Tel Aviv University
Ivan and Nina Ross Family Fellowship

Research Topic

The Emergence of Halakhah through the Lens of 4QMMT


Vered Noam is professor of Talmud at the Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include rabbinic and Second Temple period literature, in particular Qumran halakha and its tannaitic parallels, the reconstruction of Second Temple period sectarian polemic, and the reflection of early Jewish traditions in the works of Flavius Josephus. At the Katz Center, she will be working on a new edition of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a legal work named 4QMMT, as part of the planned series, The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Noam received her PhD in Talmud at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has served as the chair of the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology and as a member of the Board of Directors, Tel Aviv University, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Library, Israel. She was the recipient of the Israel Prize in Talmud in 2020.

Selected publications

  • Shifting Images of the Hasmoneans: Second Temple Legends and Their Reception in Josephus and Rabbinic Literature (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • with Tal Ilan, Josephus and the Rabbis (Hebrew; Yad Ben-Zvi Press, 2017)
  • From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution: Conceptions of Impurity (Hebrew; Yad Ben Zvi Press, 2010)



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.