Associate Professor of Religious Studies (On Leave - Fall 2012 & Spring 2013)
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Harvard University
B.A., Stern College, Yeshiva University
Hindy Najman’s areas of expertise are Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism, Hebrew Bible, early Rabbinics and the history of Jewish interpretation. Her primary focus is the history of concepts in Ancient Judaism. She has written about interpretive authority and revelation, and is now embarking on a project on the author function in Jewish antiquity. How did ancient Jewish authors understand what they were doing when they were writing texts that were typically anonymous or ascribed, not to their composers, but to authoritative figures? How did they reconstruct their past, and how did they imagine a future beyond their own constraints and challenges? How self-aware were they about their own contributions to these literary activities? Hindy completed her PhD at Harvard and has taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Notre Dame before joining the Faculty at Yale. Among her publications are Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2003) and Past Renewals (Brill, 2010). She is currently working on a book on the relationship between revelation and destruction, and a new translation with commentary of 4Ezra. Najman served as the editor-in-chief for the Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement Series from 2008 to 2011 and was the thematics issues editor for Dead Sea Discoveries from 2003 to 2010.