Bar-Ilan University
Louis and Bessie Stein Term Fellowship
Ella Darivoff Fellowship

Research Topic

Middle Eastern Travels and Biblical Scholarship

Autobiographies of Three Converts from Judaism to Christianity at the Dawn of the Modern Age

Purim Celebration and Anti-Christian Expression among the Jews of Medieval and Early Modern Euorpe


Elliott Horowitz was an editor of JQR from 2003 to 2017. He taught for much of his career in the Department of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he studied the cultural and social history of Jews in premodern Europe. Horowitz's project is titled “Middle Eastern Travels and Biblical Scholarship.



Applying an interdisciplinary approach to the richness and diversity of travel writing.


Examining the boundary between Judaism and other religions with a concurrent study of parallel social and religious phenomena and historical contexts.


Working to expose the shifting linkages between commerce and culture in Jewish life from medieval to modern times.


Challenging the methodological divide between history and anthropology in the study of Jews and Judaism.


Taking stock of the distinctive properties of, and putative boundary between, traditional memory and modern critical history.