Joshua David Holo - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Joshua David Holo, Ph.D.

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Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus; Associate Professor of Jewish History

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles; Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, Los Angeles; Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Los Angeles
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Research Interests: 
Social and economic history

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Dr. Holo is the Dean of HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles and Associate Professor of Jewish History.

He served as Director of the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies at USC from 2006-2010.

Dr. Holo's publications focus on Medieval Jews of the Mediterranean, particularly in the Christian realm. His book, Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. 

Selected Publications and Edited Works

 “Both Byzantine and Jewish? The Extent and Limits of Jewish Integration in Middle Byzantine Society.” In Negotiating Co-Existence: Communities, Cultures and ‘Convivencia’ in Byzantine Society. Eds. B. Crostini and S. La Porta. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013

“Thoughts on Gershom b. Judah and the Italian Roots of Early Ashkenazic Jewry.” In Pesher Naḥum: Texts and Studies in Jewish History and Literature from Antiquity to the Middle Ages Presented to Norman Golb. Eds. J. Kraemer, M. Wechsler; Assoc. eds. F. Donner, J. Holo and D. Pardee. Chicago: Oriental Institute Press, 2011

Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (Awarded the 2004 Koret Foundation Jewish Studies Publications Program Subsidy)

Current and Future Courses
Medieval History
Public Lecture Topics
Heresy, Mysticism and Jewish Freedom of Conscience
Jews, Muslims and Christians: Religious Debates when the Stakes Were High
Speaking at Cross Purposes: the Hidden Impasse in Jewish-Christian Dialogue
‘My Dearest Brothers’: Pilgrims, Pirates and Jewish Guilt in the Letters of Jews in the Middle Ages
Jew or not a Jew? Proselytes, Apostates and the Deepest Challenges to Jewish Identity
Assimilation and Identity Politics in Hebrew Poetry of Spain’s Golden Age