Gregg E. Gardner

  • Judaic studies
  • Classical Rabbinic literature
  • Jews and Judaism in late antiquity
  • Religious ethics and law
  • Religion and material culture

My current research focuses on two areas:
- Material culture in late-antique Judaism
- Wealth, poverty, and philanthropy in classical rabbinic literature

For my complete CV, please visit https://ubc.academia.edu/GreggGardner

Books:

Gregg E. Gardner, The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015), xvi + 247 pages. Cambridge UP and Amazon

Reviews:

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.08.20 http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2016/2016-08-20.html

Marginalia: Los Angeles Review of Books, August 16, 2016 http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/problems-poverty-recently-impoverished-john-mandsager/

Society of Biblical Literature’s Review of Biblical Literature, 08/2016 https://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10410&CodePage=7540,2299,10410

Edited Volume

Antiquity in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Pasts in the Greco-Roman World (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 123; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008; co-edited with K. Osterloh).

Reviewed in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2009.09.73); Journal for the Study of Judaism (41; 2010); Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (33:5; 2009); New Testament Abstracts (53; 2009); Catholic Biblical Quarterly (72; 2010); Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae (35, 2009), Biblische Zeitschrift (54, 2010), Journal of Ancient Judaism (1, 2010), Journal of Jewish Studies (61, 2010), Salesianum (72, 2010), Revue d’histoire et de philosophie religieuses (90, 2010), Review of Biblical Literature (12/2010), Journal of Roman Studies(100, 2010), Journal of Semitic Studies (2011), Theologische Literaturzeitung (1; 2011),European Journal of Theology (20, 2011).

Articles

“Reading Between the Strata: Teaching Rabbinic Literature with Material Culture,” Teaching Theology & Religion 19:2 (2016), 189–209; peer-reviewed. 11,958 words.

“Pursuing Justice: Support for the Poor in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” Hebrew Union College Annual 86 (2015): 37–62; peer-reviewed. 13,848 words.

“Teaching Rabbinics to University Students without Prior Background,” in Learning to Read Talmud: What it Looks Like and How it Happens (ed. Jane Kanarek and Marjorie Lehman), accepted and in press; peer-reviewed; 7,553 words.

“Care for the Poor in Early Rabbinic Literature,” in Wealth and Poverty in Jewish Tradition (ed. L. Greenspoon; West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2015); 13–32. 10,525 words.

“Who is Rich? The Poor in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” Jewish Quarterly Review 104:4 (2014): 515–36; peer-reviewed.

“City of Lights: The Lamps of Roman and Byzantine Jerusalem,” Near Eastern Archaeology 77, 4 (2014): 284–90; peer-reviewed.

“Competitive Giving in the Third Century CE: Early Rabbinic Approaches to Greco-Roman Civic Benefaction,” in Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman World (ed. J. Rosenblum, N. DesRosiers, and L. Vuong; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht); 2014, 81–92; peer-reviewed.
“Let Them Eat Fish: Food for the Poor in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 45 (2014): 250–70; peer-reviewed.
“Charity Wounds: Gifts to the Poor in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” The Gift in Antiquity (ed. M. Satlow; Chichester, West Sussux, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2013), 173–88; peer-reviewed.
“Cornering Poverty: Mishnah Pe’ah, Tosefta Pe’ah, and the Reimagination of Society in Late Antiquity,” Envisioning Judaism: Studies in Honor of Peter Schäfer on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday (ed. R. Boustan, K. Herrmann, R. Leicht, A.Y. Reed, and G. Veltri; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013; 2 vols.), vol. 1, pp. 205–16.
“Astrology in the Talmud: An Analysis of Bavli Shabbat 156,” Heresy and Identity in Late Antiquity (ed. E. Iricinschi and H. Zellentin; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008), 314–38.
“The Significance of Antiquity in Antiquity: An Introduction,” Antiquity in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Pasts in the Greco-Roman World (ed. G. Gardner and K. Osterloh; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008; co-written with K. Osterloh), 1–25.

“Jewish Leadership and Hellenistic Civic Benefaction in the Second Century B.C.E.” Journal of Biblical Literature 126, 2 (2007): 327–43; peer-reviewed.

Book Reviews

“Review of R. Ulmer and M. Ulmer, Righteous Giving to the Poor: Tzedakah ("Charity") in Classical Rabbinic Judaism,” in Review of Biblical Literature, 09/2015 (2015): 4 pages (1,378 words).

“Review of S. Fraade, Legal Fictions: Studies of Law and Narrative in the Discursive Worlds of Ancient Jewish Sectarians and Sages,” in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 76 (2014): 177–78.
“Review of B.-Z. Rosenfeld and J. Menirav, Markets and Marketing in Roman Palestine,” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Period 38, 3 (2007): 419–22.
Encyclopedia Entries and Short Articles
“Hospitality in Judaism,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (ed. D.C. Allison, et. al.; De Gruyter), in press.
“Almsgiving,” “Meir, Rabbi, “Mishnah,” and “Pe’ah,” in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (ed. E. Orlin et al.; New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 36–38, 589, 601, 703.
“Lighting the Way: Material Culture Illuminates Religious Identity,” Biblical Archaeology Review 36, 4 (July/August 2010), 30, 72.

“Let Them Eat Fish: Food for the Poor in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2012; invited paper.

 

Respondent for papers in the “Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.,” session, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2012.

 

“Rabbis of the Lost Ark: Relics and Religion in Ancient Judaism,” University of British Columbia, 2012

 

Respondent for papers in the “Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.,” session, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2011.

 

 “Wounding Charity: Gifts for the Poor in Early Rabbinic Literature,” Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, 2011

 

“Who is Rich? Poverty and Identity in Rabbinic Judaism,” Brown University, Judaic Studies Faculty Seminar, 2011

 

“The Origins of the Jewish Concept of Charity,” Brown University, Cogut Center for the Humanities, 2011

 

“A Horse, a Slave, and a Pound of Meat: Gift-Giving and the Social Needs of the Poor in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, 2010

 

“The Hebrew Bible and the Archaeology of Ancient Israel,” Smith College, guest lecturer for the courseIntroduction to the Bible, 2010

 

“Greeks, Rabbis, and the Origins of Jewish Charity in the Third Century,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2010

 

“Kind Words for the Poor: Economic Identity and Otherness in Early Rabbinic Literature,” Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, 2010

 

“The Poor, Otherness, and Communication in Late Antique Rabbinic Literature,” Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, 2010

 

“The Gift in Early Judaism,” The Gift in Antiquity Conference, Brown University, 2010

 

“Social Justice in Early Judaism,” Harvard University, Political Theory Colloquium, 2010

 

“The Origins of Jewish Charity,” Harvard University, Center for the Humanities, 2010

 

“The Origins of Rabbinic tsedaqah (“righteousness, charity”),” Harvard University, guest lecturer for the course The Jewish Political Tradition, 2010

 

“Rabbinic Charity and Greco-Roman Political Culture,” Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, 2010

 

“Charity and Social Competition in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2009

 

“Engagements and Conversations with the Poor ‘Other’ in Early Rabbinic Literature,” Rabbis and Others in Conversation, Princeton University, 2009

 

“Creating Moral Values: gemilut hasadim (“acts of kindness”) in Early Rabbinic Literature,” Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, 2009

 

“Feeding the Poor: Food and Charity in Early Rabbinic Literature,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, 2009

 

“Charity and Social Justice in Early Rabbinic Judaism,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, 2008

 

“This Little Light of Mine: The Menorah and Oil Lamps in Byzantine Jerusalem and Late Antique Jewish-Christian Discourse,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2008

 

“Biblical Memories, Archaeology and Texts: The Re-imagination of Ancient Israel by Ben Sira,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 2008

 

“Memory, Archaeology, and Text: Ben Sira and the Re-imagination of Ancient Israel,” New England Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and American Schools of Oriental Research, 2008

 

“Light to the Nations: The Menorah and Candlestick Lamps in Byzantine Christian-Jewish Discourse,” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, 2008

 

“Reading Between the Strata: Archaeology, Economy, and Early Rabbinic Judaism,” A Century after Krauss’Talmudische Archäologie: Rabbinic Literature and the Material Culture of Roman Palestine Conference, Princeton University, 2008

 

“The Menorah in Byzantine Christian-Jewish Discourse,” Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, 2008

 

“Charity in Early Rabbinic Literature,” Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, 2007

 

“Tunnel Vision: King Hezekiah through Ben Sira’s Eyes,” Antiquity in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Pasts in the Greco-Roman World, Princeton University, 2006

 

“Rabbis as the Other in Talmudic Literature: A Polemic Against Astrological Practices within Rabbinic Society (BT Shab. 156),” Making Selves and Marking Others: Heresy and Self-Definition in Late Antiquity Conference, Princeton University, 2005

 

“Literature, Archaeology, and Methodological Considerations for the Study of Judaism in Late Antiquity,” Apollonia Excavations, Israel, 2006

 

“The Roman Fort at Yotvata, Israel,” Princeton University, Program in the Ancient World Workshop, 2005

 

“Jews and Judaism from 63 B.C.E. to 70 C.E.,” Princeton University, guest lecturer for the course New Testament and Early Christian Origins, 2005

 

“Rabbinic Literature and Material Culture,” Princeton University, 2005

 

“Civic Benefaction in Second Century B.C.E. Judean Society,” Princeton University, Program in the Ancient World, 2004

Princeton University, 2009, Ph.D
Princeton University, 2007, M.A.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2004, M.A.
Binghamton University, State University of New York, 1998, B.A.

For my complete CV, please visit https://ubc.academia.edu/GreggGardner

Supervision

I am interested in supervising students who wish to explore religions of law antiquity including, but not limited to, early Judaism and classical rabbinic literature. I also welcome the opportunity to work with students interested in the intersection of religion and material culture, as well as the material culture and archaeology of ancient Palestine. I have recently served on the committees of M.A. and Ph.D. students who have focused on the New Testament, classical archaeology, and early rabbinic literature.

Courses Currently Taught

Winter 2017

CNRS503B Studies in Literature, Art and Society - STUD LIT ART Sections

Winter 2017

RELG101 Introduction to the Western (Abrahamic) Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Sections

An overview of the three main western monotheistic (Abrahamic) religions, together with the concepts used in studying religion, The focus will be on the origins and representative texts along with some historical development and current experience of each religion.

Winter 2017

RELG330 The Origins of Judaism Sections

Surveys the history of Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple era, from the destruction of the First Jerusalem Temple (586 B.C.E.) to the beginnings of the rabbinic movement (200 C.E.).

Winter 2017

RELG502A Topics in Judaism - TOPICS JUDAISM Sections

Studies in the texts (in translation), history, and religious thought of Judaism after the close of the Biblical Period.