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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Current and Upcoming Courses


BIBL 32700 Law in Biblical Literature

BIBL 34210 Jonah and Joel (Biblical Hebrew III)

BIBL 36010 The Book of Psalms (Biblical Hebrew III)

BIBL 42906 The Book of Ezekiel

BIBL 50805 Textual Knowledge and Authority: Biblical and Chinese Literature

BIBL 50902 The Book of Kings: Critical Review

BIBL 55110 Sources of the Pentateuch

History of Judaism

HIJD 34210 Jonah and Joel (Biblical Hebrew III)