Jeffrey Stackert

Jeffrey Stackert


Phone(773) 702-8994

Areas of Study and Research


Historical Studies in Religion

Faculty Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible; also in the College and the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies; Associate Faculty in the Department of Classics and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Professor Stackert is on leave Spring 2021.


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 second 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 The Journal of Biblical LiteratureThe Catholic Biblical QuarterlyThe Journal of Ancient Near Eastern ReligionsVetus TestamentumThe Journal of Hebrew ScripturesThe Journal of Ancient Judaism, and The Journal of Religion. He serves on the editorial boards of Die Welt des Orients and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and is co-general editor of the open access series Ancient Near East Monographs, published by the Society of Biblical Literature Press. Stackert is also leading a digital humanities project, CEDAR: Critical Editions for Digital Analysis and Research (, which is funded by a grant from the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.