Judith H. Newman

Judy Newman 

Associate Professor of Religion and Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

A.B., Princeton University, 1983
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, 1988
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996

Office: Room 110
Tel.: (416) 585-4533
Fax: (416) 585-4516
Email: judith.newman@utoronto.ca

Teaching & Research Interests

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.

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.

Courses Taught

EMB 1003-1004 Introduction to the Old Testament

EMB 5401-RLG 3634 Scripture and Ritual at Qumran

EMB 5203-RLG 3144 Isaiah and Post-Exilic Prophecy

RLG 319H Reconceptions of Biblical Figures in Early Jewish and Christian Literature

RLG 326H The Roots of Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity

Selected Publications


Author with Pieter van der Horst, Early Jewish Prayers in Greek (CEJL; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008).

Revisions with Bernhard Anderson and Steven Bishop for the fifth edition of Understanding the Old Testament. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006).

Editor with Hindy Najman, The Idea of Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Honor of James L. Kugel. (JJSSup 83; Leiden: Brill, 2004).

Praying by the Book: the Scripturalization of Prayer in Second Temple Judaism. (SBLEJL 14; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999).

Articles and Essays

“Priestly Prophets at Qumran: Summoning Sinai through the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice,” The Significance of Sinai: Traditions about Sinai and Divine Revelation in Judaism and Christianity (G. J. Brooke, H. Najman, and L. T. Stuckenbruck, eds.; TBN 13; Leiden: Brill, 2008).

“The Composition of Prayer and Songs in Philo’s De Vita Contemplativa,” in Empsychoi Logoi: Religious Innovations in Antiquity (van der Horst Festschrift; A. Houtman, A. De Jong, M. Misset-van de Weg, eds.; Brill, 2008).

“The Staff of Moses and the Mercy of God: Moses’ Final Intercession in Pseudo-Philo 19,” Israel in the Wilderness: Interpretations of the Biblical Narratives in Jewish and Christian Traditions (TBN 10; K. Pomykala, ed.; Leiden: Brill, 2008).

“Three Contexts of Manasseh’s Prayer in the Didascalia,” Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies, 2007.

“Three Contexts of Manasseh’s Prayer in the Didascalia,” Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies, 2007.

“Psalms” and “Worship” for the Dictionary of Early Judaism (John Collins and Dan Harlow, eds.; Eerdmans, forthcoming).

Articles on “Judith”, and “Judith, Book of” and “Prayer” for the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Katherine Doob Sakenfeld, ed.; Nashville: Abingdon, 2006-).

Entries on David, Joseph, Noah, Rebecca, and Rachel for Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations (Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn, eds.; Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Other Resources


Seminar on Culture and Religion in Antiquity

Toronto School of Theology Bible Seminar

SBL Early Judaism and Its Literature Monograph Series (editor)

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