Jordan Rosenblum, Professor

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Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism

230 Bradley Memorial Building, 1225 Linden Drive, Madison, WI


2008 Ph.D., Brown University, Religious Studies
2005 M.A., Brown University, Religious Studies
2003 M.A., Emory University, Jewish Studies
2001 B.A., Columbia University, Religion
2001 B.A., Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Ancient Judaism

Areas of Research

Rabbinic Judaism, Biblical Interpretation, Food and Religion

Courses Taught

Introduction to Judaism
Food in Rabbinic Judaism
Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics
Classical Rabbinic Literature in Translation (texts in English)
Classical Rabbinic Texts (texts in Hebrew)
Gender in Rabbinic Judaism
Talmud in Aramaic
Religion and Sexuality
Religion in Critical Perspective
Religious Studies Research Colloquium for Majors

Early Biblical Interpretation
The Dead Sea Scrolls

Selected Publications

Book: Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism (Cambridge, 2010)
Articles: “From Their Bread to Their Bed: Commensality, Intermarriage, and Idolatry in Tannaitic Literature”, Journal of Jewish Studies, 2010; “‘Why Do You Refuse to Eat Pork?’: Jews, Food, and Identity in Roman Palestine”, Jewish Quarterly Review, 2010; “Kosher Olive Oil in Antiquity Reconsidered” Journal for the Study of Judaism, 2009.

Honors and Awards

Starr Fellowship, Harvard University, 2009
University Housing Honored Instructor, UW-Madison, 2008, 2009, 2011

Research Statement / Bio

Jordan D. Rosenblum is the Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where is also the Director of Religious Studies. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Brown University and has been a Starr Fellow at Harvard University. His research focuses on the literature, law, and social history of the rabbinic movement in general and, in particular, on rabbinic food regulations. He is the author of The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2016; paperback edition, 2019) and Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism (Cambridge University Press, 2010; paperback edition, 2014), as well as the co-editor of Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman World (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2014). Currently, he is completing a book tentatively entitled Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach About Rabbinic Literature (under contract with the University of California Press) and co-editing a volume on Jewish food traditions (under contract with New York University Press).


Religious Studies; Center for Law, Society, and Justice; Center for Middle East Studies; Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies