Philip Yoo

Research interests:

  • Hebrew (Language)
  • Judaism
  • Hebrew Bible Studies
  • Reception
  • Religions

Philip Yoo is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, he is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Comm. in Commerce and Finance; M.Div. from Knox College), Yale University (S.T.M.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.). Before his arrival at UBC in 2021, he was first Postdoctoral Fellow and then Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on Pentateuchal theory, Ezra-Nehemiah, Second Temple Judaism, and biblical interpretation. He is the author of Ezra and the Second Wilderness (Oxford, 2017), co-editor of To Gaul, to Greece and into Noah’s Ark: Essays in Honour of Kevin J. Cathcart on the Occasion of his Eightieth Birthday (with Laura Quick, Ekaterina K. Kozlova, and Sonja Noll; Oxford, 2019), and several articles. His current book project, From Egypt to Canaan: The Israelite Wilderness and its Mythmakers examines the exodus and wilderness accounts and the reception of this tradition by the earliest Jewish and Christian interpreters.

 

Supervision
I would be glad to hear from any promising students who are interested in exploring the areas of biblical studies and Jewish studies, and I am interested in supporting students as they undertake the study of the ancient world. Please contact me by email if you would like to discuss the possibility of studying at UBC.

Publications

Monograph

Ezra and the Second Wilderness. Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Reviewed: R. Garton, Review of Biblical Literature, 06/2018; L.-S. Tiemeyer, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 42,5 (2018): 168–169; J. Pakkala, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 12/2018; K. Southwood, Journal of Theological Studies 70,1 (2019): 348–350.

Edited Volume

To Gaul, to Greece and into Noah’s Ark: Essays in Honour of Kevin J. Cathcart on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday. Co-edited with Laura Quick, Ekaterina E. Kozlova, and Sonja Noll. Journal of Semitic Studies Supplements 44. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Torah Yet to Come: Divine Activity in Isaiah 56–66.” In The History of Isaiah: The Making of the Book and its Presentation of the Past. Edited by Todd Hibbard and Jacob Stromberg. Forschungen zum Alten Testament I. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (In press).

“Dinah among Jacob’s Seventy: On Genesis 46,8-27.” Biblica 101,4 (2020): 481–497.

“For He Married a Cushite Woman! On the Text of Numbers 12:1.” Pages 37–48 in To Gaul, to Greece and into Noah’s Ark: Essays in Honour of Kevin J. Cathcart on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday. Edited by Laura Quick, Ekaterina E. Kozlova, Sonja Noll, and Philip Y. Yoo. Journal of Semitic Studies Supplements 44. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Delegitimizing a Witness: Composition and Redaction in Joshua 22.” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 18, art. 8 (2018): 1–21.

“Once Again: The Yam Sûp of the Exodus.” Journal of Biblical Literature 137,3 (2018): 581–597.

“‘After These Things’ and its Composition in Genesis.” Vetus Testamentum 68,4 (2018): 660–672.

“Hagar the Egyptian: Wife, Handmaid, and Concubine.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 78,2 (2016): 215–235.

“‘Armed for Battle?’ On the Meaning of חמשים in Exodus 13,18.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 128,1 (2016): 42–48.

“The Absence of Wisdom in the Wilderness.” Pages 352–374 in Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar. Edited by John Jarick. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 618. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015.

“On Nehemiah 8,8a.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 127,3 (2015): 502–507.

“The Place of Deuteronomy 34 and Source Criticism: A Response to Serge Frolov.” Journal of Biblical Literature 133,3 (2014): 661–668.

“Why Does Joseph Wash His Face?” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 38,1 (2013): 3–14.

“The Four Moses Death Accounts.” Journal of Biblical Literature 131,3 (2012): 423–441.

Contributions to Reference Works

The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2007–.
The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2007–.
“Helam,” vol. 11 (2015): 734 (84 words)
“Hepher (Person) 1–3,” vol. 11 (2015): 826 (281 words)
“Hiddai,” vol. 11 (2015): 1018 (80 words)
“Hodaviah 1–4,” vol. 12 (2016): 10–11 (373 words)
“Homan,” vol. 12 (2016): 258 (47 words)
“Hoshama,” vol. 12 (2016): 389 (122 words)

Book Reviews

Review of Megan Warner, “Re-Imagining Abraham: A Re-Assessment of the Influence of Deuteronomism in Genesis.” Review of Biblical Literature (02/2019).

Review of Robert K. Gnuse, “The Elohist: A Seventh-Century Theological Tradition.” Review of Biblical Literature (12/2017).

Web-Based
“‘Take Your Only Son Isaac’—What Happened to Ishmael?” Co-written with Grace E. Leake. TheTorah.com, November 12, 2019. https://www.thetorah.com/article/take-your-only-son-isaac-what-happened-to-ishmael/

“The Enlightened Jesus According to Jefferson.” The Texas Orator, Sept 4, 2018: https://thetexasorator.com/2018/09/04/featureweek-the-enlightened-jesus-according-to-jefferson/

“Ezra’s executive order.” OUPblog, July 5, 2017: https://blog.oup.com/2017/07/ezras-executive-order/

Conferences Presentations, Invited Lectures

“Traditions, Transposition, and Supplementation in the Visits of Moses’s In-Laws.” To be presented for the Pentateuch section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio. November 22, 2021.

“On the Cleanness of Job’s Hands: A Proposal for Job 22:30.” To be presented for the Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio. November 21, 2021.

“Moses the Israelite and Moses the Midianite?” Columbia Hebrew Bible Seminar (virtual). April 20, 2021.

“The Location of Kadesh and the Geography of the Pentateuch” for the Historical Geography of the Biblical World section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (virtual). December 10, 2020.

“Mind the Gap: From Torah to Torah in Ezra–Nehemiah” for the Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego. November 23, 2019.

“David: Saint or Sinner?” Panelist with Jonathan Kaplan and Brent Landau. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, The University of Texas at Austin. March 14, 2019.

“Moving the Mountain of God: Redactional Activity and the Conflation of Sinai and Horeb” for the Pentateuch section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver. November 19, 2018.

“Delegitimizing Another Witness: The ‘Altar’ by the Jordan and the Composition of Joshua 22” for the Joshua–Judges section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston. November 19, 2017.

“Dinah among Jacob’s Seventy” for the Genesis section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston. November 18, 2017.

“Ezra and the Second Wilderness.” Co-sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, The University of Texas at Austin. October 24, 2017.

“The Enlightened Jesus of Nazareth: Thomas Jefferson’s Quest for the Historical Jesus.” The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, The University of Texas at Austin. April 27, 2017.

“The Torah Yet to Come: Divine Activity in Isaiah 56–66” for the Formation of Isaiah section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio. November 19, 2016.

“The Burial Reports of the Hero Revisited” for the Pentateuch (Torah) section of the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Seoul. July 7, 2016.

“‘Let Us Make a Covenant’: A Post-Exilic Dispute on Covenant-Making in Ezra 9-10” for the Expressions of Religion in Israel section of the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Seoul. July 5, 2016.

“State-Sanctioned or Critiquing the State? Towards the Formation of the Pentateuch and the Promulgation of Torah” for the Ideological Criticism section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta. November 21, 2015.

“The Absence of Wisdom in the Wilderness.” Oxford Old Testament Seminar. March 10, 2014.

“The Midianite Origins of the Elohistic Moses.” Oxford Old Testament Seminar. May 27, 2013.

“‘After These Things’ and the Composition of Genesis” for the Pentateuch section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Chicago. November 20, 2012.

“An Evaluation of ‘Poetry’ in the Primeval History” for the “Literary Features”—Fact or Fiction: Current Trends in Analyzing Literary Figures in Ancient Near Eastern Texts section of the European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference, Amsterdam. July 24, 2012.

“An Egyptian Ritual in Genesis 43:31a?” for the Egyptology and Ancient Israel section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Francisco. November 19, 2011.