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James Adam Redfield, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Talmudic Literatures

Office Hours

By appointment only.

Courses Taught

Hebrew Bible, Late Antique Judaism


Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Judaism), Stanford University, 2017
M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 2010

Research Interests

James Redfield's primary research area is late ancient Judaism. He also teaches the Hebrew Bible, with a special interest in this canon's afterlives in literature, criticism, and theory. Redfield approaches these sources primarily through cultural anthropology–the field where he began graduate work–and his book project (on Curiosity and Culture in Early Rabbinic Law), writes Talmudic law into the history of ethnography and cultural theory, both late-ancient and modern. He has published in the above areas of the humanities, and others; he is also an experienced translator of scholarship and literature (French, German, Yiddish).

  • Talmudic law and culture
  • Hebrew Bible
  • History of anthropology