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Deborah A. Green - Hebrew Language & Literature

Program Director, Greenberg Associate Professor

Biographical Information

Ph.D., 2003, University of Chicago; M.A., 1997, University of Chicago; B.A., 1984, Brandeis University.

Professor Green's interests lie in the history, literature, and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, particularly as it was adopted and interpreted by Jews from the Second Temple through Byzantine periods.

Her book, The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature (Penn State University Press, forthcoming) investigates rabbinic interpretation (midrash) of perfume and incense. She is particularly interested in the images of aromatics in the Hebrew Bible and how, in the course of interpretation, the early rabbis inscribe their own daily experience with aromatics upon the interpretations. In her latest project, Professor Green focuses on dangerous and liminal spaces in the Bible and ancient Jewish literature. She is principally interested in the intersection of women and such environments as the garden, the courtyard, and the rooftop - and how the valences of these narratives from biblical literature as well as everyday experience of these spaces are echoed and change in Hellenistic and early rabbinic literature.

Professor Green is also the co-editor of two books, Commemorating the Dead: Texts and Artifacts in Context: Studies of Roman, Jewish, and Christian Burials (Walter de Gruyter, 2008) and Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Curriculum Vitae

Phone: (541)346-5974
Office Address: 352 SC
Office hours: Mondays 3:00pm-4:00pm & Tuesdays 1:30pm-2:30pm

Judith R. Baskin - Judaic Studies

Philip H. Knight Professor of Humanities

Associate Dean, Humanities

Judith R. Baskin, Philip H. Knight Professor of Humanities, is Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Professor Baskin served as President of the Association for Jewish Studies from 2004 to the end of 2006. A recipient of the Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 1976, she taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1976-88, and at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was Chair of the Department of Judaic Studies from 1988 to 2000. Dr. Baskin, who has been at the University of Oregon since 2000, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, in 2012.

Dr. Baskin is the author of Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature (2002) and Pharaoh's Counsellors: Job, Jethro and Balaam in Rabbinic and Patristic Tradition (1983). Her most recent edited volumes are The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture (2011) and The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (2010), co-edited with Kenneth Seeskin and a 2011 National Jewish Book Award winner. Other edited volumes include Jewish Women in Historical Perspective, now in its second edition (1998), and Women of the Word: Jewish Women and Jewish Writing (1994). Professor Baskin is currently writing a feminist commentary on Tractate Megillah of the Babylonian Talmud.

Curriculum Vitae

Phone: (541)346-3902
Office Address: 114 Friendly Hall

Daniel K. Falk - Ancient Judaism and Biblical Studies


Biographical Information

Ph.D., 1996, Cambridge; M.A., 1992, Regent; B.A., 1987, Providence. (1998)

Professor Falk's interests lie in the history and literature of ancient Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity, especially the development of prayer and liturgy, interpretation of scripture, and the formation of religious communities. His research focuses particularly on the Dead Sea Scrolls, which he is involved in translating and reconstructing. He is the author of Daily, Sabbath, and Festival Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 1998) and Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls (T&T Clark/Continuum, 2007). He is co-editor of several other books: Sapiential, Liturgical and Poetical Texts from Qumran (Brill, 2000) and a 3-volume series on the history of penitential prayer entitled Seeking the Favor of God (SBL/Brill, 2006, 2007, 2008). Among numerous articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls, he published the official editions of two manuscripts from Qumran, "4QWorks of God" and "4QCommunal Confession," (in Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 29; Oxford University Press, 1999).

Member, The International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls; Editorial Board of the International Organization for Qumran Studies, Editorial Board of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament; the Society of Biblical Literature; Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

Curriculum Vitae

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Office hours: On Leave 2014-15

Andrew Riley

Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible

Biographical Information

Ph.D., 2010, M.Phil., 2008, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; M.A., 2003, B.A., 1999, The Ohio State University

Professor Riley specializes in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in the light of textual sources and material culture from the ancient Near East. Within this context, he is interested in negative depictions of the divine. His current research project is a monograph based on his dissertation (Esau I Hated: Perceptions of Divine Hate in the Ancient Near East), which uses as primary sources material from Canaanite documents (Ugaritic), ancient Israel (biblical Hebrew), and Mesopotamia (Akkadian).

He has published book reviews in Review of Biblical Literature and H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews and his contribution to Windows to the Ancient World of the Hebrew Bible: Essays in Honor of Samuel Greengus is in press with Eisenbrauns. Dr. Riley is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

An avid teacher, Professor Riley makes it a point to stay abreast of current trends in pedagogy. Prior to coming to the University of Oregon, he taught at Xavier University for several years.

Phone: 541-346-5984
Office Address: 354 SC
Office hours: Mondays 11:30am-2:00pm & 3:50pm-4:20pm

Adjunct Faculty

Maurice Harris,

      Office: 367 SC

      Office hours: Thursdays 1:00pm-3:00pm


Executive Committee

Monique Balbuena, Honors College,
Maram Epstein, East Asian Languages,
Deborah A. Green, (Chair), Religious Studies,
Gina Herrmann, Romance Languages,
Jeffrey Librett, German & Scandinavian,
David M. Luebke, History,
David Wacks, Romance Languages,
Judith R. Baskin, (Ex-Officio), College of Arts and Sciences,

Participating Faculty


Michael Aronson, English,
Diane B. Baxter, Anthropology,
Monique Balbuena, Clark Honors College,
Shaul E. Cohen, Geography,
Rick Colby, Religious Studies,
Matthew Dennis, English,
Mary-Lyon Dolezal, Art History,
David Frank, Clark Honors College,
Lisa Freinkel, English,
Miriam Gershow, English,
Marion Sherman Goldman, Sociology,
Evlyn Gould, Romance Languages,
Gantt Gurley, German and Scandinavian,
Kenneth I. Helphand, Landscape Architecture,
Gina Herrmann, Romance Languages,
David Hollenberg, Religious Studies,
Heidi Kaufman, English,
Anne Laskaya, English,
Jeffrey Librett, German & Scandinavian,
David Luebke, History,
Jack P. Maddex, History,
Jennifer Presto, Russian and East European Studies,
Gina Psaki, Romance Languages,
Judith Raiskin, Women's and Gender Studies,
Elizabeth Reis, Women's and Gender Studies,
Martha Ravits, Youth Enrichment/TAG Programs,
Steven Shankman, English,
Carol T. Silverman, Anthropology,
William Toll, History,
David Wacks, Romance Languages,
Lisa Wolverton, History,
Mary Wood, English,
Naomi Zack, Philosophy,