Dr. Jonathan Jacobs

Dr.
Dr. Jonathan Jacobs
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Personal Details:

Name:                          Jonathan Jacobs

I.D. no.:                        02208150-9

Date of birth:                5 Kislev 5726; 29 November 1965

Personal status:             Married + 5

Address:                       Mishol ha-Vered 5/b, P.O.B. 414 Alon Shvut 9043300

Tel:                               02-9934292

E-mail:             yonyy29@gmail.com

 

Education:

 

Yeshivat Har Etzion, Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion

1984-1992

Teachers’ Diploma in Jewish Studies, Herzog College

1987-1989

Rabbinical Ordination, Chief Rabbinate of Israel

1990-1992

B.A. in Education, Jerusalem College

1991-1992

M.A. in Bible Studies, Bar Ilan University

1993-1997

Ph.D. in Bible Studies, Bar-Ilan University

1999-2003

 

 

Experience in Education and Teaching:

 

Israel Tour Guide

1989-1992

Homeroom Teacher ("Ram) at Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Kfar Ha-Ro’eh

1993-1997

Lecturer at Bar Ilan University (Bible Dpt. and Midrasha)

1996-

Lecturer at Lipschitz Academic College for Teachers - Jerusalem

1998-2000

Lecturer at Ashkelon College

1998-1999

Lecturer at Herzog College – Alon Shvut

1999-

Coordinator of Bible Studies Dept. at Herzog College

1999-2005

Lecturer at Touro College

2002-2003

Deputy head of The Institute for Advanced Torah Studies - The Midrasha for Women at Bar Ilan University

2005-2007

 

 

Misc.

 

I.D.F. military service – infantry, Giv’ati

1985-1986

Responsible for religious-secular encounters and supplementary studies for outstanding students at Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Kfar Ha-Ro’eh

1993-1997

A member of the steering committee of the SBL annual Midrash and Parshanut section 2015–

 

Awards and Scholarships:

1.      Rector’s Award for Excellence 1999

2.      Award for Excellence by the Scholarship and Awards Committee for Ph.D. Students, 1999

3.      Hay Foundation Fellowship, 2000

4.      Mozes S. Schupf Foundation Fellowship, 2001

5.      Fellowship awarded by the Miriam Goldstein and Yaakov Dinar Family Foundation, 2002

6.      Award for Excellence in Education, 2006

7.      Award for Excellence in Education, 2008

8.      Award for Excellence in Education, 2009

9.      Rector's Prize for Excellent Teacher, 2010

10.  Award for Excellence in Education, 2011

11. Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts, 2013

12. Izhak Ben-Zvi Prize, 2017

 

Grants:

  1. The Israel Science Foundation (ISF), 2009-2011, 30,000$, "The Addenda to Nahmanides' Torah Commentary Written in Eretz Israel" (with Prof. Yosef Ofer).
  2. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2009, 1000$, "Rabbi Joseph Kara as an Exegete of Biblical Narrative".
  3. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2010, 2000$, "The Scope of Dissemination of Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah in the 12th-14th Centuries".
  4. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2011, 1000$, "The Addenda to Nahmanides' Torah Commentary Written in Eretz Israel".
  5. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2013, 2000$, " The Leqah Tov Commentary on Song of Songs"
  6. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2014, 2000$, "The 'Narrative Parable' in the School of Rashi and His Disciples (11th-12th centuries)".
  7. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2015, 5500NIS, "Inner-Textual Exegesis in Bechor-Shor Commentary to the Torah".
  8. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2016, 15000 NIS "Inner Biblical Exegesis in Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah".
  9. The Israel Science Foundation (ISF), 2017, 18,517 NIS, assisting in Publication the Research "Bekhor Shoro Hadar Lo: R. Joseph Bekhor Shor Between Continuity and Innovation"
  10. Beit Shalom, Kyoto, Japan, 2017, 12,000 NIS " Nahmanides and Ibn Ezra’s Commentaries on Genesis and Exodus"
  11. Fondation Ihel, 2017, 6,000 NIS " Nahmanides and Ibn Ezra’s Commentaries on Genesis and Exodus"

Organization of Conferences:

  1.       The Plain meaning that are new - Rashbam International Conference, Ramat-Gan Israel, 30 May 2011. (Organized with Prof. Amos Frisch, Dr. Elie Assis, Dr. Moshe Rachimi)
  2. The 8th international Conference of Bar-Ilan Department of Bible, 9 May 2013 (Organized with Prof. Elie Assis)

Conferences:

  1. "The Illumination of the Pure Menorah - Rashi from Ramban's Perspective", Rashi - Teacher for Generations (Conference marking 900 years since his death), Alon-Shevut, 15 May 2005.
  2. "Retrospection as an Exegetical Device in Rashbam's Torah Commentary", Fourteen World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 31 June - 4 July 2005.
  3. "Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch as a Peshat Commentator: Literary Aspects of his Commentary on the Pentateuch", RSR Hirsh International Conference, Ramat-Gan Israel, 11 July 2008.
  4. "Willing Obedience with Doubts: Abraham at the Binding of Isaac", SBL 2009 International Meeting, Rome Italy, 30 June - 4 July 2009.
  5. "Literary Aspects on R. Joseph Bechor-Shor Commentary on the Pentateuch", Fifteen World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2-6 August 2009.
  6. "Intertextuality in Northern France in the Middle Ages", 20th Congress of IOSOT, Helsinki Finland, 1-6 August 2010.
  7. "Rashbam Major Principles of Interpretation as Deduced from a Manuscript Fragment Discovered in 1984", 42nd Annual AJS Conference, Boston, 19-21 December 2010.
  8. "The Decline of Peshat Exegesis in the 13th Century: Between France and Spain", 13th Century France - Continuity and Change, ISF-IAS Conference at IAS, Jerusalem, 14-17 February 2011.
  9. " Books and Scholars Encountered by Ramban Only Upon Arrival in the Land of Israel", The Torah has Seventy Faces - The Diversity of Medieval Jewish Biblical Commentary, Haifa, 22-24 May 2011.
  10. "Why was Rashbam’s Commentary Not Widely Disseminated? – A Re-Examination", The Plain Meaning that are New - Rashbam International Conference, Ramat-Gan Israel, 30 May 2011.
  11. "Ramban’s Addenda to his Commentary upon Reaching the Land of Israel", SBL International Meeting, London England, 4-8 July 2011.
  12. "Concerning the Dissemination of Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah in Provence During the 12th-14th Centuries", The International Conference for Judaic Studies - The Jewry of Provence (IECJ), Marseille, 13–15 February 2012.
  13. "Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch as a Peshat Commentator:  Literary Aspects of his Commentary on the Pentateuch", SBL International Meeting, Amsterdam, 22–26 July 2012.
  14. "Song of Songs: Commentary of Leqah Tov and its Relationship with the Commentary of Rashi", SBL International Meeting, St. Andreus, 7–11 July 2013.
  15. "Midrash Leqah Tov on Song of Songs: R. Tobia ben Eliezer between Peshat and Derash", Sixteen World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 28 July – 1 August 2013.
  16. "The Leqah Tov Commentary on Song of Songs and its Place in the History of Biblical Exegesis", 21th Congress of IOSOT, Munich Germany, 4–9 August 2013.
  17. "The Allegorical Exegesis on Song of Songs by R. Tubia ben Eliezer - Leqah Tov", SBL Annual, Baltimore, 23–26 November 2013.
  18. "אנאלוגיה בין דמויות משניות המלוות דמות ראשית", "תהילתי יספרו" - כנס בנושא חקר הסיפור המקראי, רמת גן, 12 ביולי 2014.
  19. "The 'Narrative Parable' in the School of Rashi and His Disciples (11th-12th centuries)",NAPH - International Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture, Beer sheva, 24-26 June 2014.
  20. "The 'Narrative Parable' in the School of Rashi and His Disciples (11th-12th centuries)", SBL International Meeting, Vienna, 6–10 July 2014.
  21. "The contribution of R. Tuvia ben Eliʽezer ('Lekaḥ Tov') to the Judeo-Christian polemic", Xth EAJS Congress, Paris, 20–24 July 2014
  22. "R. Tuvia ben Eliʽezer ('Lekaḥ Tov') and the Judeo-Christian polemic", SBL Annual Meeting, San Diego, 22–25 November 2014 
  23. "Inner-Biblical Exegesis in Rashbam's Commentary on Qoheleth", EABS, Cordoba, 12–15 July 2015
  24. "The 'Narative Parable' in Northern France in the 11th­–13th Centuries", Wisdom and Moralizing Literature in a Multicultural Journey in the Middle Ages, between Oral and Written Traditions, ISF-IAS Conference at IAS, Jerusalem, 16–19 November 2015.
  25. "The 'Anticipation Principle' in the Biblical Commentary of R. Joseph Bekhor Shor", SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 21–24 November 2015
  26. "Retrospection as an Exegetical Device in Rashbam's Torah Commentary", SBL International Meeting, Seoul, 3–7 July 2016   
  27. "Inner-Biblical Exegesis in Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah", EABS, Leuven, 17­–20 July 2016
  28. "ambiguity in R. Joseph Bekhor Shor Torah Commentary", NAPH - International Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture, New York, 27–29 June 2017

 

Invited:

1.        "Rashbam - Major Literal Commentator of the 12th Century: Background and Commentary", Jewish History Dept. seminar, Bar-Ilan University, 21 April 2010.

 

Publications

Thesis:

The Story of Jephthah, Literary Analysis, (supervised by Prof. Shmuel Vargon), Ramat-Gan 1997 (in Hebrew).

 

Ph. D. Dissertation:

Measure for Measure as Literary and Ideological Tool in the Biblical Storytelling, (supervised by Prof. Moshe Garsiel), Ramat-Gan 2002 (in Hebrew).

 

Books:

  1. Measure for Measure in the Biblical Storytelling, Alon-Shevut 2006 (in Hebrew).
  2. Nahmanides' Torah Commentary Addenda Written in the Land of Israel (with Prof. Yosef Ofer), Jerusalem 2013(in Hebrew).
  3. "Bekhor Shoro Hadar Lo" - R. Joseph Bekhor Shor between Continuity and Innovation, Accepted for publication in Magnes (350 pp.) (in Hebrew).

 

Articles:

  1. "The story of King Saul's Anointment (I Samuel 10-11), megadim 38 (2003), pp. 59-71 (in Hebrew).
  2. "The Character of Abraham in the Akeda Story", B'rosh Hashanah Yikkateivun, Studies on Rosh Hashanah, Alon-Shvut 2003, pp. 119-132 (in Hebrew).
  3. "Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul and Disquieted in Me? - An Analysis of Psalms 42-43", Megadim 40 (2004), pp. 63-74 (in Hebrew).
  4. "Word Pairs that Shape Measure for Measure in the Bible", Leshonenu 66 (2004), pp. 219-232 (in Hebrew).
  5. "From Fear to Love, an Analysis of Psalms 130-131", U-Ve-Yom Tzom Kippur Yehatemun, Studies on Yom Ha-Kippurim, Alon-Shvut 2005, pp. 317-326 (in Hebrew).
  6. "The Character of Ester, an Analysis of Ester 2", Ya-ale Hadas, Maale-Michmas 2005, pp. 63-72 (in Hebrew).
  7. "Later Addenda to Rashbam’s Commentary on the Torah", Tarbiz, 76, 3-4 (2007), pp. 445-469, (in Hebrew).
  8. " 'Extrapolating One Word from Another' - Rashbam as an Interpreter of the Bible on its Own Terms", Shnaton - an Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 17 (2007), pp. 215-231 (in Hebrew).
  9. "Inner-Biblical Interpretation in Rashbam's Qoheleth Commentary", Teshura Le-'Amos, Collected Studies in Biblical Exegesis Presented to 'Amos Hakham, Ed. M. Bar-Asher, N. Hacham, Y. Ofer, Alon-Shevut 2007, pp. 71-84 (in Hebrew).
  10. "The 'Principle of Anticipation' in Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah", Studies in Bible and Exegesis, Vol. 8, Presented to Elazar Touitou, Ed. S. Vargon, A. Frisch, M. Rachimi, Jerusalem 2008, pp. 451-479 (in Hebrew).
  11. "Retrospection as an Exegetical Device in Rashbam's Torah Commentary", Iggud - Selected Essays in Jewish Studies, vol. 1, Jerusalem 2008, pp. 125-142 (in Hebrew).
  12. "Characterizing Esther from the Outset: The Contribution of the story in Esther 2:1-20", JHS 8\16 (2008).
  13. "The Role of the Secondary Characters in the Story of the Anointing of Saul (I Sam. ix-x)", VT 58 (2008), pp. 495-509.
  14. "The Death of the Sun of David and Bat-Sheva (2Sam. 12, 13-25)", Megadim 50 (2009), pp. 135-142 (in Hebrew).
  15. "Shrugging Off an Kindness in Biblical Narrative: David Repays His Enemy's Evil with a Good", Studies in Bible and Exegesis, Vol. 9, Presented to Moshe Garsiel, Ramat-Gan 2009, pp. 129-142 (in Hebrew).
  16. "Was Ramban Familiar with Rashbam’s Commentary on the Torah?", Madaei-Hayahadut 46 (2009), pp. 85-108 (in Hebrew).
  17. "Inner-Biblical Exegesis in the Commentary of Rashbam on the Bible – Rashbam’s Terminology in Referring to a Cited Verse", REJ 168 (2009), pp. 463-480.
  18. " 'But It Seems to Me; … but I Say': Later Additions to Rashbam’s Torah Commentary", HUCA 80 (2009), pp. 143–172.
  19. "Does Rashbam’s Commentary on the Torah Acknowledge the Commentaries of Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra?" JJS 61, 2 (2010), pp. 291-304.
  20. "Was Radak Familiar with Rashbam’s Commentary on the Torah?", Shnaton - an Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 20 (2010), pp. 117-135 (Heb.).
  21. "Willing Obedience with Doubts: Abraham at the Binding of Isaac", VT 60 (2010), pp. 546-559.
  22. "The Downfall of Jephthah", Studies in Bible and Exegesis, Vol. 10, Presented to Shmuel Vargon, pp. 71-95 (in Hebrew).
  23. "To what Degree was Rashbam’s Familiar with Midrash Leqah Tov?", Avraham Reiner (ed.), Ta-Shma: Studies in Judaica in Memory of  Israel M. Ta-Shma, Allon Shevut 2011, pp. 475–499 (in Hebrew).
  24.   "Rashbam's Major Principles of Interpretation as deduced from a manuscript fragment discovered in 1984", REJ 170 (2011), pp. 443–463.   
  25. "Rabbi Joseph Kara as an Exegete of Biblical Narrative: Discovering the Phenomenon of Exposition", JSQ 19 (2012), pp. 73–89.
  26. "Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch as a Peshat Commentator: Literary Aspects of his Commentary on the Pentateuch", RRJ 15 (2012), pp. 190–200.
  27. "Books Encountered by Ramban after He Arrived in the Land of Israel", JSIJ 11 (2012), pp. 1–14.
  28. " 'The way of the world, the knowledge gained by humans, the meaning of the verse' - Rashbam's Major Principles of 'Peshat' Interpretation", Rashi and his Disciples, ed. Avinoam Cohen, Jerusalem 2013, pp. 65–82 (in Hebrew).
  29. "The Death of David's Son by Bathsheba (II Sam 12:13-25): A Narrative in Context", VT 63 (2013), pp. 566–576.
  30. "The Text of Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah according to Breslau MS and other Sources", Zer Rimonim: Studies in Biblical Literature and Jewish Exegesis Presented to Professor Rimon Kasher, ed. Michael Avioz, Elie Assis, Yael Shemesh, Atlanta 2013, pp. 468–488 (in Hebrew).
  31.  "The Leqah Tov Commentary on Song of Songs - its Place in the History of Biblical Exegesis and its Relationship with the Commentary of Rashi", Shnaton - an Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 23 (2014), pp. 225–241 (in Hebrew).
  32. "Nahmanide's Addenda to his Commentary on the Pentateuch in light of Ms Cambridge 525", JJS 65 (2014), pp. 113–128 (with Yosef Ofer)
  33. "The Allegorical Exegesis of Song of Songs by R. Tuviah ben Eliʽezer – 'Lekaḥ Tov', and its Relation to Rashi's Commentary", AJS Review 39 (2015), pp. 75–92.
  34. "Inner-Biblical Exegesis in Rashbam's Commentary on Qohelet", It’s Better to Hear the Rebuke of the Wise Than the Song of Fools (Qoh 7:5): Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Vol. 6, Edited by W. David Nelson and Rivka Ulmer, New Jersey 2015, pp. 167–188.
  35. "The 'Anticipation Principle' in the Biblical Commentary of R. Joseph Bekhor Shor", HUCA 87 (2016), pp. 251–277
  36. "The Influence of Land of Israel on Ramban's Torah Commentaries", 'Al-'Atar - Journal of Land of Israel Studies 19 (2017), pp. 37–55 (in Hebrew).
  37. "Use of the 'Narrative Parable' by Northern France Disciples (11th-12th centuries)", Shnaton 25 (2017), pp. 223–251.
  38. "The Four Senses of ‘ki’: The Teaching of Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish and the 'Tradition of the Verses' in Medieval Exegesis", accepted for publication in Leshonenu 79 (2017), pp. 96–111 (in Hebrew).

Book Reviews:

  1. "The Plain Meaning of the Text [On: To Settle the Plain Meaning of the Vers: Studies in Biblical Exegesis]", Shnaton - an Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 22 (2013), pp. 255–273.
  2. "Reuel and his Friends - Jewish Byzantine Exegetes from around the Tenth Century C.E.", Beit Mikra 58, 1 (2013), pp. 167–176. 
  3. On "The Challenge of Received Tradition: Dilemmas of Interpretation in Radak's Biblical Commentaries, by Naomi Grunhaus, New York 2012", Shofar 32, 4 (2014), pp. 167–169.

 

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR)

  1. Isaac ben Samuel 'Al-Kanzi'
  2. Rabbi Isaac Karo
  3. Rabbi Isaiah ben Rabi Mali Di-Trani (Ri"d)
  4. Rabbi Moshe ben Nahman (Nahmanides)
  5. Levi, Solomon ben Issac