Jeffrey Stackert

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible; Associate Faculty in the Department of Classics and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationsalso in the College



MTS (Boston University School of Theology)
PhD (Brandeis University)

Jeffrey Stackert is a biblical scholar who situates the Hebrew Bible in the context of the larger ancient Near Eastern world in which it was composed. His research focuses especially on the composition of the Pentateuch, ancient Near Eastern prophecy, cultic texts, and ancient Near Eastern law. His first book, Rewriting the Torah: Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Legislation (Mohr Siebeck, 2007), addresses literary correspondences among the biblical legal corpora and especially the relationships between similar laws in Deuteronomy and pentateuchal Priestly literature. It was honored with the 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

His recent book, A Prophet Like Moses: Prophecy, Law, and Israelite Religion (Oxford University Press, 2014), analyzes the relationship between law and prophecy in the pentateuchal sources and the role of the Documentary Hypothesis for understanding Israelite religion.

Stackert has published essays in various volumes and journals, including Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Vetus Testamentum, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Journal of Ancient Judaism, and Journal of Religion.

He is currently working on a monograph on the biblical Priestly religious imagination. He is also coauthoring a commentary on the biblical book of Deuteronomy.

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Current and Upcoming Courses


BIBL 43803 Biblical Notions of Covenant

BIBL 48002 Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

BIBL 48402 Judges

BIBL 50206 Brauer Seminar: Jewish and Christian Responses to Biblical Criticism

BIBL 50804 Biblical Interpretation in the Qumran Scrolls

BIBL 52304 The Priestly God in the Hebrew Bible

BIBL 52907 Lamentations

BIBL 54700 Critical Methods for the study of the Hebrew Bible

History of Judaism

HIJD 50206 Brauer Seminar: Jewish and Christian Responses to Biblical Criticism