Richard Kalmin

Dr. Richard Kalmin holds the Theodore R. Racoosin Chair of Rabbinic Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the interpretation of rabbinic stories, ancient Jewish history, and the development of rabbinic literature, and has lectured on these topics throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States.

Dr. Kalmin's award-winning book, Jewish Babylonia Between Persia and Roman Palestine, was published in 2006 by Oxford University Press. The book was honored by the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Committee of the Association of Jewish Studies as a 2009 Notable Selection in the category of Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Archaeology.

Dr. Kalmin has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Hebrew Union College, and Union Theological Seminary, and a faculty fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University. In 2011, he was a faculty fellow and a visiting professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Frankel Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan. In 2012, Dr. Kalmin was the Horace W. Goldsmith visiting professor in Judaic Studies at Yale.

Dr. Kalmin was recently awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities to pursue research on the subject of "Contextualizing Late Antique Rabbinic Narratives in Their Mesopotamian, Eastern Roman, and Persian Cultural Contexts." Read the Press Release.

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Published Works

Migrating Tales: Contextualizing Late Antique Rabbinic Narratives (University of California Press, forthcoming).

Jewish Babylonia Between Persia and Roman Palestine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Jewish Culture and Society Under the Christian Roman Empire (Leuven: Peeters Press, 2003) (co-edited with Dr. Seth Schwartz, JTS)

The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity (London: Routledge Press, 1999)

Sages, Stories, Authors, and Editors in Rabbinic Babylonia (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994)

The Redaction of the Babylonian Talmud: Amoraic or Saboraic? (Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 1989)

Editorial Work

Editorial Board of Pompendia Rerum ludaicarum ad Novum Testamentum (CRINT), member

First Project: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature (forthcoming)

The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 4: The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period, National Jewish Book Award (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), member of the executive editorial board


More Information

Title: Professor, Talmud and Rabbinics
Department: Faculty
Building/Room: Brush 620
Phone: 678-8018
Ext: 8018