Simeon Chavel

Associate 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 Jewish interpretation. Dr. Chavel’s first book, Oracular Law and Priestly Historiography in the Torah (Mohr Siebeck 2014), studies the combination of law and narrative in a distinct set of stories. His second book, God in the Eyes of Israel: A History of the Religious Imagination in Ancient Israel & Judea (well underway), traces the growing use of text as a discrete site of religious innovation and experience that draws on and reconfigures the lived spheres of family, region, royalty, and nationhood. Published work can be found at
Dr. Chavel seeks to help students develop creative research agendas and launch a career. He supports varied types of doctoral projects, defined by text, historical period, phenomenon or critical lens, and his courses range across the biblical corpus, themes running through it, and disciplines relevant to its study. A complete list of offerings and an academic bio can be found at LinkedIn
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Areas of study: 

Current and Upcoming Courses
  • Early Jewish Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible (HIJD/BIBL 53510)
  • The Book of Samuel (BIBL 44700)
  • Jonah and Joel (Biblical Hebrew III) (BIBL/HIJD 34210
  • Sources of the Pentateuch (BIBL 55110)