Noah Bickart

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, and JTS Fellow

Department: Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish History, Rabbinic Literature

Phone: (212) 678-8898

Email: nobickart@jtsa.edu

Building Room: Kripke 807

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

BA, University of Chicago, MTS, Harvard Divinity School, Rabbinical Ordination and PhD, The Jewish Theological Seminary

Dr. Noah Benjamin Bickart is assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He teaches courses in Rabbinic Literature, Codes, Ancient Judaism, and Early Christianity to undergraduate, graduate, and rabbinical students.

Dr. Bickart’s dissertation focused on the meaning and usage of a particular set of linguistically related Talmudic terms in order to show how and in what cultural context the Talmud began to take shape in the emerging scholastic centers of rabbinic learning in late Sassanian Babylonia. Parallels to these terms are shown to be found in the literatures of Syriac-speaking Christians who lived in close temporal and geographic proximity to Rabbinic Jews in Babylonia, providing avenues for comparisons between these scholastic cultures which shared scripture, language, and similar modes of study as worship. He is currently working on a project that focuses on sexuality in ancient Jewish culture. The first piece of this research, concerning Rabbinic attitudes toward the choreography of coitus, will be published soon in the Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Dr. Bickart also serves as Co-Rosh HaYeshiva for the Nishma Summer Beit Midrash program, JTS’s intensive summer program for the study of Rabbinic Literature, and is a first-term member of the Committee on Law and Jewish Standards, the central authority on halakha within Conservative Judaism.

Dr. Bickart has taught in a variety of settings, including Union Theological Seminary, the Academy of Jewish Religion, the JCC of Manhattan, Mechon Hadar, and around the country as a scholar-in-residence.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Overturning the ‘Table’: The Hidden Meaning of a Talmudic Metaphor for Coitus.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 25:2 (forthcoming, 2016).