Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible; also in the College
PhD (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Dr. Chavel studies the literature of the Hebrew Bible, the religion of ancient Israel and Judea, and their relationship. His approach combines theory of literature, religious studies, the ancient historical and social context, and early interpretation. Last year Dr. Chavel released his first book, Oracular Law and Priestly Historiography in the Torah (Mohr Siebeck 2014). His second book, God in the Eyes of Israel: A History of the Religious Imagination in Ancient Israel & Judea, is well underway.
Examples of his style are: "'Oracular Novellae' and Biblical Historiography — Through the Lens of Law and Narrative," Clio 39 (2009); "The Face of God and the Etiquette of Eye-Contact: Visitation, Pilgrimage, and Prophetic Vision in Ancient Israelite and Early Jewish Imagination," Jewish Studies Quarterly 19 (2012), and "Prophetic Imagination in the Light of Narratology and Disability Studies in Isaiah 40–48," Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 14 (2014).
Areas of study:
Current and Upcoming Courses
31000 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
31000 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Jewish Thought and Literature
44602 Song of Songs
44700 The Book of Samuel: MT-LXX-DSS
50902 The Book of Kings: Critical Review
52800 The Book of Kings: Seminar