Dr. Naomi Grunhaus

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Dr. Naomi Grunhaus is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Stern College for Women, where since 1997 she has devoted herself to teaching Tanach and methodology of biblical interpretation. She is also Associate Faculty at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. In addition to her book The Challenge of Received Tradition: Dilemmas of Interpretation in Radak’s Biblical Commentaries, published by Oxford University Press in 2013, Dr. Grunhaus has also authored scholarly articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. She is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences in the U.S. and abroad, with her current research focusing on biblical interpretation in Hebrew linguistic works. Dr. Grunhaus received her PhD in Jewish Studies from New York University, MA and MS degrees from New York University, a BS from Brooklyn College, and a Hebrew Teacher’s Diploma from Michlalah, Jerusalem College for Women.

Sample Titles

  • “Why Good Things Happen to Bad People: Reflections on Divine Justice in Jewish Tradition”
  • “‘Go Take Yourself a Wife of Harlotry’ (Hosea 1:2): The Symbolism of Prophetic Actions”
  • “613 Mitzvot: Why So Many?”
  • “Lessons for Rosh Hashanah from Sefer Nehemiah
  • “Lessons for Succot from Sefer Nehemiah
  • “A Uniquely Jewish Response to Tyranny: Lessons from the Chashmonaim”
  • “Go SLOW, FAST well: Achieving the Purpose of a Fast Day”
  • Klal Yisrael’s Role in Shaping its Destiny: Lessons from Bayit Sheini
  • “Taking Interest from a Non-Jew”
  • “On the Verification of Prophecy: The Relevance of Nevuah le-Tovah
  • “Zeal and Zealotry in the Bible and Midrash”
  • She-ar Yashuv, Immanuel, and Maher Shalal Chash Baz: The Significance of Children’s Names in Sefer Yeshayahu
  • “Innovative or Conservative Leadership during Bayit Sheini: The Evidence from  Sefer Nehemiah.”
  • “Miracles and Divine Providence in Ramban’s Thought”
  • “Methodological Considerations in Parshanut: When Peshat Contradicts the Halakhah.”
  • Perush ha-Meyuhas: Mistaken Attribution in Medieval Commentaries”
  • “Conventional and Contemporary Challenges in Biblical Interpretation”
  • Keri U’Ketiv: Indigenous and Purposeful or Indicative of a Disputed Text?”
  • Tikkunei Soferim: Theory and Practice”
  • “Impact of Ta’amei ha-Miqra on Perushim

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