University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of Ancient Judaism in the Department of for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Her areas of expertise are Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism, Hebrew Bible, early Rabbinics and the History of Jewish Interpretation. Her monograph, entitled: Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2003) studies authority and authorship in ancient Judaism, focusing on Moses, as a central figure to whom authoritative scripture is ascribed in ancient Judaism. She has written many articles on Hebrew Bible, Philo of Alexandria, Ezra-Nehemiah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Ezra and the Book of Jubilees. In 2004 she co-edited a volume entitled The Idea of Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Honor of James L. Kugel , edited with Judith H. Newman (Brill, 2004) and this year co-edited Sinai Revisited: Jewish And Christian Interpretations with George Brooke and Loren Stuckenbruck (Brill 2008). Najman was just named the editor-in-chief for the Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement Series. This series produces 10 new volumes on the study of ancient Judaism each year. In addition, she is currently thematics issues editor for Dead Sea Discoveries. Najman is now completing a monograph entitled: Prophetic Ends: Concepts of the Revelatory in Late Ancient Judaism. In addition, she is also co-authoring a commentary on 4Ezra with Robin Darling Young and is preparing a collection of her own essays on Philo of Alexandria entitled Remember the Torah of Moses My Servant (Malachi 3.22): Scripture, Exemplarity and Soul Formation in Philo of Alexandria.