Daniel Boyarin

Daniel Boyarin
Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture
Chair, Department of Rhetoric
UC Berkeley

Daniel BoyarinDaniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture and Rhetoric, UC Berkeley received his Ph. D. in 1975 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He has been an NEH Fellow (twice), a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, a holder of the Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin and a Ford Foundation Fellow. He spent the academic year 2012-2013 as a fellow of the Wissenschaft Kolleg in Berlin and a von Humboldt Forschung Preisträger at the FU Berlin in 2017.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2006.

Prof. Boyarin has written extensively on talmudic and midrashic studies, and his work has focused on cultural studies in rabbinic Judaism, including issues of gender and sexuality as well as research on the Jews as a colonized people. His most recent research interests centered primarily around questions of the relationship of Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity and the genealogy of the concepts of “religion” and “Judaism.” Current projects include a critical edition of the second chapter of Bavli Pesachim and a biography of Josephus for the Yale Jewish Lives.

Selected Publications

Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash (University of Indiana Press, 1990)

Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture (UC Press, 1993)

A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity (UC Press, 1994)

Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man (UC Press, 1997) 

Dying for God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism (Stanford University Press, 1999) [French and Italian translations published]

Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004) (winner of the AAR award for best book on religion in the area of historical studies in 2006.)

Socrates and the Fat Rabbis (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

The Jewish Gospel: The Story of the Jewish Christ (New Press 2012)

A Traveling Homeland: The Talmud as Diaspora (Penn: 2016)

Imagine No Religion [with Carlin Barton: Fordham: 2016].

Judaism: the Genealogy of a Modern Notion (Rutgers University Press, 2018).