David B. Ruderman

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Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History
Contact Information
Office Address: 
306B College Hall
215 898.3793
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Office Hours: 
Tuesday, Thursday 3:15-4:15 or by appointment

David B. Ruderman is the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1975.
Rabbinical degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, 1971.

Research and Teaching Interests: 
  • Jewish culture in early modern Europe
  • Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern periods.
Selected Publications: 

The World of a Renaissance Jew: The Life and Thought of Abraham b. Mordecai Farissol (Cincinnati, Ohio, Hebrew Union College Press, 1981).

Kabbalah, Magic, and Science: The Cultural Universe of a Sixteenth-Century Jewish Physician (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1988).

A Valley of Vision: The Heavenly Journey of Abraham Ben Hananiah Yagel (Philadelphia, Pa., University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990 and also published in Hebrew in 1997).

For further publications, consult his History department profile.

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