Dr. Yifat Monnickendam

חוג להסטוריה של עם ישראל סגל אקדמי בכיר


Yifat Monnickendam is a senior lecturer at the Department of Jewish History. She teaches courses in late antique law and history.

Her main field of interest is the evolving Christian legal tradition in its Jewish and Roman late antique context. Her current research project focuses on the Syro-Roman Lawbook and its surrounding. In this project she focuses on the developments and changes in inheritance law in Christian, Roman and Jewish legal thought and practice in the fourth to the sixth centuries, as a test case for understanding the evolution of independent Christian legal traditions and their relations to imperial Roman law and Jewish law.

She earned her PhD at Bar Ilan University, was a Crane Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at the Jewish Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University and a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


2018 –

Senior Lecturer, The Department of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University


Visiting Lecturer, The Faculty of Law and the Department of Jewish History


The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellow, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Crane Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Jewish Studies Program

Academic Appointments

Late Antique and early Medieval legal History; Canon Law; Roman Law; Greek and Latin Christianity; Syriac Christianity; Jewish-Christian Relations; Talmudic Literature and Jewish Law; Social Histo

Awards and Prizes


Jewish Law and Early Christian Identity: Marriage in the Writings of Ephrem the Syrian Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2020).

Articles (Peer-reviewed)

  1. ‘Executing a Pregnant Woman: a History of a Polemic’, Teuda 31 (2020): 505-539 (Hebrew).
  2. ‘Killing a Pregnant Animal and Executing a Pregnant Woman: The Evolution of the Legal and Exegetical Discourse’, Dine Israel 34 (2021): 113-137 (Hebrew).
  3. ‘Biblical Law in Greco-Roman Attire: The Case of Levirate Marriage in Late-antique Christian Legal Traditions’, Journal of Law and Religion 34 (2019): 1-29.
  4. ‘The Exposed Child: Transplanting Roman Law into Late Antique Jewish and Christian Legal Discourse’ American Journal of Legal History 59 (2019):1-30.
  5. ‘Late Antique Christian Law in the Eastern Roman Empire: Toward a New Paradigm.’ Studies in Late Antiquity 2.1 (2018): 40-83.
  6. ‘How Greek is Ephrem’s Syriac? Ephrem’s Commentary on Genesis as a Case Study’, Journal of Early Christian Studies 23 (2015): 213-244.
  7. Articulating Marriage: Ephrem’s Legal Terminology and its Origins’, Journal of Semitic Studies 58 (2013): 257-296.
  8. ‘“I Bring Death and Give Life, I Wound and Heal” (Deut. 32:39) - Two Versions of the Polemic on the Resurrection of the Dead’, Henoch 35 (2013): 90-118 (=English translation of #11).
  9. ‘The Kiss and the Earnest: Early Roman Influences on Syriac Matrimonial Law’, Le Muséon 125 (2012): 307-334.
  10. ‘“I Will Put to Death and Bring to Life, I Will Smite and Heal” – Two Versions of the Polemic on the Resurrection of the Dead’, Tarbiz 76 (2007): 329-351 (Hebrew).
  11. ‘Bruria as a Contradictory Analogy to Rabbi Meir’, Derech Aggadah 2 (1999): 37-63 (Hebrew).

Book Chapters

  1. Ephrem, the Betrothed and the Adulteress’, in The Family in Late Antiquity: Between Kinship and Community, edited by Uriel Simonsohn and Yaniv Fox, Bialik Press: Jerusalem (2019): 51-66 (Hebrew).
  2. ‘Ephrem’s Commentary on Genesis: Jacob’s Blessings’, in Anthology of Syriac Literature, edited by Youval Rotman and Bar Blinitzky, Tel Aviv University Press: Tel Aviv (2019): 123-138 (Hebrew).
  3. ‘Syriac Church Fathers’ in Hebrew Bible, edited by Emanuel Tov, The Textual History of the Bible; Vol. 1. Leiden: Brill (2017): 764-767 (invited).

Book Reviews

  1. ‘Hayes, Christine. What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives, Princeton University Press 2015’, Shnaton Hamishpat Ha-Ivri 29 (2016-2018): 235-243.
  2. ‘Koltun-Fromm, Naomi. Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community. New York: Oxford University Press 2010’, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 14, 2 (2011): 285-293.

Edited Volume

The Journal of Legal History: Family Law(s) under the Roman Empire (Special Issue), edited by Yifat Monnickendam and Paul du Plessis, 40 (2019).

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