Abraham J. Berkovitz - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Abraham J. Berkovitz, Ph.D.

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Phone: 
(212) 674-2275
Assistant Professor of Liturgy

HUC-JIR/New York

Program/School: 
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York; Rabbinical Program, New York
Academic Field: 
Rabbinics and Liturgy; Religions
Research Interests: 
Psalms; Book History; Jewish and Christian Interaction; Biblical Reception; Targum and Piyyut

A. J. Berkovitz is Assistant Professor of Liturgy at HUC-JIR/New York.

He received a PhD in Religion from Princeton University in 2018 for his dissertation "The Life of Psalms in Late Antiquity," which explores the reception and practice of the Psalter among Jews and Christians in the ancient world.

He is the co-editor of "Rethinking 'Authority' in Late Antiquity" (Routledge, 2018) and the author of articles that have appeared or are forthcoming in Hebrew Studies, Jewish Quarterly Review, Revue de Qumran and Aramaic Studies.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Authority in Late Antique Historiography: Authorship, Law and Transmission in Jewish and Christian Tradition, eds. Abraham Berkovitz and Mark Letteney, (London: Routledge, 2018) 

“Jewish and Christian Exegetical Controversy in Late Antiquity: The Case of Psalm 22,” Ancient Readers and Their Scriptures (eds. Garrick Allen and John Dunne; Leiden: Brill, 2018), 222-39

Akkadian Bulluṭu and Hebrew רפא: Pardon and Loyalty in Hosea and Neo-Assyrian Political Texts (with Shawn Zelig-Aster), Hebrew Studies 59 (2018): 149-71

Translation, Translation Technique and the Superscriptions of the Aramaic Psalter,” Jewish Quarterly Review, forthcoming

Current and Future Courses
Jewish Life Cycle and Ritual Theory
Foundations of Jewish Liturgy
Targum in/as Translation
The Bible in the Synagogue: Targum, Midrash, Piyyut and Art
Public Lecture Topics
Catching Foxes- Love and Ambiguity in Song of Songs
LiShana HaBa'ah BiMitzrayim? The Jews of Elephantine
How Terrorism and the Roman Game of Thrones Destroyed Bayit Sheni
A View from Without: Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism
A Very Greek Purim: Reading Esther in the Second Temple Era
Esther on the Cross: How the Rabbis used Midrash to Combat Christianity
Who Were the Rabbis? Jewish Identities in the Times of the Talmud (lecture series)
Dramatizing the Decalogue: Recovering a Lost Liturgical Art
Playing in the Bible’s Back Yard: Using the Ancient Near East to Understand the Commandment to Love God
The Haggadah in Renaissance Italy