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Simeon Chavel is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Divinity School. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, then Lecturer in the Department of Religion at Princeton University, Simeon Chavel arrived at Chicago in the fall of 2009. His interests range across what he calls “the religious imagination” of ancient Israel; literary questions of genre, rhetoric and poetics, with particular interest in law; and the relationship between history and forms of historiography. He employs an interdisciplinary approach that takes into account ancient Near Eastern culture, composition history (“source criticism”), manuscript history (“textual criticism”) and rabbinic interpretation. Recent and upcoming publications treat the Second Passover of Numbers 9, the combination of law and narrative in biblical historiography, and the motif of looking at God’s face. Current courses include “Family Matters in Ancient Israel,” “Law in Biblical Literature,” and “Zion and Zaphon: Biblical Texts from Seventh Century Judah.”


Past Courses

BIBL 31800. Family Matters in Ancient Israel. Winter 2010

BIBL 32700. Law in Biblical Literature. Spring 2010.

BIBL 42400. Isaiah 40-66: Babylon and Yehud. Winter 2011, Winter 2012.

BIBL 44600. Zion and Zaphon: Biblical Texts from Seventh Century Judah. Winter 2010.

BIBL 44608. The Book of Hosea. Autumn 2013.

BIBL 44700. The Book Of Samuel: MT-LXX-DSS. Spring 2011, Autumn 2014.

BIBL 44800. Words of the Wise: Proverbs and Qohelet. Spring 2010.

BIBL 46200. Prophetic Vision and Divine Visitation. Autumn 2011.

BIBL 46600. God’s Mythic Profile in the Hebrew Bible. Autumn 2010.

BIBL 55000. Literary Features of Biblical Composition. Winter 2012, Winter 2013.

BIBL 55100. Hebrew Bible Colloquium. Winter 2014.

BIBL 55300. Exodus 19-25. Winter 2012, Winter 2013.

BIBL 55800. Novellas of the Hebrew Bible. Winter 2014.

JWSC 20001. Jewish History and Society I. Autumn 2013.

JWSC 20004. Jewish Thought and Literature: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2014.

SOSC 28851. Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civ – I. Spring 2012.