Selected Faculty Publications

Balberg | Bond |Helmer | Ingram | Johnson
Kieckhefer | Molina | Newman | Orsi | Seeskin
 | Traina | Wimpfheimer | Zoloth

Mira Balberg top

“The Emperor’s Daughter’s New Skin: Bodily Otherness and self-Identity in the Dialogues of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Hanania and the Emperor’s Daughter.” Jewish Studies Quarterly 19.3 (2012)

“Rabbinic Authority, Medical Rhetoric, and Body Hermeneutics in Mishnah Nega‘im” AJS Review 35.2 (2011): 323-346.

Introduction to Rabbinic literature (in Hebrew). Introductory unit to the textbook series Time, Society, and Family in the Talmud. Ra’anana: The Open University Press, 2011

“Between Heterotopia and Utopia: Two Rabbinic Narratives of Journeys to Prostitutes” (in Hebrew). Mekhkare Yerushalyim be-sifrut ivrit 22 (2008):191-214.

“Hilkhot Nedarim and Nazir in the book of Halakhot Gedolot” (in Hebrew).Tarbitz 72:4 (2005): 523-566.

George D. Bond top

"The Word of the Buddha": The Tipitaka and Its Interpretation in Theravada Buddhism. (1982, revised version forthcoming 2010).

The Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka: Religious Tradition, Reinterpretation, and Response. Comparation Studies in Religion Series,. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988.)

Sainthood: Its Manifestations in World Religions. Co-edited and authored with Richard Kieckhefer, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988).

Buddhism at Work: Community Development, Social Empowerment and the Sarvodaya Movement. (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2005).
"The Contemporary Lay Meditation Movement and Lay Gurus in Sri Lanka." Religion, Vol. 33 (2003), pp.23-55.

"Reinterpreting the Path: Two Case Studies of Lay Meditation Movements in Sri Lanka." in Approaching the Dhamma: Buddhist Texts and Practices in South and Southeast Asia, edited by Anne Blackburn and Jeffrey Samuels (Seattle: Buddhist Pariyatti Books, 2003. pp. 167-189.

Christine Helmer top

The Trinity and Martin Luther: A Study on the Relationship Between Genre, Language and the Trinity in Luther's Works (1523-1546). Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte/Abteilung Abendländische Religionsgeschichte 174. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1999.

The Global Luther: A Theologian for Modern Times. (Ed.) Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009.

Schleiermacher and Whitehead: Open Systems in Dialogue. (in Cooperation with Marjorie Suchocki, John Quiring, and Katie Goetz, eds.) Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann 125. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2004.

One Scripture or Many? Canon from Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives. (with Christof Landmesser, eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Schleiermachers Dialektik: Die Liebe zum Wissen in Philosophie und Theologie. (with Christiane Kranich, and Birgit Rehme-Iffert, eds.) Religion in Philosophy and Theology 6. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003.

"Schleiermacher," 31-57. In The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Theology. Ed. David Fergusson. Edinburgh: Blackwell, 2010.

"Introduction to Luther's Theology in Global Context." In Religion Compass [on-line journal; Blackwell] 3, 3 (2009): 1-13.

Sarah Jacoby top

Co-edited with Antonio Terrone. Buddhism beyond the Monastery: Tantric Practices and their Performers in Tibet and the Himalayas. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

"To be or not to be Celibate: Morality and Consort Practices According to the Treasure Revealer Sera Khandro's (1892-1940) Auto/biographical Writings." In Sarah Jacoby and Antonio Terrone (eds), Buddhism beyond the Monastery: Tantric Practices and their Performers in Modern Tibet. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

"'This Inferior Female Body:' Reflections on Life as a Treasure Revealer Through the Autobiographical Eyes of Se ra mkha' 'gro (Bde ba'i rdo rje, 1892-1940)." Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies32/1-2 (2009/2010): pp. 115-150.

Richard Kieckhefer top

European Witch Trials: Their Foundations in Popular and Learned Culture, 1300-1500 (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul; Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976).

Unquiet Souls: Fourteenth-Century Saints and Their Religious Milieu (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984; paperback, 1987).

Magic in the Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990; reissued 2000 as a Canto book; translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, and Turkish).

Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century (Stroud: Sutton, 1997; University Park: Penn State University Press, 1998).
Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Michelle Molina top

Co-edited with Donald Swearer, Rethinking the Human (Harvard University Press, 2010).

"An Ambivalent Philosophy of the Concrete," in Rethinking the Human (HUP, 2010).

Co-authored with Ulrike Strasser, "The Global Currency of Female Sanctity: A Seventeenth-Century Mexican Mystic and her Jesuit Biographers from the Spanish and German Empires," Women, Religion and the Atlantic World, 1600-1800, eds. Danna Kostroum and Lisa Vollendorf (University of Toronto Press, 2009).

"Technologies of the Self: The Letters of Eighteenth-Century Mexican Jesuit Spiritual Daughters," History of Religions (May 2008).

"True Lies: Athanasius Kircher's China Illustrata and the Life Story of a Mexican Mystic," Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything, ed. Paula Findlen, (New York: Routledge, 2004).

"Spirituality and Colonial Governmentality: The Jesuit Spiritual Exercises in Europe and Abroad," Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern, eds. Patricia Ingham and Michelle Warren (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

Barbara Newman top

Thomas of Cantimpré: The Collected Saints' Lives. Brepols Publishers, 2008.

Frauenlob's Song of Songs: A Medieval German Poet and His Masterpiece. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007.

God and the Goddesses: Vision Poetry and Belief in the Middle Ages. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Voice of the Living Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Her World. University of California Press, 1998.

From Virile Woman to WomanChrist: Studies in Medieval Religion and Literature. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.

Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine. University of California Press, 1987.

Symphonia: A Critical Edition of the Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum. Cornell University Press, 1998.

The Life of Juliana of Mont-Cornillon. Peregrina Publishing Company, 1992.

Robert Orsi top

The Madonna of 115 Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950, Third Edition. Robert A. Orsi. Yale University Press, 2011.

Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them. Robert A. Orsi. Princeton, 2004.

Divine Mirrors: The Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts. Melissa R. Katz and Robert A. Orsi. Oxford, 2001.

Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape Robert A. Orsi, ed. Indiana, 1999.

The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem. Robert A. Orsi. Yale, 1985.

Thank You, St. Jude: Women`s Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes. Robert A. Orsi. Yale, 1998.

Kenneth Seeskin top

Co-Editor, Cambridge Comprehensive Guide to Jewish History, Culture, and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Editor, Cambridge Companion to Maimonides (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Maimonides on the Origin of the World (Cambridge University Press, 2005) Choice Award for Outstanding Book in the Humanities, 2006.

Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age (Albany: SUNY Press, 1990).

"Job and the Problem of Evil," Philosophy and Literature 11 (1987): 226-41. Reprinted in The Jewish Philosophy Reader, edited by Frank, Leaman, and Manekin (London and New York: Routledge, 2000), pp. 66-73.

"What Philosophy Can and Cannot Say about Evil," in Echoes from the Holocaust, edited by Rosenberg and Myers (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988), pp. 91-104. Reprinted in A Holocaust Reader, edited by Michael Morgan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

"Coming to Terms with Failure: A Philosophical Dilemma," in Writing and the Holocaust, edited by Berel Lang (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1988), pp. 110-21. Reprinted in A Holocaust Reader , edited by Michael Morgan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

"Jewish Philosophy in the 1980's," Modern Judaism 11 (1991), pp. 157-72.

"How to Read Religion of Reason," Introduction to the Second English edition of Hermann Cohen's Religion of Reason out of the Sources of Judaism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), pp. 21-42.

"Holiness as a Moral Ideal," Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 5 (1996): 191-203.

"Sanctity and Silence: The Religious Significance of Maimonides' Negative Theology," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (2002): 7-24.

"The God of the Philosophers," Jewish Studies Quarterly 13 (2006) No. 3: 205-214.

"Ethics, Authority, and Autonomy," The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 192-208.

"The Greek Background to Jewish Philosophy," forthcoming in Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy.

"Reason as a Paradigm in Jewish in Thought," forthcoming in Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era.

Sarah Taylor top

Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology. Harvard University Press, 2007.

"What if Religions had Ecologies?" Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, JSRNC Volume 1.1 2007.

"Land as Lover" in Nova Religio, July 2004, Vol. 8, No. 1, Pages 39-56.

Cristina Traina top


Feminist Ethics and Natural Law: The End of the Anathemas (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1999).

The Sensual Mother: Maternal Experience and the Boundaries of Sexual Ethics (working title; University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2010).

Recent articles:

"What Has Paris to Do with Augsburg? Natural Law and Lutheran Ethics." The Journal of Lutheran Ethics. Forthcoming 2010.

"Old Wine, Old Wineskins: Nanotechnology and Justice." Forthcoming 2010.

"Ovarian Tissue Preservation and Bioethical Discourse." In Oncofertility: Reflections
from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Edited by Teresa K Woodruff, Laurie Zoloth, Lisa Campo-Engelstein, and Sarah Rodriguez. Springer: forthcoming 2010.

"Feminist Natural Law." Accepted by Concilium. Forthcoming 2010.

"For the Sins of the Parents: Roman Catholic Ethics and the Politics of Family." In Prophetic Witness -- Catholic Women's Strategies for Reform, ed. Colleen Griffith, The Church in the 21st Century Center (New York: Crossroad, 2009), 114-122.

"Children and Moral Agency." Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 29 no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2009): 19-37.

Compatible Contradictions: Religion and the Naturalization of Assisted Reproduction,@ chair, with Eugenia Georges, Marcia Inhorn, Susan Kahn, and Maura Ryan. In Altering Nature, Volume II: Religion, Biotechnology, and Public Policy, ed. B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody, and Gerald P. McKenny. Philosophy and Medicine 98. [n.p.]: Springer, 2008, 15-85.

"Popular Catholic Sexual Ethics." In Twentieth-Century Global Christianity, ed. Mary Farrell Bednarowski. A People's History of Christianity, vol. 7, ed. Dennis R. Janz. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008.

"Captivating Illusions: Sexual Abuse and the Ordering of Love," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 28 no. 1 (Summer 2008): 183-208.

Barry Wimpfheimer top


Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories, Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).

ed., Wisdom of Bat Sheva: The Dr. Beth Samuels Memorial Volume, (Jersey City, New Jersey: Ktav, 2009).


"Interrupting Birth Control: Re-reading a Famous Beraita." in Barry Wimpfheimer, ed., Wisdom of Bat Sheva: The Dr. Beth Samuels Memorial Volume (2009).

"The Shiva." in Paul Socken, ed., Why Study Talmud in the Twenty-First Century? (Lanham, Md: Lexington Books, 2010), 195-205.

Review of Richard Kalmin, Between Persia and Roman Palestine in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, March 2010 (78:1, 312-315).

"Talmudic Legal Narrative: Broadening the Discourse of Jewish Law." Dine Israel 24 (2007): 157-196.

" 'But It Is Not So': Toward a Poetics of Legal Narrative in the Babylonian Talmud." Prooftexts 24 (Winter 2004): 51-86.

Laurie Zoloth top

Health Care and The Ethics of Encounter. University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Notes From a Narrow Ridge: Religion and Bioethics. University Publishing Group, 1999.

Margin of Error: The Ethics of Mistakes in Medicine. University Publishing Group, 2000.

The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Ethics, Religion, and Policy. MIT Press, 2001.

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