Sara Milstein

  • The Development of the Hebrew Bible
  • Mesopotamian Literature and Religion
  • Writing and Scribal Culture in the Ancient World
  • Israelite and Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy
  • Biblical and Mesopotamian Law

“Making a Case: The Emergent Near Eastern Legal Imagination

BOOKS 
Tracking the Master Scribe: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
Fleming, Daniel and Sara J. Milstein. The Buried Foundation of the Gilgamesh Epic: The Akkadian Huwawa Narrative, Cuneiform Monographs Series 39 (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2010).
JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
“Outsourcing Gilgamesh,” in ed., Raymond Person and Robert Rezetko, Empirical Models Challenging Biblical Criticism  (Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature, 2016), 37-62.
“Saul the Levite and His Concubine: The ‘Allusive’ Quality of Judges 19,” Vetus Testamentum 66 (2016): 95-116.
“Insights into Editing from Mesopotamian Literature: Mirror or Mirage?” in ed., Reinhard Müller, Juha Pakkala, and Bas ter Haar Romeny, Insights into Editing in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East, Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2016).
“The Origins of Adapa,” Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie 105.1 (2015): 30-41.
“The Magic of Adapa,” in ed., Paul Delnero and Jacob Lauinger, Texts and Contexts: Approaches to Textual Transmission in the Cuneiform World (Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, 2015).
“Delusions of Grandeur: Revision through Introduction in Judges 6-9,” in ed., John Greene, A Life in Parables and Poetry: Pedagogue, Poet, Scholar: Essays in Honor of Mishael Maswari Caspi (Berlin: Klaus-Schwarz Verlag, 2014), 210-239.
“‘Who Would Not Write?’ The Prophet as Yhwh’s Prey in Amos 3:3-8,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75 (2013): 429-445.
“From Rambam to Richard Wright: Job, the Delayed Angel, and the Conception of Modern Midrashim,” in ed., Mishael Caspi, Why Hidest Thy Face: Job in Traditions and Literature (Berkeley, California: Bibal Press, 2002).
REFERENCE MATERIALS
“Adapa,” in ed., Lisbeth Fried, Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (New York: Routledge, 2015).
“Enkidu,” in ed., Lisbeth Fried, Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (New York: Routledge, 2015).
“Gilgamesh,” in ed., Lisbeth Fried, Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (New York: Routledge, 2015).

 

Sara Milstein earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from New York University in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, with a focus on Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. That year, she co-authored with Daniel Fleming a monograph entitled The Buried Foundation of the Gilgamesh Epic: The Akkadian Huwawa Narrative (Brill). After graduating, she was awarded two post-doctoral fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies: the Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowship (2010-2011) and The New Faculty Fellowship (2011-2012). In conjunction with the latter, she held residence at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She then moved to Vancouver with her husband Aaron and their children in July 2012. In 2012-2013, she was the recipient of the Ephraim Urbach Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. In 2016, she published Tracking the Master Scribe: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature (Oxford University Press). In 2017, she was the recipient of the Killam Faculty Research Fellowship and the Killam Teaching Prize at UBC. Her current project, titled “Making a Case: The Emergent Near Eastern Legal Imagination,” is funded by a Hampton Grant and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant. 

Prophecy and Kingship in Ancient Israel (RELG 305)

Elementary Biblical Hebrew (HEBR 305)

Courses Currently Taught

Winter 2017

CNRS504A Studies in Religion - STUD RELG Sections

Winter 2017

RELG209 Eden to Exile: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible Sections

An overview of the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament"), with emphasis on its ancient Near Eastern context; its competing religious perspectives; and its limits as a historical source.

Winter 2017

RELG475E Topics in Religion - TPCS IN RELIGION Sections

Consult the course registration information each year for offered topics.

Winter 2017

RELG307 Sex, Lies, and Violence in the Hebrew Bible Sections

An exploration of the Bible's "dark side," with emphasis on texts that center on sex, deceit, and murder.

Winter 2017

RELG500B Topics in Biblical Studies - BIBLICAL STUDIES Sections

Studies in the history, literature, canon and text, and the religious thought of the Old and New Testaments. This includes the study of the cultural and religious milieu out of which these documents arose. Such studies require a competence in the canonical languages (Biblical Hebrew and/or Koine Greek), usually achieved by not less than two years of study.

Winter 2017

RELG201 Near Eastern and Biblical Mythology Sections

An introduction to the world of Near Eastern mythology, from the Gilgamesh Epic to the Book of Genesis and beyond.