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Jonathan Boyarin,  Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies; Professor

Cornell Jewish Studies aims to be a model of engaged discussion and scholarship in the humanities. It offers the Cornell community a connecting thread to the lives of ancestors and neighbors, both now and long ago, down the block and far away, recorded in text, practice, art, and material culture.

Featured Faculty Research:

Professor Lauren Monroe's current book project, tentatively titled Joseph the Hebrew and the Genesis of Ancient Israel , focuses on the figure of Joseph, as both a the hero of the Joseph story and as the eponymous ancestor of a loosely affiliated coalition of tribes referred to in the Bible as the bet-yosef, or “House of Joseph”.  This term is often (mis)understood, both within the Bible and by biblical scholars, as a reference to the northern kingdom of Israel.

Monroe suggests that underlying the name is an older set of associations that were formative for both ancient Israel as a polity and the biblical traditions associated with the figure of Joseph.  This project engages such critical themes within Jewish Studies as: peoplehood, the interplay between textual composition and identity construction, the nature of “sacred” lore, attitudes about divinity, migration, servitude, and diaspora.