Curriculum Vitae

Jason M. H. Gaines


Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
•  PhD, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, 2013
.     Hebrew Bible (primary field)
.     Northwest Semitics; Akkadian (secondary fields)
.     Dissertation: Poetic Features in Priestly Narrative Texts
•  MA, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, 2007

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
•  BA, Liberal Arts, 2005

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
•  Rothberg International School, 2003–2004




  • Jason M. H. Gaines, The Poetic Priestly Source (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), xix + 530.
    • Reviews: Review of Biblical Literature (2017); Catholic Biblical Quarterly 78 (2016): 378–41; Biblical Interpretation 26 (2018): 413–15; AJS Review 41 (2017): 459–60; and Bible Today 54 (2016): 286–87.
    • Citations: Bernard M. Levinson, “A Post-Priestly Harmonization in the Flood Narrative,” The Post-Priestly Pentateuch: New Perspectives on its Redactional Development and Theological Profiles, ed. Federico Giuntoli and Konrad Schmid (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015), 121 n.15; Paavo N. Tucker, The Holiness Composition in the Book of Exodus, FAT II 98 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017), 16–17, 73; Jeff Lindsay, “Janus Parallelism in the Book of Job: A Review of Scott B. Noegel’s Work,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 27 (2017): 214 n.5; Edward L. Greenstein, “Signs of Poetry Past: Literariness in Pre-Biblical Hebrew Literature,” Strength to Strength: Essays in Honor of Shaye J. D. Cohen, ed. Michael L. Satlow, Brown Judaic Studies (Providence: Brown University Press, 2018), 20 n.73, 21 n.76; Michael Emmendörffer, Gottesnähe: Zur Rede von der Präsenz JHWHs in der Priesterschrift und verwandten Texten, WMANT 155 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018), 35 n.2, 42 n.22, 77 n.10, 103 n.3, 128 n.2, 130 n.9; Joshua Joel Spoelstra, “Apotropaic Accessories: The People’s Tassels and the High Priest’s Rosette,” Dress and Clothing in the Hebrew Bible: “For All Her Household Are Clothed in Crimson, ed. Antonios Finitsis (London: T&T Clark, 2019), 66 n.16.

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Short Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Book Reviews

Articles in Preparation

  • “Circumcising a Second Time: The Composition of Joshua 5:2-9 Reconsidered”
  • “The Origin of Moses’s Stutter in Priestly Literature”

INVITED TALKS (selected)

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

  • “Who Were the Priests of Ancient Israel, and Why Do They Matter?” 2013

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

  • “Witchcraft: From the Ancient World to Early Modern Europe,” 2013

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

  • “Are Psalms 6 and 117 Poetry?,” 2012

The Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, Newton, MA

  • “The Covenant Code, Exodus 20–23,” 2012
  • “Festival of Matzah or Feast of Passover?,” 2012
  • “The Exodus Plagues,” 2011


Papers Presented

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

New England Regional Society of Biblical Literature, Newton, MA


New England Regional Society of Biblical Literature, Newton, MA



(NOTE: Syllabi are from past semesters and are not for current students.)


Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

  • Nahum and Anne Glatzer Endowed Prize in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (for outstanding dissertation), 2013
  • Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2012–2013
  • Anna R. Lown Memorial Endowed Fellowship, 2010–2012
  • Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Endowed Fellowship, 2007–2012
  • Research Fellow to Prof. David P. Wright in Biblical and Mesopotamian Law, 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, 2007
  • Research Assistant to Prof. Marc Zvi Brettler in the Book of Psalms, 2007

Prozdor at Hebrew College, Newton, MA

  • Honorary Diploma, recognizing “outstanding leadership in the creation and implementation of new and innovative Bible curricula,” 2013

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston, MA

  • Scholar Teaching Award, 2010

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

  • Senior Achievement Award; Leadership Award, 2005
  • Elizabeth Welt Trahan Scholar of the Year, 2003–2004

Hillels of Westchester, White Plains, NY

  • Service Award, 2005


Akkadian *   |   Aramaic *   |   French +   |   German +   |   Biblical Hebrew *   |   Modern Hebrew *   |   Hittite °   |   Moabite *   |   Phoenician *   |   Syriac *   |   Ugaritic *

(* indicates proficiency; + indicates research ability; ° indicates introductory experience)


Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, New Haven, CT

  • “The Evolution of Social Justice in the Torah,” 2017

Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Bridgeport, CT

Temple Beth Tikvah, Madison, CT

Temple Beth Shalom, Peabody, MA

  • “Sacred Trees in the Hebrew Bible,” 2013

Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston, Newton, MA

  • “Blood on the Lintels, Leavening on the Table: Biblical Festival Traditions,” 2013
  • “Biblical Adultery: The Ritual of the ‘Wayward Woman’ (Numbers 5),” 2012
  • “Ancient Israelite Blood Rituals: The Purgation Sacrifice (Leviticus 4),” 2012
  • “The Origins of Witchcraft: Female Demons in Ancient Judaism,” 2012
  • “Did Isaac Survive?  Historical Readings of the Binding of Isaac,” 2012
  • “Moses the Egyptian,” 2011
  • “The Book of Samuel” (3 lectures), 2010
  • “The Book of Judges” (5 lectures), 2010

Genesis Forum at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston, MA

NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham, MA


  • Manuscript Reviewer, The Brill Reference Library of Judaism, 2016
  • Article Reviewer, Biblical Interpretation2016
  • Biblical Studies Curriculum Author, Prozdor: The High School of Hebrew College, 2011–2013
  • Adult Learning Events Coordinator, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston, MA, 2010–2012
  • Executive Council, Prism at the New Center for Arts and Culture, Boston, MA, 2010–2011
  • Graduate Student Representative for PhD Students, Brandeis University, 2008–2009
  • Board of Directors, Hillels of Westchester, NY, 2004–2005


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