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James Robinson is Associate Professor of the History of Judaism in the Divinity School. His research focuses on medieval Jewish intellectual history, philosophy, and biblical exegesis in the Islamic world and Christian Europe. Among his special interests are the literary and social dimensions of philosophy, and the relation between philosophy and religion; the history of philosophical-allegorical exegesis; the translation and reception of Greek and Arabic philosophy and science; Jewish Sufism and Neoplatonism; Maimonides, Maimonideanism, and the Maimonidean controversies; religious polemic; and the interactions between the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian intellectual traditions. Among his courses are “Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages”; “Medieval Commentaries on Ecclesiastes”; “Readings in Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed”; “The Jews in Medieval Spain”; “Jewish Heretics and Apostates in the Middle Ages”; and “Soul, Intellect and Immortality in Medieval Jewish Thought.”


Past Courses

BIBL 54900. Seminar: Comparative Scriptural Interpretation. Taught with Margaret Mitchell. Spring 2011.

DVSC 30400. Introduction to the Study of Religion. Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010.

DVSC 32000. Introduction to the Historical Studies of Religion. Taught with Hans-Josef Klauck. Spring 2006.

HIJD 30901. Jewish Thought and Literature II: Philosophy , Sufism, Kabbalah. Taught with Igor DeSouza. Winter 2008.

HIJD 35100. The Jewish Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. Winter 2012.

HIJD 41100. Animal Spirituality in the Middle Ages. Spring 2007, Winter 2011.

HIJD 41900. The Jewish Study of the bible in the Middle Ages. Winter 2005, Winter 2009.

HIJD 42700. Interactions between Jewish Philosophy and Literature. Spring 2005, Spring 2007.

HJID 42900. The Jews in Medieval Spain. Winter 2005.

HIJD 42901. Brauer Seminar: The Buddha in Barcelona. Taught with Matthew Kapstein. Spring 2008.

HIJD 43401. Science & Scripture: Jewish Phil Exegesis in Middle Ages. Winter 2007.

HIJD 44603. The Bible in Arabic. Winter 2014.

HIJD 45400. Reading: Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed. Spring 2008, Spring 2012.

HIJD 45401. Aristotle in the Middle Ages. Winter 2013.

HIJD 45500. Medieval Commentary on Ecclesiastes. Spring 2004, Winter 2008.

HIJD 46401. Introduction to Judaeo-Arabic Literature and Thought. Winter 2013.

HIJD 48500. Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonism. Winter 2010.

HIJD 48600. Medieval Commentaries on Psalms. Spring 2012.

HIJD 48900. Maimonides, Eight Chapters and Commentary on Avot. Winter 2012.

HIJD 49200. Reading Other People’s Scriptures. Taught with Lucy Pick. Autumn 2009.

HIJD 49700. Readings: Abraham Ibn Ezra. Winter 2008.

HIJD 50600. Soul, Intellect, and Immortality in Medieval Jewish Thought. Spring 2006.

HIJD 50700. Medieval Hebrew Texts. Winter 2007.

HIJD 51500. Maimonides as Mystic. Spring 2014.

HMRT 24900/34900. Women, Religion & Human Rights. Taught with Alison Boden. Spring 2007.

ISLM 48500. Islamic and Jewish Neoplatanism. Winter 2010

JWSC 20005. Jewish Thought and Literature – II: Rabbinic Judaism from the Mishnah to Maimonides. Winter 2010.

JWSC 20006. Jewish Thought and Literature – III. Spring 2014.

JWSC 20100. Judaic Civilization 2. Winter 2006

NEHC 30441. Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages. Autumn 2003, Winter 2006

SOSC 28852. Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations – II. Spring 2009, Spring 2010.