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Simeon Chavel

Simeon Chavel

Simeon Chavel is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He studies the literature of the Hebrew Bible, the history of ancient Israel and Judea, and the relationships between them. His approach draws on ancient Near Eastern context, early Jewish interpretation, and modern theory.

He serves on the board of the University of Chicago’s CEDAR digital humanities project and the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies.

Jewish Studies
  • PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • MA, Indiana University Bloomington, IN
  • BA, Yeshiva University
  • God in the Eyes of Israel: A History of the Religious Imagination in Ancient Israel and Judea 
  • Oracular Law and Priestly Historiography in the Torah
Research interests

Bible and Historical Studies in Religion
Literary Criticism


Literary Theory and the Hebrew Bible