Steven Fraade

Steven FraadeSteven Fraade
Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism
Yale University

Steven Fraade teaches courses on rabbinic literature, the history of Second Temple and early rabbinic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He regularly offers seminars on midrashic, mishnaic, and talmudic texts, and topics in ancient Jewish history. His research interests include the history of Judaism (in its varieties) in Second Temple and early rabbinic times; biblical translation and exegesis in ancient Judaism and Christianity; the history and rhetoric of ancient Jewish law; the Dead Sea Scrolls; literary-rhetorical analysis of tannaitic and amoraic rabbinic texts; attitudes towards ascetic piety in early Judaism; and multilingualism in ancient Jewish culture.

In 1988 Fraade was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. During 1988-89, 1993, and 2015 he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. He is also the recipient of research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He was elected as an Honorary Member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language (Jerusalem).

He is a former Chair of the Religious Studies Department and previously chaired the university’s Language Study Committee. He currently chairs its Program in Judaic Studies. Most recently (2015) Fraade was Sackler Scholar at the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies, Tel Aviv University. He is under contract with Oxford University Press to write a new annotated translation of and commentary to the Damascus Document as part of the Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Selected Publications

Enosh and His Generation: Pre-Israelite Hero and History in Post-Biblical Interpretation. Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series 30. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1984.

From Tradition to Commentary: Torah and its Interpretation in the Midrash Sifre to Deuteronomy. Jewish Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion Series. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.

Rabbinic Perspectives: Rabbinic Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 7-9 January, 2003. Edited by Steven D. Fraade, Aharon Shemesh, and Ruth A. Clements. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 62. Leiden: Brill, 2006.

Legal Fictions: Studies of Law and Narrative in the Discursive Worlds of Ancient Jewish Sectarians and Sages. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 147. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

The Faces of Torah: Studies in the Texts and Contexts of Ancient Judaism in Honor of Steven Fraade. Edited by Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Tzvi Novick, and Christine Hayes. Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements 22. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2017.

Forthcoming: The Damascus Document. The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.