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.