Jonathan Klawans

 Jonathan Klawans
Address1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215

Director, Division of Religious and Theological Studies,, Boston University School of Theology

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997
M.Phil., Columbia University, 1996
M.A., New York University, 1993
B.A., Columbia University, 1991

Professor Klawans joined the Department of Religion and the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies in the fall of 1997. Professor Klawans is a specialist in the religion and religious literature of Judaism in late antiquity. He teaches courses in Western Religion, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish history, and Rabbinic literature. He has published articles in journals such as AJS Review, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Jewish Studies, New Testament Studies, Numen and Religious Studies Review. Professor Klawans’s first book, Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism was published by Oxford University Press in 2000, and received awards as a best first book for that year from both the American Academy of Religion and the American Academy for Jewish Research. This book explores varied attitudes toward impurity and sin as expressed in the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic literature and the New Testament. Professor Klawans’s second book was published in 2006, also by Oxford University Press: Purity Sacrifice and the Temple: Symbolism and Supersessionism in the Study of Ancient Judaism. This book hopes to correct a number of misconceptions about the practice of sacrifice in the ancient world, and the understanding of it in the modern world. It was selected as a finalist in the Jewish Thought category for a 2005-2006 Koret International Jewish Book Award. Professor Klawans’s recent research focuses on the theological views of Josephus and the ancient Jewish sects (Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes).

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