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Megillat Ta’anit: Versions, Interpretation, History. Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi Press, 2003. 451 pp.
(in Hebrew)

Reviews of Megilat Ta'anit


Stemberger DSD 13


Kister Tarbiz 74


Stern JJS 57


Rothschild REJ 164


Mack Haaretz


From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution: Conceptions of Impurity, Yad Ben Zvi Press, 2010. 408 pp. (in Hebrew)

Reviews From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution


Laor Haaretz

In Preparation



The Scroll of Fasting. Brill. A revised translation of Megillat Ta’anit: Versions, Interpretation, History, including a recently discovered manuscript


(In cooperation with Tal Ilan) A Literary-Historical Investigation of the Parallel Traditions in Josephus and in Rabbinic Literature

Edited Book



(With Arye Edrei and Suzanne Last Stone) Dinè Israel: Studies in Halakhah and Jewish Law, 26-27 (2009-2010)




"Halakhah", T & T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls (George J. Brooke and Charlotte
Hempel, eds.)


"Another Look at the Rabbinic Conception of Gentiles From the Perspective of Impurity Laws", (Benjamin Isaac and Yuval Shahar, eds.), Judaea, Babylon and Rome, Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, Mohr Siebeck


"The Emergence of Rabbinic Culture from the Perspective of Qumran", proceedings of the conference Religious movements and transformations in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (January 5-7, 2010)

Published Articles



"Embryonic Legal Midrash in the Qumran Scrolls", in The Hebrew Bible in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Nóra Dávid, Kristin De Troyer, Armin Lange, and Shani Tzoref, eds.; FRLANT 239; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 2011), 237-262


"Josephus and Early Halakhah: The Exclusion of Impure Persons from Holy Precincts", ‘Go Out and Study the Land’ (Judges 18:2): Archaeological, Historical and Textual Studies in Honor of Hanan Eshel, ( A.M. Maeir, J. Magness, and L.H. Schiffman, eds.), Supplements of the Journal for the Study of Judaism, Leiden: Brill, 2011, 133-146


"Creative Interpretation and Integrative Interpretation in Qumran", Adolfo D. Roitman, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and Shani Tzoref (eds.), The Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Culture. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (July 6-8, 2008), (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 363-376


"Qumran and the Rabbis on Corpse-Impurity: Common Exegesis—Tacit Polemic", C. Hempel (ed.), The Dead Sea Scrolls. Text and Context (STDJ), Leiden. Boston: Brill, 2010, 397-430


"'Choosing the Path of Lenience': Qumranic Stringency or Tannaitic Leniency?", Meghillot 8-9 (2010): 211-226 (in Hebrew)


"'The Gentileness of the Gentiles': Two Approaches to the Impurity of Non- Jews", Halakha in Light of Epigraphy, Albert I. Baumgarten, Hanan Eshel, Ranon Katzoff, and Shani Tzoref (eds.), JAJS; Göttingen/Oakville, CT, USA: V&R, 2010, 27-41


"Ritual Impurity in Tannaitic Literature: Two Opposing Perspectives", Journal of Ancient Judaism 1 (2010): 65-103


"Early signs of Halakhic Midrash at Qumran", Dinè Israel: Studies in Halakhah and Jewish Law 26-27 (2009-2010): 3-26 (in Hebrew)


"Is it true that 'A Corpse does not defile'? On Ritual Contamination in Tannaitic Literature", Tarbiz 78 (2009): 157-188 (in Hebrew)


"Corpse-Blood Impurity: A Lost Biblical Reading?" JBL (2009): 243-251


"Stringency in Qumran: A Reassessment", JSJ 40 (2009): 1-14


(With Elisha Qimron), "A Qumran Composition of Sabbath Laws and Its Contribution to the Study of Early Halakhah." DSD 16 (2009): 55-96


"Between Qumran and Rabbinic Midrash: Common Exegesis and Implied Polemics." Meghillot 7 (2009): 71-98 (in Hebrew)


"You Shall Pass Through Fire" (Numbers 31:23) – An Early Exegetic Tradition", Shenaton Le-Mikra U-Le-Heker HaMizrah HaKadum 19 (2009): 119-128 (in Hebrew)


"The Dual Strategy of Rabbinic Purity Legislation" JSJ 39 (2008): 471-512


"In the Wake of the New Leaf of Megillat Ta'anit and its Scholion", Tarbiz 77 (2008): 424-411
(in Hebrew)


"Tradition: Continuity or Change – Two Religious Options", in Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life, ed. M. Halbertal and D. Hartman, 32-48. London and New York: Continuum, 2007


"The Bounds of Non-Priestly Purity: a Reassessment." Zion 72 (2007): 127-60 (in Hebrew)


“Traces of Sectarian Halakha in the Rabbinic World”, in Rabbinic Perspectives: Rabbinic Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium of the Orion Center (S. D. Fraade et al., STDJ 62, Leiden: Brill, 2006) 67-85


“Megillat Taanit: The Scroll of Fasting”, Chapter eight of The Literature of the Sages, Second Part, ed. Shmuel Safrai et al., 339-62. CRINT, Section 2: The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud, 3a. Assen: Gorcum and Fortress Press, 2006


"The Origin of the List of David’s Songs in ‘David’s Compositions.’" DSD 13 (2006): 134-49


“Divorce in Qumran in Light of Early Halakha.” JJS 56 (2005): 206-23


"From Philology to History, The Sectarian Dispute, as Portrayed in the Scholium to Megillat Ta'anit", in Recent Developments in Midrash Research: Proceedings of the 2002 and 2003 SBL Consultation on Midrash, ed. L. M. Teugels and R. Ulmer, 53-95. Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2005


(with Elisha Qimron). "A Qumran Composition on the Laws of the Sabbath and Its Contribution to Early Halachic History", Tarbiz 74 (2005): 511-46 (in Hebrew)


“The Miracle of the Cruse of Oil”, HUCA 73 (2003): 191-226


“‘The Later Rabbis Add and Innovate’: On the Development of a Talmudic Sugya”, Tarbiz 72 (2002-3): 151-75 (in Hebrew)


“A Story That was Captivated: The Evolvement of a Tale between Eretz Yisrael and Babylon”, Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 19 (2002-3): 9-21 (in Hebrew)


“From Textual Criticism to Historical Reconstruction: On the History of Three Places in Eretz Yisrael”, Cathedra 104 (2002): 7-30 (in Hebrew)


“Early Version Traditions in Rashi’s Emendations of the Talmud”, Sidra 17 (2000-2): 109-50
(in Hebrew)


“Beit Shammai and Sectarian Halakha”, Jewish Studies 41 (2001-2): 45-67 (in Hebrew)


“The Miracle of the Cruse of Oil: A Source for Clarifying the Attitude of the Sages to the Hasmoneans?”, Zion 67 (2001-2): 381-400 (in Hebrew)


“Rediscovered Fragments of Variant Biblical and Midrashic Texts”, in Issues in Talmudic Research: Conference Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of the Passing of Ephraim E. Urbach, 66-79. Jerusalem: Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2001 (in Hebrew)


“Two Testimonies to the Route of Transmission of Megillat Ta‘anit and the Source of the Hybrid Version of the Scholion", Tarbiz 65 (1995-96): 389-416 (in Hebrew)


“The Seventeenth of Elul in Megillat Ta’anit”, Zion 59 (1993-94): 433-44 (in Hebrew)


“The Scholion to the Megilat Ta‘anit: Towards an Understanding of Its Stemma”, Tarbiz 62
(1992-93): 55-99 (in Hebrew)

Encyclopedia Entries


"Megillat Ta'anit" – in The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture (Judith R. Baskin, ed., New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 417-418


"Megillat Ta’anit (The Scroll of Fasting)" – in Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Roger Bagnall et al., eds.), Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming)


"Corpse/ Corpse Impurity" – in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), Walter de Gruyter • Berlin • New York (forthcoming)

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