Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
New York University, PhD, 2006
Office: 53 Washington Square South, Room 107
Research InterestsDead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic Judaism, Early Christianity, Biblical Interpretation, History of Law, Religion and Violence
BioAlex P. Jassen is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, where he was the recipient of the university’s prestigious McKnight Land-Grant Fellowship. Dr. Jassen holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Washington (2001) and completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University in 2006. He has published widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Judaism and is a member of the international editorial team responsible for publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is the author of Mediating the Divine: Prophecy and Revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2007), winner of the 2009 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise; Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls(forthcoming with Cambridge University Press); as well as many articles and reviews; and co-editor of Scripture, Violence, and Textual Practice in Early Judaism and Christianity (Brill, 2010). Dr. Jassen is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ancient Judaism (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). He served as academic advisor for The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Dr. Jassen is currently working on a book on religious violence in the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Judaism. His work on religious violence has been recognized with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
External AffiliationsCo-Editor, Journal of Ancient Judaism; Member, Society of Biblical Literature; Member, Association for Jewish Studies; Member, Catholic Biblical Association
Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Judaism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (in press).
Journal of Ancient Judaism. Co-editor with Maxine L. Grossman and Armin Lange. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011–.
Violence, Scripture, and Textual Practice in Early Judaism and Christianity. Co-edited with Ra'anan Boustan and Calvin J. Roetzel. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
Mediating the Divine: Prophecy and Revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 68; Leiden: Brill, 2007.
“The Pesharim and the Rise of Commentary in Early Jewish Scriptural Interpretation.” Dead Sea Discoveries (theme issue on The Rise of Commentary: Commentary Texts in Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, and Jewish Cultures; ed. Mladen Popovic) 19:3 (2012): 363-98.
“American Scholarship on Jewish Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Pages 101–54 in The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective: A History of Research. Edited by Devorah Dimant. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 99. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012.
“Tracing the Threads of Jewish Law: The Sabbath Carrying Prohibition from Jeremiah to the Rabbis.” (part of special section: “Second Temple Halakhot and the Historical Jesus: Three Contributions toward a Discussion”). Annali di storia dell'esegesi 28:1 (2011): 253-78.
“Survival at the End of Days: Aspects of Soteriology in the Dead Sea Scrolls Pesharim.” Pages 193–210 in This World and the World to Come: Soteriology in Early Judaism. Edited by Daniel M. Gurtner. Library of Second Temple Studies. London: T. & T. Clark, 2011.
“Prophecy after ‘The Prophets’: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Prophecy in Judaism.” Pages 577–93 in volume 2 of The Dead Sea Scrolls in Context:Integrating the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Study of Ancient Texts, Languages, and Cultures. Edited by Armin Lange, Emanuel Tov, Matthias Weigold, and Bennie H. Reynolds III. Vetus Testamentum Supplements 140. 2 vols.; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011.
“Rereading 4QPesher Isaiah A (4Q161) Forty Years after DJD 5.” Pages 57-90 in The Mermaid and the Partridge: Essays from the Copenhagen Conference on Revising Texts from Cave Four. Edited by George J. Brooke and Jesper Høgenhaven. STDJ 96. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011.
“What Exactly Is Prohibited in the Field? A New Suggestion for Understanding the Text and Context of CD 10:20-21.” Revue de Qumran 25/no.97 (2011): 41-62.
“Law and Exegesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Sabbath Carrying Prohibition in Comparative Perspective.” Pages 115-56 in The Dead Sea Scrolls at Sixty: Scholarly Contributions of New York University Faculty and Alumni. Edited by Lawrence H. Schiffman and Shani L. Tsoref. STDJ 89. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010.
“A New Suggestion for the Reconstruction of 4Q370 1 i 2 and the Blessing of the Most High (Elyon) in Second Temple Judaism.” Dead Sea Discoveries: A Journal of Current Research on the Scrolls and Related Literature 17:1 (2010): 88–113.
“Violence and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Sectarian Formation and Eschatological Imagination.” Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches 17:1–2 (2009): 12–44; Reprint pages 13–45 in Violence, Scripture, and Textual Practice in Early Judaism and Christianity. Edited by Ra‘anan S. Boustan, Alex P. Jassen and Calvin J. Roetzel. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009.
With Ra‘anan S. Boustan and Calvin J. Roetzel, “Introduction: Violence, Scripture, and Textual Practices in Early Judaism and Christianity.” Pages 1–11 in Violence, Scripture, and Textual Practice in Early Judaism and Christianity. Edited by Ra‘anan S. Boustan, Alex P. Jassen, and Calvin J. Roetzel. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009.
“Prophets and Prophecy in the Qumran Community.” Association for Jewish Studies Review 32:2 (2008): 299–334.
“The Presentation of the Ancient Prophets as Lawgivers at Qumran.” Journal of Biblical Literature 127:2 (2008): 307–37.
“Literary and Historical Studies in the Samuel Apocryphon (4Q160).” Journal of Jewish Studies 59:1 (2008): 21–38.
“Teaching and Learning Guide for Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Religion Compass 2:5 (2008): 882–88.
“Reading Midrash with Maimonides: An Inquiry into the Sources of Maimonides’ Account of the Origins of Idolatry.” Australian Journal of Jewish Studies 21 (2007): 170–200.
“Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Religion Compass 1:1 (2007): 1–25.
“Intertextual Readings of the Psalms in the Dead Sea Scrolls: 4Q160 (Samuel Apocryphon) and Psalm 40.” Revue de Qumran 22:3 (2006): 403–30.
Fellowships/HonorsNational Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend (2010); McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota (2010–12); John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, Templeton Foundation and University of Heidelberg (2009)