Prof. Beth Berkowitz’s new book, Religious Studies and Rabbinics: A Conversation

This book is co-edited by Prof. Berkowitz and Elizabeth Shanks Alexander of the University of Virginia, and is published by Routledge. Religious Studies and Rabbinics represents the first sustained effort to create a conversation between these two academic fields. In one trajectory of argument, the book shows what is gained when each field sees how the other engages the same questions. A second line of argument brings research methods, theoretical claims, and data associated with one field into contact with those of the other. When Religious Studies categories such as "ritual" or "the sacred" are applied to data from Rabbinics and, conversely, when text-reading strategies distinctive to Rabbinics are employed fortexts from other traditions, both Religious Studies and Rabbinics enlarge their scope.