Christine Hayes is the Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University, specializing in talmudic-midrashic studies. Her most recent book, What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives (Princeton, 2015), received the 2015 National Jewish Book Award in Scholarship, a 2016 PROSE award in Theology and Religious Studies from the American Publishers Association, and a 2016 Jordan Schnitzer Award from the Association for Jewish Studies. Her other scholarly monographs are Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds (Oxford, 1997), recipient of the 1997 Salo Baron prize for a first book in Jewish thought and literature, and Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities (Oxford, 2002), a 2003 National Jewish Book Award finalist. She has authored two introductory volumes: The Emergence of Judaism (Fortress, 2010) and Introduction to the Bible (Yale, 2012). Edited works include Jewish Law and Its Interactions with Other Legal Systems (part of Jewish Law Association Studies; Deborah Charles, 2014) and the Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law (Cambridge, 2017) as well as forthcoming volumes on rabbinic culture and history. Hayes is active in professional and academic organizations, serving for four years as coeditor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review and as the current Vice President for Program for the Association for Jewish Studies.


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