University of Pennsylvania
Honorary Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

Babylonian Jewish Law and Society beyond Institutionalization


Simcha Gross is assistant professor of Ancient Rabbinics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a specialist in ancient and early medieval Jewish history, with a particular focus on the contextual study of the rabbis and rabbinic literature in their Persian and Islamic contexts. He also specializes in the study of Syriac Christianity.

Gross received his PhD at Yale University. He has previously taught at the University of California, Irvine and at Stanford University.

Selected publications

  • The History of the 'Slave of Christ': From Jewish Child to Christian Martyr (Gorgias Press, 2016)
  • Edited, Jews and Syriac Christians: Intersections across the First Millennium (Mohr Siebeck, 2020)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.