Michael L. SatlowProfessor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies
Professor Michael L. Satlow received his Ph.D. in "Ancient Judaism" from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1993. His most recent book is How the Bible Became Holy. He is on the board of Henoch and is a co-editor of the Brown Judaic Studies series. He has held ACLS and Guggenheim Fellowships.
How the Bible Became Holy (Yale University Press, 2014)
The Gift in Antiquity (editor; Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
Creating Judaism: History, Religion, Practice (Columbia University Press, 2006)
Religion and the Self in Antiquity (co-editor; Indiana University Press)
Jewish Marriage in Antiquity (Princeton University Press, 2001)
Tasting the Dish: Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality (Brown Judaic Studies, 1995)
Selected Recent Essays
“Jewish Time in Early Nineteenth Century America: A Study of Moses Lopez’s Calendar,” American Jewish Archives Journal 65(2013):1-29.
“Jew or Judaean?” in Carolyn Johnson Hodge, Saul M. Olyan, Daniel Ullucci, and Emma Wasserman, eds., “The One Who Sows Bountifully”: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers (BJS 356; Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2013), 165-175
“From Salve to Weapon: Torah Study, Masculinity, and the Babylonian Talmud,” in P. H. Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis, eds., Religious Men and Masculine Identity in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2013), pp. 16-27
“Narratives or Sources? Active Learning and the Teaching of Ancient Jewish History and Texts,” Teaching Theology and Religion 15 (2012): 48-60.
“Jewish In-Laws, the View from Antiquity,” in C. Badel and C. Settipani, ed., Les strategies familailes dans l‘antiquité tardive (Paris: de Boccard, 2012), 265-277
“Tradition: The Power of Constraint,” in The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies, edited by Robert Orsi (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 130-150
“‘Fruit and the Fruit of Fruit’: Charity and Piety among Jews in Late Antique Palestine,” Jewish Quarterly Review 100 (2010): 244-277
“Two Copies of a Printed Early American Jewish Calendar in Providence,” Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes 15 (2009): 416-427
“Philo on Human Perfection,” Journal of Theological Studies 59 (2008): 500-519
“Theophrastus’s Jewish Philosophers,” Journal of Jewish Studies 59 (2008): 1-20
“Beyond Influence: Toward a New Historiographic Paradigm,” in Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intertext, edited by Yaron Eliav and Anita Norwich (Brown Judaic Studies; Providence: Brown University, 2008), pp. 37-53
“Defining Judaism: Accounting for ‘Religions’ in the Study of Religion,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 74:4 (2006): 837-60
Professor Michael L. Satlow specializes in Early Judaism and has written extensively on issues of gender, sexuality, and marriage among Jews in antiquity, as well as on the Dead Sea scrolls, Jewish theology, methodology in religious studies, and the social history of Jews during the rabbinic period. His latest book is entitled How the Bible Became Holy.
My primary research project at the moment is a study of a Jewish piety in late antiquity. This dovetails with my interest in inscriptions from Israel/Palestine, for which I am developing a digital database (http://www.brown.edu/iip).
2007-8 Co-recipient (with John Bodel) of Salomon Faculty Research Grant for development of a Center of Digital Epigraphy
2005-6 Recipient of Salomon Faculty Research Grant for work on "Inscriptions from the Land of Israel"
2003-4 Recipient of a Scholarly Technology Group grant for work on "Inscriptions from the Land of Israel"
1998- Corresponding Fellow, Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
1997-98: American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
2007: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2007: Cogut Faculty Fellowship
2012-13: Fulbright Senior Scholar
2012-2013: Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship, W. F. Albright Institute
Society of Biblical Literature; American Academy of Religion; World Union of Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies
I teach both graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of topics in early Judaism, Judaism, and comparative religions. I am involved directly in graduate advising and training. I also regularly teach adult education classes.
JUDS 0681 - Great Jewish Books. Fall 2014, Fall 2015.
JUDS 1611 - The Dead Sea Scrolls. Fall 2013.
JUDS 1612 - Adam and Eve in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation. Spring 2015.
JUDS 1630 - The Talmud. Spring 2014.
RELS 0025 - Wealth: Religious Approaches. Fall 2015.
RELS 0325 - How the Bible Became Holy. Spring 2015.
RELS 0325 - Judaism, Christianity and the Bible. Fall 2013.
RELS 1130 - Philo. Spring 2014.
RELS 2011 - Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean. Fall 2014.