Dr. Jason Gaines teaches Hebrew Bible, Jewish studies, and religious studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and Fairfield University in Connecticut. He has also taught Judaism at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and biblical studies at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Fortress Press recently published his first book, The Poetic Priestly Source.
In May 2013, he received a PhD from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, specializing in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. His dissertation, Poetic Features in Priestly Narrative Texts, was awarded the Nahum and Anne Glatzer Endowed Prize in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; he also received an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. In addition, he holds a Master’s in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2003-04, Jason studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
At Brandeis, Jason served as a Lecturer in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, teaching Biblical Hebrew, and as a Lecturer in Education, conducting graduate seminars on biblical literature. He has also taught Bible and mythology at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and at Prozdor Hebrew High School in Newton, Mass.
Jason is committed to fostering lifelong learning in his communities, and he served as coordinator of adult learning events and director of the Genesis Forum at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston for two years. He has presented lecture series at many synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, and senior centers throughout New England. He recently served for as Youth Advisor at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, Conn., where he also teaches in the Hebrew School. He regularly delivers lectures at conferences, such as the New England regional and National Annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, and at universities.
Jason is a native of New Mexico, and he currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his husband, Cantor Kevin Margolius.