University of Pennsylvania Law School
Gruss Visiting Professor of Law

Research Topic

Nature, Incongruity, and Humor in Rabbinic Literature 


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 courses focus on the literature and history of the biblical and talmudic periods, and her pedagogical work has earned her such awards as the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. 

Hayes received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and, prior to joining the faculty at Yale, served as assistant professor of Hebrew studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. 


Selected publications

  • What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives (Princeton University Press, 2015)
  • Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities (Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds: Accounting for Halakhic Difference in Selected Sugyot from Tractate Avodah Zarah (Oxford University Press, 1997)



Posing new questions about the theories, institutions, and paradigms shaping the study of nature, and about the cultural and religious consequences that emerge from such study.