Ohio State University
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

Modena at the Crossroads: the Prophetic Laboratory of Rabbi Abraham Rovigo


Matt Goldish holds the Samuel M. and Esther Melton Professor of History Chair at Ohio State University, where he is also the director of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies. His books include Judaism in the Theology of Sir Isaac Newton (1998), which won the Salo Baron Prize from the American Academy for Jewish Research, The Sabbatean Prophets (2004), and Jewish Questions: Responsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period (2008). Matt’s work at the center will focus on the life and work of Rabbi Abraham Rovigo and his connection to and influence on the Sabbatean movement.



Studying all facets of the Jewish book—treating it as a historical agent in Jewish culture and as a medium of exchange within the larger cultures in which Jews have lived.


Devoting an entire year of study to the subject of Christian Hebraism, especially in early modern Europe.