Dr. Naomi Grunhaus

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Dr. Naomi Grunhaus is Associate Professor in the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies at Stern College, where she has been teaching Tanach and methodology of biblical interpretation for twenty years. Her book on the interplay between peshat and derash in Rabbi David Kimhi’s biblical commentaries was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Grunhaus’ current research focuses on developments in Radak’s thinking between the writing of his linguistic works and the writing of his commentaries. She is a frequent presenter at academic conferences, who has also authored scholarly articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. Dr. Grunhaus received her PhD in Jewish Studies from New York University, MA and MS degrees from New York University, and a BS from Brooklyn College.

To include students in her research, she has three times mentored students who were awarded Yeshiva University’s Summer Research Grants. She has twice received a Ms. E. Billi Ivry Faculty Research Incentive Award and was also the recipient of the Murray and Madeleine Baumel Faculty Incentive Award.

Sample Titles

  • Polemics in Parshanut.
  • Methodological Considerations in Parshanut: When Peshat Conflicts with Halakhah
  • Methodological Considerations in Parshanut: Challenges to Aggadot
  • Methods of Parshanut: Translation Choices when Quoting the Targum
  • Choices in Parshanut: Use of “Critical Editions”
  • Methods of Parshanut: Use of Mesorah Gedolah and Mesorah Ketana to Determine Correct Text of Tanach
  • Methods of Parshanut: Impact of Ta’amei ha-Miqra on Perushim
  • Methods of Parshanut: Fluidity when Assigning Prophecies to Specific Historical Events
  • Radak’s Dependence on Ibn Ezra in his Commentaries
  • Radak’s Development as an Exegete over Time
  • Bar Ilan’s ha-Keter Miqra’ot Gedolot Edition: Innovations, Purpose, and Utility
  • Radak’s Shorashim and his Biblical Commentaries: A Comparison of his Biblical Interpretations between the Two Works.
  • Rashi’s Commentary as a Source for Unique Midrashic Versions
  • Additions (Tosafot) to Rashi’s Commentaries by his Students and Copyists
  • Methods of Peshat: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Stylistics
  • Keri U’Ketiv: Indigenous and Purposeful or Indicative of a Disputed Text?
  • Tikkunei Soferim: Theory and Practice
  • The Contribution of Rabbinic Literature to Jonah ibn Janah’s Biblical Exegesis in his Sefer ha-Shorashim
  • Miracles and Divine Providence in Ramban’s Thought
  • The Symbolic Action (Ma’aseh Simli) in Nevi’im Aharonim
  • On the Verification of Prophecy: The Relevance of Nevuah le-Tovah
  • Zealotry in the Bible and Rabbinic Literature
  • The Complaint of Bnei Yosef in Joshua 17
  • Shimon and Levi: Justification for Killing the Men of Shechem
  • The View of Medieval Parshanim: Counting the People of Israel without Sheqalim
  • “Divrei ha-Sefer he-Hatum”: The Prophet’s Complaints about Bnei Yisrael’s Failure to Heed Prophecies
  • She-ar Yashuv, Immanuel, and Maher Shalal Chash Baz: The Significance of Children’s Names in Sefer Yeshayahu
  • Taking Interest from a Nochri
  • An Analysis of the Haftarah of Shabbat Bereishit

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