Prof. Jonathan Grossman

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B.Ed., education, Herzog Teachers College, 1995

M.A., Jewish philosophy, The Hebrew University, 1997

PhD, Bible, Bar-Ilan University, 2006



"Ambiguity in the Biblical Narrative and its Contribution to the Literary Formation."

Supervisor: Professor Moshe Garsiel



1. Esther: The Outer Narrative and the Hidden Reading (Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scripture, 6), Winona Lake, IN.: Eisenbrauns, 2011.

2. Ruth: Bridges and Boundaries (Das Alte Testament im Dialog, 9), Bern: Peter Lang, 2015.

3. Text and Subtext: On Exploring Biblical Narrative Design, Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad (Hebrew), 2015.

4. Abram to Abraham: A Literary Analysis of the Abraham Narrative (Das Alte Testament im Dialog, 11), Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.



  1. “Does the Book of Amos Have a Literary Structure?” in: M. Bar-Asher, N. Hacham and Y. Ofer (eds.), Teshurah Le-’Amos, Alon Shevut, 2007, pp. 341-364 (Heb.).
  1. “’Structural Ambiguity’ in Ezekiel 33-38,” Beit Mikra 49 (2004), pp. 194-224 (Heb.).
  1. “The Use of Ambiguity in Biblical Narratives of Deception and Deceit,” Tarbiz 74 (2004), pp. 483-515 (Heb.).
  1. “Divine Command and Human Initiative: A Literary View on Numbers 25-31,” Biblical Interpretation 15,1 (2007), pp. 54-79.
  1. “Abarbanel’s Stance Towards the Existence of Ambiguous Expressions in the Bible,” Beit Mikra 52 (2007), pp. 126-138 (Heb.).
  2. “‘Gleaning Among the Ears’ – ‘Gathering Among the Sheaves’: Characterizing the Image of the Supervising Boy (Ruth 2),” JBL 126 (2007), pp. 703-716.
  1. “The Design of the ‘Dual Causality’ Principle in the Narrative of Absalom’s Rebellion,” Biblica 88 (2007), pp. 558-566.
  1. “Deliberate Misuse of Idioms in the Biblical Narrative,” Tarbiz 77 (2007), pp. 23-44 (Heb.).
  1. “‘Eat, Friends; Drink Deep, O Lovers!’: The Narrator’s Interjection in Song of Songs (5:1),” Beit Mikra 53 (2008), pp. 79-88 (Heb.).
  1. "‘Dynamic Analogies’ in the Book of Esther," VT 59 (2009), pp. 394-414.
  1. "More on the Literary Structure of The Paradise Narrative (Gen 2:4-3:24", Beit-Mikra 56 (2011), pp. 5-39.
  2. "Micaiah’s Narrative and the Death of Ahab (1 Kings 22)—Proactive Editing," Studies in Bible and Exegesis 10 (2011), pp. 157-178.
  3. "The Vanishing Character in Biblical Narrative: The Role of Hathach in Esther 4", VT 62 (2012), pp. 561-571.
  4. "The Officers of the Israelites: From Beaters To Beaten (Exodus 5)", in: M. Avioz, Etc. (eds.), Zer Rimonim (IVBS 5), Atlanta 2013, pp. 1-19
  5. "The Story of Joseph's Brothers in Light of the "Therapeutic Narrative" Theory", Biblical Interpretation 21 (2013), pp. 171-195.
  6. "Associative Meanings in the Character Evaluation of Lot’s Daughters", CBQ 76 (2014), pp. 40-57.
  7. "The Structural Paradigm of the Ten Plagues Narrative and the Hardening of Pharaoh's Heart", VT 64 (2014), pp. 588-610.
  8. "Radak's Approach to Ambiguity in the Bible", in: Ed. Robberechts (ed.), Jews in Marseilles, Aix-Marseille Université (forthcoming).
  9. "Stability and Surprise in the Book of Ruth’s Exposition", Beit Mikra 60 (2015), pp. 202-237.
  10. "'Like Arrows in the Hand of the Warrior, So Are Youths': Reading Ishmael’s Expulsion in Genesis 21 in light of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha", Hebrew Studies 57 (2016), pp. 73-91.
  11. "The Expulsion of Ishmael Narrative – Boundaries, Structure and Meaning", in: Elizabeth R. Hayes and Karolien Vermeulen (eds.), Doubling and Duplicating in the Book of Genesis: Literary and Stylistic Approaches to the Text, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2016, pp. 27-37.
  12. "Different Dreams: Two Models of Interpretation for Three Pairs of Dreams (Genesis 37-50)", JBL 135 (2016), pp. 717–732.
  13. Book Review On: "Yael Shemesh, Mourning in the Bible: Coping with Loss in Biblical Literature", AJS Review 40 (2016), pp. 397-399.
  14. "The Double Etymology of Babel in Genesis 11", ZAW 129 (2017), pp. 1-13.