Judith H. Newman

Dr. Judith H. Newman

AddressVictoria University, in the University of Toronto
73 Queens Party Crescent
Toronto, ON

Associate Professor of Religion and Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel College of Victoria University

A.B., Princeton University,
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School,
Ph.D., Harvard University,

Judith H. Newman is Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Emmanuel College and holds a joint appointment with the Department and Centre for the Study of Religion in the area of early Judaism and a cross-appointment to the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. Her current research interests are in ritual studies and the formation of communities in early Judaism and Christianity particularly as this can be mapped in contested interpretations of scripture. She is also interested in the crystallization of traditional text as scripture, method in the study of the Bible, Jewish-Christian relations, and the responsible theological interpretation of the Bible in contemporary Christian communities, especially in preaching.

She is currently at work on a monograph, The Liturgical Imagination about the intersection of scripture, ritual performance, and prayer in early Judaism and Christianity. She serves as editor for the SBL Early Judaism and Its Literature Monograph Series.

At the University of Toronto, she participates in two ongoing seminars, the Seminar on Culture and Religion in Antiquity: http://www.utoronto.ca/sajc/ and the Toronto School of Theology Bible Seminar.

She holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before arriving in Toronto, she taught at General Theological Seminary in New York City and has also offered courses at Yale Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary (NYC), SUNY-Purchase, and Harvard Divinity School.

When not engaged in the above, she follows North American and international politics as closely as possible given the limitations of our media. She is interested in the visual arts, especially painting and film, and enjoys creative pursuits in gardening and competitive thrift-store shopping. She is married to David Holt, an artist, and they have two children, Madeleine and Sebastian.

Areas of Interest

Old Testament; Hebrew Bible;

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