David M. Stern
Ph.D., 1980, Harvard University
B.A., 1972, Columbia College
- classical Jewish literature and religion
- the history of the Jewish book
Parables in Midrash: Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature (Harvard University Press).
Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature (Yale University Press).
Midrash and Theory: Ancient Jewish Exegesis and Contemporary Literary Studies (Northwestern University Press).
His essays and reviews on modern Jewish literature and culture have appeared in The New Republic, Commentary, The New York Times Book Review and Tikkun. He was also a founding editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.
He is currently working on a book entitled The Jewish Library: Four Jewish Classics and the Jewish Experience, which traces the history of the physical forms of the Talmud, the Rabbinic Bible, the Prayerbook, and the Passover Haggadah, and the ways in which those forms have shaped the meaning and significance of these classic Jewish books.
NELC 252: Themes in Jewish Tradition
NELC 156: Great Books of Judaism
HEBR 257: Studies in Rabbinic Literature
HEBR 258: Studies in Medieval Hebrew Literature
HEBR 357: Classical Midrash & Aggadah
HEBR 358: Siddur and Piyyut
NELC 356: Ancient Interpretation of the Bible