Areas of Study and Research
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’s latest monograph, Deuteronomy and the Pentateuch, just appeared as part of the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. This book makes a new argument for what Deuteronomy is, how and when it originated, and how it should be read. Stackert also edited, with Joel S. Baden, the new reference volume, The Oxford Handbook of the Pentateuch.
Stackert has published articles in various volumes and journals, including The Journal of Biblical Literature, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Vetus Testamentum, The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, The 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 (cedar.uchicago.edu), which is funded by grants from the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
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