Prof. Ishay Rosen Zvi

Department of Jewish Philosophy
חוג לפילוסופיה יהודית סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Ishay Rosen Zvi
Phone: 03-6409954
Office: Rosenberg - Jewish Studies, 407א

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Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Full Professor, teaches rabbinic literature in the department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel-Aviv University. In 2013 he was elected to the Israel Young Academy of Sciences. He has written on Midrash and Mishnah, as well as on issues of self-formation and collective identity in Second-Temple Judaism and rabbinic literature. Among his publications are: Demonic Desires: YETZER HARA and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia 2011); Body and Soul in Ancient Judaism (Modan: Tel Aviv 2012); The Mishnaic Sotah Ritual: Temple Gender and Midrash (Brill: Leiden 2012); Goy: Israel’s Others and the Birth of the Gentile (with Adi Ophir) (OUP: Oxford 2018; won the Goshen-Goldstein prize for the best book in Jewish Philosophy for the years 2016-2018); Between Mishnah and Midrash: The Birth of Rabbinic Literature  (Open University 2019). 

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Midrash hermeneutics project

Grants:

  • Israel Science Foundation  (2009-2012) - "The terminology of Tannaitic Midrash: towards a hermeneutic lexicon." Chief researcher.  (no. 41/09)    
  • Israel Science Foundation (2019-2022) - "The Hermeneutic of Tannaitic Midrashim: Between Halakha and Aggada." Co-chief researcher.  (no. 293/19)    

Books:

  • Between Mishnah and Midrash: The Birth of Rabbinic Literature (the Open University, Raanana 2019; Hebrew), 476 pages.
  • An English translation of this book is forthcoming on 2023 by the University of California.

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The birth of the goy project

This project sets out to explore the concept of the goy as a discursive tool for generating difference, as a way of using language to mark a metaphysical border line. As the authors explain, “we wish to recover the discursive framework that naturalized the radical alterity of the gentile and its binary opposition to the Jew, and made it into a fact of life”.

Grants:

  • Israel Science Foundation [2013-2016] -  "The birth of the goy in ancient Jewish literature." Co-chief researcher with Prof. Adi Ophir. (no. 580/13)   

Books:

  • Goy: Israel’s Others and the Birth of the Gentile (with Adi Ophir) (OUP: Oxford 2018; won the Goshen-Goldstein prize for the best book in Jewish Philosophy for the years 2016-2018); 
  • From the Holy Goy to the Shabbat Goy: Realizing the Jews’ Other, with Adi Ophir (Carmel, Tel-Aviv 2021) [Hebrew]

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