Yale UniversityChristine Hayes

Christine Hayes is Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1996, she taught at Princeton University. A specialist in Talmud, midrash and ancient Judaism, Hayes is the author of five books: Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds (Oxford University Press, 1997), Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud (Oxford University Press, 2002), The Emergence of Judaism (Fortress Press, 2010) Introduction to the Bible (Yale University Press, 2012), and most recently What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives (Princeton University Press, 2015).  She has also published several articles in Vetus Testamentum, The Journal for the Study of JudaismThe Harvard Theological Review, and various scholarly anthologies.

Hayes has recently completed a tour of duty as the chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Yale and is a core faculty member of Yale’s Program in Judaic Studies. Hayes is active in professional and academic organizations, currently serving as co-editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review and as an editor of The Encyclopedia for the Bible and Its Reception.

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  • Where is an Authentic Jewish Life Possible? Center and Diaspora in Classical Jewish Sources
  • Divine Law: A Tale of Two Concepts and Three Responses
  • God’s Critics: Ancient Perspectives on Morality and Biblical Law
  • The Abrogation of Torah Law: The Two Talmuds Compared
  • The Moses of Midrash: God’s Partner or Adversary
  • We’re No Angels: Striving for Perfection in Ancient Jewish Literature