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Departments
Education
  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Brandeis University
Courses Taught
  • Foundations of Reflection: God
  • Images of Women in the Hebrew Bible
Biography

Sara Ronis, Ph.D., studies rabbinic literature in the broader cultural context of Late Antiquity, including ancient Judaism, early Christianity, and the religions of Late Antique Iran.
Her research focuses on demons and magic, gender and sexuality, and the construction of identity in ancient Judaism. She is currently working on a book about the ways that Late Antique Jews imagined demons.

Publications

“A Demonic Servant in Rav Papa’s Household: Demons as Subjects in the Mesopotamian Talmud,” in the Aggada of the Babylonian Talmud and its Cultural World, edited by Geoffrey Herman and Jeffrey Rubenstein (RI: Brown Judaic Studies) (forthcoming).
“Gender, Sex, and Witchcraft in Late Antique Judaism,” for A Companion to Jews and Judaism in the Late Antique World, 3rd Century BCE – 7th Century CE, edited by Naomi Koltun-Fromm and Gwynn Kessler (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell) (forthcoming).
“Jacob, III. Judaism” (750 words), “Jacob and Esau, III. Rabbinic Judaism” (470 words), “Jacob’s Ladder, III. Rabbinic Judaism,” in Encyclopedia of Biblical Reception, eds. Dale C. Allison, Jr. et al (De Gruyter Press) (2016)
“Do Not Go Out Alone At Night: Law and Demonic Discourse in the Babylonian Talmud.” PhD Dissertation, Yale University (2015).

Presentations

“Walking Through the Bible: Four Moments of Mythmaking in the Desert.” Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, San Diego, CA, December 2016.
“On Not Assigning Papers: Between Real and Imagined Communities in the Jewish Studies Classroom”; “On Creative Assignments: Building Skills between Text and Context in the Jewish Studies Classroom.”
Association for Jewish Studies. December 2016. Panels co-organized with Sasha Senderovich (University of Colorado).
“‘Place it Under the Stars Overnight’: Exposing Rabbinic Attitudes toward Exposed Water.” European Association of Biblical Studies, Leuven, BE, July 2016.
“Cross-Cultural Conceptions of the Fetus in Sasanian Babylonia.” Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA, December 2015.
“Seeing the Other in Sasanian Babylonia.” American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, November 2015.
“Otherworldly Beings in Late Antique Judaism.” “Otherworldly Beings in the Ancient World” Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, May 2015.