Mira Balberg Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies

Mira Balberg specializes in ancient Judaism, with a focus on early rabbinic literature. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in which she studied Hebrew Bible and Talmud, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Her areas of teaching include Hebrew Bible, Second Temple literature, Hellenistic Judaism, and Rabbinics. She is particularly interested in the ways in which the Jewish Literature composed in the Hellenistic and Roman era interprets and transforms biblical institutions, concepts, and values, often through dialogue and interaction with Greek, Roman, and early Christian cultures. Others topics on which she has worked and is currently working include questions of personhood in rabbinic literature, the human body and its changing cultural meanings in ancient Jewish texts, and the production of rabbinic knowledge.

Jewish Studies Courses 

  • Religion 220: Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • Religion 230: Introduction to Judaism
  • Religion 320: The Art of Biblical Narrative
  • Religion 330: The Sacred and the Profane in Ancient Judaism
  • Religion 330: Varieties of Ancient Judaism
  • Religion 379: Martyrdom and Sacrifice in the Ancient World