Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

Constructing Jewish Territory: The Land of Israel in the Palestinian Talmud


Hanan Mazeh is a scholar of late antique Rabbinic Literature. His research explores textual and thematic developments in this corpus as a key to understanding Rabbinic society in the first centuries CE within its cultural context. His particular focus is the Palestinian Talmud, and he is especially interested in questions of territory and relations between Jews and Gentiles in Roman Palestine.

Mazeh completed his PhD in Jewish History at Ben Gurion University of the Negev with a dissertation titled “Tractate ‘Demai’ of the Palestinian Talmud: Halakha, Interpretation, and Social Dynamics during the Amoraic Period.” He has been a Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellow and a postdoctoral fellow in both the Department of History at Ben Gurion University and in a collaborative project conducted by the Einstein Center Chronoi in Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected publications

  • “Gentiles, Suspected Jews and Other ‘Others’: Textual, Halakhic and Social Developments in the Tosefta,” Hebrew; Te'uda 31 (2021)
  • “‘Built, Destroyed and Built  Again’: The Temple and History in Genesis Rabbah, in Light of Christian Sources,” The Jewish Quarterly Review 110 (2020)



Focusing on the broad contexts in which Jewish (and Israelite) law was developed by and for Jews, and in which it operated, treating law as a necessary component for understanding the broader dynamics of culture, history, governance, and economics of each place and period.