Dr. Shalom Holtz

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Dr. Shalom Holtz is an assistant professor of Bible at Yeshiva University, hired as part of the University’s efforts to enhance and expand its academic Jewish studies programs.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Holtz holds a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Harvard University (1999) and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania (2006), both in Near Eastern languages and civilizations.

Dr. Holtz’s research interests include the relationship between ancient Mesopotamian civilization and Jewish civilization. He has published articles and lectured at academic conferences on this subject.

Prior to his appointment at Yeshiva, he served as a member of the faculty at the Drisha Institute in Manhattan.

Sample Titles

  • The Goring Ox and the Message of Biblical Law
  • Floods, Fertility and Family: The Mesopotamian Background of the Noah Story
  • Sennacherib vs. Hezekiah: An Episode in Biblical History
  • 9 Av, 586 BCE
  • The Biblical Prophets in the Synagogue (The Haftara)

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