Professor Michael L. Satlow (Ph.D. in Ancient Judaism from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America) specializes in the history of Jews and Judaism in antiquity but also writes and teaches more broadly. His most recent authored book is How the Bible Became Holy and has recently edited two volumes, Judaism and the Economy: A Sourcebook and Strength to Strength: Essays in Honor of Shaye J. D. Cohen. He is the Managing Editor for Brown Judaic Studies and has held fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fulbright program among others. He also directs several digital projects, including Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine.
"Bad Prophecies: Canon and the Case of the Book of Daniel." When Texts are Canonized, edited by Timothy H. Lim, Providence, Brown Judaic Studies, 2017, pp. 63-81.
How the Bible Became Holy. Yale University Press, 2014.
"Markets and Tithes in Roman Palestine." Markets and Tithes in Roman Palestine, edited by Filippo Carlà and Maja Gori, 2014, pp. 315-336.
|Satlow, M. L. "SUSANNA DRAKE. Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts." The American Historical Review, vol. 119, no. 4, 2014, pp. 1325-1326.|
"What Does Love Have to Do with It? Sibling Relationships among Judean Jews in the First-Third Centuries CE." Ehe-Familie-Gemeinde , edited by Dorothee Dettinger and Christof Landmesser, 2014, pp. 103-116.
"From Salve to Weapon: Torah Study, Masculinity, and the Babylonian Talmud." Religious Men and Masculine Identity in the Middle Ages, edited by P. H. Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis, Boydell, 2013, pp. 16-27.
"Jew or Judaean?." The One Who Sows Bountifully”: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers, edited by Carolyn Johnson Hodge, Saul M. Olyan, Daniel Ullucci, and Emma Wasserman, Brown Judaic Studies, 2013, pp. 165-175.
"Jewish Time in Early Nineteenth Century America: A Study of Moses Lopez’s Calendar." American Jewish Archives Journal, vol. 65, 2013, pp. 1-29.
The Gift in Antiquity. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
|Satlow, Michael L. "Confronting Vulnerability: The Body and the Divine in Rabbinic Ethics (review)." Shofar, vol. 30, no. 2, 2012, pp. 170-172.|
|Satlow, Michael L. "Narratives or Sources? Active Learning and the Teaching of Ancient Jewish History and Texts." Teaching Theology & Religion, vol. 15, no. 1, 2012, pp. 48-60.|
|Michael L. Satlow, None. "Fruit and the Fruit of Fruit": Charity and Piety among Jews in Late Antique Palestine." Jewish Quarterly Review, vol. 100, no. 2, 2010, pp. 244-277.|
|Satlow, M. L. "Philo on Human Perfection." The Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 59, no. 2, 2008, pp. 500-519.|
|Satlow, Michael. "Jewish Slavery in Antiquity." Journal for the Study of Judaism, vol. 38, no. 3, 2007, pp. 392-394.|
|Satlow, M. L. "Defining Judaism: Accounting for "Religions" in the Study of Religion." Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 74, no. 4, 2006, pp. 837-860.|
|Satlow, Michael L. "A History of the Jews or Judaism? On Seth Schwartz's Imperialism and Jewish Society, 200 B.C.E. to 640 C.E." Jewish Quarterly Review, vol. 95, no. 1, 2005, pp. 151-162.|
|Satlow, Michael. "Disappearing Categories: Using Categories in the Study of Religion." Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, vol. 17, no. 4, 2005, pp. 287-298.|
|Satlow, Michael L. "Texts of Terror”: Rabbinic Texts, Speech Acts, and the Control of Mores." AJS Review, vol. 21, no. 02, 1996, pp. 273.|
Professor Michael L. Satlow specializes in Early Judaism, with a particular interest in social history. He has written extensively on issues of gender, sexuality, and marriage among Jews in antiquity. He also has broader research interests in Jewish history, methodology and theory in religious studies, and Late Antiquity generally. His latest book is entitled How the Bible Became Holy.
2016- Funding for Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine from the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation
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
Strength to Strength: Essays in Honor of Shaye J. D. Cohen (editor; Brown Judaic Studies, 2018)
Judaism and the Economy: A Sourcebook (editor; Routledge, 2018)
How the Bible Became Holy (Yale University Press, 2014; also translated in French and Italian)
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
"Josephus's Knowledge of Scripture," Journal of Ancient Judaism 11 (2020): 385-417
"Ben Sira" (commentary), in Jonathan Klawans and Lawrence Wills, The Jewish Annotated Apocrypha (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020)
“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
1997-98: American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
2007: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2007: Cogut Faculty Fellowship
2012-13: Fulbright Senior Scholar
2012-13: Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship, W. F. Albright Institute
2020-21: Cogut Faculty Fellowship
2020-21: NEH Public Scholars Fellowship
I teach both graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of topics in early Judaism, Judaism, comparative religions and history, and digital humanities. I am involved directly in graduate advising and training. I also regularly teach adult education classes.
|HMAN 1973S - God's Law: Religion, Spirituality, and Legality|
|JUDS 0063 - Antisemitism: A History|
|JUDS 0681 - Great Jewish Books|
|JUDS 0682 - How Bible Became Holy|
|JUDS 0686 - The Ten Commandments|
|RELS 0088 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam|
|RELS 0323 - Great Jewish Books|
|RELS 1144 - Adam and Eve in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation|
|RELS 2100G - Early Rabbinic Literature: The Mishnah|
|RELS 2100I - Readings in Rabbinic Literature|
|UNIV 2460 - Introduction to Digital Humanities|