Dr. Ari Mermelstein

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Ari Mermelstein, Assistant Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University, holds a PhD from NYU’s Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, a JD from NYU Law School, and a BA from Yeshiva College. He is also the assistant director of both the YU Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School and the Israeli Supreme Court Project at Cardozo Law School.

Dr. Mermelstein’s first book, “Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period,” was published in the Supplement Series to the Journal for the Study of Judaism (Brill, 2014). He is currently working on a monograph entitled “The Cultural Politics of Religious Emotion: Power and Emotion in Ancient Judaism” as part of his broader research on emotion in ancient Judaism.

Sample Titles

  • Did the Wise Son Own a Haggadah? Talmud Torah as an Alternative to Sippur Yetziat Mitzrayim on Seder Night.
  • Was the Greek Translation of the Torah a Good Thing? It Depends Whom You Ask.
  • The Divine Drama of Megillat Rut.
  • Rabbi Jesus? Portraits of Jesus in Rabbinic Literature.
  • Did God Originally Intend to Inflict the Ten Plagues on the Egyptians?
  • The Effect of the Deaths of Nadav and Avihu on the Structure of the Book of Leviticus.
  • Why Did the Jews Rebel Against Rome in 66 CE? The Destruction of the Second Temple in Its Historical Context.
  • The Case of the Missing Shofet: Judges 4.
  • Was Joshua Almost Condemned as One of the Spies?
  • What Happened to Zerubbavel? Politics and the Davidic Dynasty in the Persian Period.
  • What Hath Rabban Gamaliel Wrought? The Transformation of the Passover Seder in the Aftermath of the Destruction of the Second Temple.
  • Why did King Antiochus Persecute the Jews?
  • The Portrait of King Herod in Rabbinic Literature
  • ‘God Will Rule Over You’: The Conception of Kingship in Tanakh

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