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Michael Satlow

Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies:
Program in Judaic Studies and Department of Religious Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 3911

Professor Michael L. Satlow specializes in Early Judaism and has written extensively on issues of gender, sexuality, and marriage among Jews in antiquity, as well as on the Dead Sea scrolls, Jewish theology, methodology in Religious Studies, and the social history of Jews during the rabbinic period. His latest book is entitled "Creating Judaism."


Professor Michael L. Satlow received his Ph.D. in "Ancient Judaism" from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1993. His most recent book is Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice. He is on the board of Henoch and is a co-editor of the Brown Judaic studies series. He has held and ACLS and Guggenheim Fellowships.


I am now engaged in two major research projects, a synthetic Jewish history of the Second Temple period (ca. 520 BCE - 70 CE) and a study of a Jewish piety in late antiquity. The latter especially dovetails with my interest in inscriptions from Israel/Palestine, for which I am developing a digital database. This project brings together the previously published inscriptions from Israel/Palestine from approximately 500 B.C.E. to 640 C.E. in both their original languages and English translation into a searchable database.


Ph.D Jewish Theological Seminary, 1993


1997-98 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
2007 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2007 Cogut Faculty Fellowship


Society of Biblical Literature; American Academy of Religion; World Union of Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies


I teach both graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of topics in early Judaism, Judaism, and comparative religions. I am involved directly in graduate advising and training. I also regularly teach adult education classes. In spring, 2012,I am teaching "Faith and Violence" and "The Talmud".

Funded Research

2007-8 Co-recipient (with John Bodel) of Salomon Faculty Research Grant for development of a Center of Digital Epigraphy

2005-6 Recipient of Salomon Faculty Research Grant for work on "Inscriptions from the Land of Israel" : $15,000

2003-4 Recipient of a Scholarly Technology Group grant for work on "Inscriptions from the Land of Israel"

1998- Corresponding Fellow, Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel: $2000

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Curriculum Vitae

Download Michael Satlow's Curriculum Vitae in PDF Format