Other Publications


1. Метаморфозы любови и смерти в талмудических текстах, Москва-Иерусалим 2012. (Metamorphoses of Love and Death in Rabbinic Texts, Moscow-Jerusalem: Gishrey Tarbut 2012, in Russian)
2. Kohelet Rabbah: Critical Edition and Commentary, Schechter Publishing House, 2019 (Hebrew, Forthcoming)
3. Going West: The Migrating Persona in Rabbinic Narratives. (English, Submitted)

Books, edited
1. Reshaping Identities in Late Antique Syria-Mesopotamia, By Aryeh Kofsky, Serge Ruzer; Reuven Kiperwasser. Gorgias Press, 2016. (https://www.gorgiaspress.com/reshaping-identities-in-late-antique-syria-mesopotamia)
2. Expressions of Skeptical Topoi in (Late) Ancient Judaism, Conference volume (In preparation, editing with Geoffrey Herman, submitted)

Peer-reviewed articles in journals

1. Kiperwasser R. 1998, “The Natural Order” – the Perception of the Nature in Rabbinic Thought”, Akdamot, the Journal for Jewish Thought 5, 35-52 (Hebrew).
2. Kiperwasser R. 1999, “The 248 Parts – a Study of the Mishna Oholot 1:8,” ‘BDD’: Journal of Torah and Scholarship 8, 29-64 (Hebrew)
3. Kiperwasser R. 2001, “The Metaphoric Process in Midrashic Literature: The Case of Qoheleth Rabbah,” Vestnik 6 (24, 11-29 (Russian)
4. Kiperwasser R. 2002, “The History of Aggada Researches,” Vestnik 7 (25), 201-232 (Russian)
5. Kiperwasser R. 2006, “Midrash ha-Gadol and The Exempla of the Rabbis (Sefer Ma’asiyot) and Midrashic Works on Ecclesiastes – A Comparative Approach,” Tarbiz 75, 409-436 (Hebrew)
6. Kiperwasser R. 2006-2007, “The Comparative Study in Midrashim on Kohelet,” Sidra 22 (2006-2007), 153-176 (Hebrew)
7. Kiperwasser R. 2007, “Structure and Form in Kohelet Rabbah as Evidence of Its Redaction,” JJS 58, 283-302
8. Kiperwasser R. 2007-2008, “Rabba bar Bar Channa’s Voyages,” Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 22, 215-242 (Hebrew)
9. Kiperwasser R. and Shapira D. 2008, “Irano-Talmudica I: The Three-Legged Ass and Ridya in B. Ta’anit: Some Observations about Mythic Hydrology in the Babylonian Talmud and in Ancient Iran,” AJS Review 32:1, 101–116
10. Kiperwasser R. 2009, “The Visit of the Rural Sage: Text, Context and Intertext in a Rabbinic Narrative,” Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore 26, 3-24 (Hebrew)
11. Kiperwasser R. 2009, ‘Three Partners in a Person.’ The Genesis and Development of Embryological Theory in Biblical and Rabbinic Judaism,” Lectio Difficilior – European Electronic Journal for Feminist Exegesis 2 (http://www.lectio.unibe.ch/09_2/kiperwasser.html).
12. Kiperwasser R. 2010, “Towards the Redaction History of Kohelet Rabbah,” JJS 61, 257-277
13. Kiperwasser R. and Ruzer S. 2012, “Zoroastrian Proselytes in Rabbinic and Syriac Christian Narratives: Orality-Related Markers of Cultural Identity”, History of Religions 51, no. 3, 197-218
14. Kiperwasser R. and Ruzer S. 2012, Приобщить Зороастрийца к Священному Писанию: Полемические стратегии, Символ № 61 – SYRIACA – ARABICA – IRANICA Париж – Москва, 71-106. (Russian version of 13)
15. Kiperwasser R. 2012, “The Immersion of Baallei Qerain,” JSQ 19, 311-338
16. Kiperwasser R. and Ruzer S. 2013, “The Holy Land and Its Inhabitors in Travel-stories of Bar-Sauma,” Cathedra 148, 41-70.
17. Kiperwasser R. 2014, “A Bizarre Invitation to the King’s Banquet: The Metamorphosis of a Parable Tradition and the Transformation of an Eschatological Idea”, Prooftexts-A Journal of Jewish Literary History, 33:2, 147-181.
18. Kiperwasser R. 2016, “The Bitter Fate of Elihoref and Ahiya: The Metamorphosis of a Story from the land of Israel that Went to Babylonia”, Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Literature 28, pp. 3-26 (Hebrew)
19. Kiperwasser R. 2017, “Wives of Commoners and the Masculinity of the Rabbis: Jokes, Serious Matters and Migrating Traditions”, Journal for the Study of Judaism 48, 418-445.
20. Kiperwasser R. 2019, “Three Partners in a Person”, The Metamorphoses of a Tradition and the History of an Idea (edited and updated version), Irano-Judaica 8 (2019), eds. Julia Rubanovich and Geoffrey Herman, Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute, 393-438.

Chapters in books

1. Kiperwasser R. 2007, “The Microcosmic Imaginary in Rabbinic Midrash,” BeDarkhei Shalom, Studies in Jewish Thought Presented to Prof. Shalom Rosenberg, B. Ish-Shalom (ed.), Jerusalem: Beit Morasha, 205-207 (Hebrew)
2. Kiperwasser R. 2008, “Early and Late in Kohelet Rabbah: A Study in Redaction-criticism,” Iggud – Selected Essays in Jewish Studies, B.J. Schwartz, A. Melamed, A. Shemesh (eds.), Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 291-312 (Hebrew)
3. Kiperwasser R. 2012, “Body of the Whore, Body of the Story and Metaphor of the Body,” Introduction to Seder Qodashim. A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud V. , Tal Ilan, Monika Brockhaus and Tanja Hidde (eds.), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 305-319
4. Kiperwasser R. and Shapira D. 2012, “Irano-Talmudica II: Leviathan, Behemoth and the “Domestication” of Iranian Mythological Creatures in Eschatological Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud,” Shoshanat Yaakov: Ancient Jewish and Iranian Studies in Honor of Yaakov Elman, Steven Fine and Shai Secunda (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 203-236
5. Kiperwasser R. 2013, “Matters of the Heart – The Metamorphosis of the Monolithic in the Bible to the Fragmented in Rabbinic Thought,” Judaism and Emotion: Texts, Performance, Experience, Sarah Ross, Gabriel Levy, and Soham Al-Suadi (eds.), Bern: Peter Lang, 43-59.
6. Kiperwasser R. and Ruzer S. 2014, “To Convert a Persian and to Teach Him the Holy Scriptures: a Zoroastrian Proselyte in Rabbinic and Syriac Christian Narratives” Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians: Religious Dynamics in a Sasanian Context, Geoffrey Herman (ed.), Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 91-127.
7. Kiperwasser R. 2014., “Elihoref and Ahia – The Metamorphosis of the Narrative Tradition from the Land of Israel to the Sassanian Babylonia,” Rabbinic Traditions Between Palestine and Babylonia: From There to Here, Ronit Nikolsky and Tal Ilan (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 255-273.
8. Kiperwasser R. and Shapira D. 2014, “Encounters between the Iranian Myth and Rabbinic Mythmakers in the Babylonian Talmud,” Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations between Jews, Iranians, and Babylonians, Uri Gabbay and Shai Secunda (eds.), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, p. 285-304.
9. Kiperwasser R. and Shapira D. 2015, “Irano-Talmudica III: Giant Mythological Creatures in Transition from the Avesta to the Babylonian Talmud”, Orality and Textuality in the Iranian World: Patterns of interaction across the centuries. Julia Rubanovich (ed.), Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture. Leiden: Brill, 65-92
10. Kiperwasser R. and Ruzer S. 2015, “Syriac Christians and Babylonian Jewry: Narratives and Identity Shaping in a Multi-Religious Setting”, Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, C. Harrison, B. Bitton-Ashkelony, T. De Bruyn (eds.), Turnhout, Brepols Publishers, 421-442.
11. Kiperwasser R. 2018, “Narrative Bricolage and Cultural Hybrids in Rabbinic Babylonia: On the Narratives of Seduction and the Topos of Light”, The Aggada of the Babylonian Talmud and it’s Cultural World, Geoffrey Herman and Jeffrey Rubenstein, (Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies), 23-45
12. Kiperwasser R. 2018, “A Spindle for the Caesars Daughter”, Sources and Interpretation in Ancient Judaism: For Tal Ilan at Sixty, Geoffrey Herman, Saskia Dönitz and Meron Piotrkowsky, AJEC series, Brill, 229-251
13. Kiperwasser R. and T. Ilan. 2019, “Virginity and Water: Between the Babylonian Talmud and Iranian Myth”, A Thousand Judgements: Festschrift for Maria Macuch, Edited by Almut Hintze, Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst and Claudius Naumann, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 2019, 193-208. (with Tal Ilan)
14. Kiperwasser R. 2019, “Going West: Migrating Babylonians and the Question of Identity”, A Question of Identity: Social, Political, and Historical Aspects of the Formation, Transition, and Negotiation of Identity in Jewish and Related Contexts, D. Rivlin-Katz, N. Hacham, G. Herman and L. Sagiv (Eds.), De-Gruyter, Berlin, 2019, 111-130.

1. Review on Daniel Boyarin, Socrates and the Fat Rabbis. University of Chicago Press, 2010,” Journal of Jewish History 25/3 (2011), 377-379
2. Rabbis as Visual Beings: Rachel Neis, The Sense of Sight in Rabbinic Culture: Jewish Ways of Seeing in Late Antiquity, Greek Culture in the Roman World (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), Ars Judaica 12 (2016), p. 153-156.
3. Learning the Language of the Rabbinic Body: Hezser, Catherine Rabbinic Body Language: Non-Verbal Communication in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity. Leiden; Boston, MA: Brill. (2017) H-Judaic.

Encyclopedia’s articles
“Ecclesiastes, Book of Judaism _ Rabbinic Judaism,” Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski (eds.)

Papers forthcoming
1. “Sea Voyages Tales in Conversation with the Jonah Story: Intertextuality and the Art of Narrative Bricolage”, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 2019 (with Serge Ruzer, forthcoming in 2019)
2. “Cleansing the Sacred Space: The Holy Land and Its Inhabitants in the Pilgrimage Narrative of Barsauma”, The Wandering Holly Men: The Life of Barsauma, Christian Asceticism and Religious Conflict in Late Antique Palestine, Johannes Hahn and Volker Menze (eds.), Transformation of the Classical Heritage series, University of California Press, (with Serge Ruzer, forthcoming in 2019), 142-162
3. “Narrating the Self: Stories about Rabbi Zeira’s Encounters in Land of Israel, Constructions of the Self in the Roman Empire”, Edited by Maren R. Niehoff and Joshua Levinson, Mohr Siebeck/Tübingen, In the series Culture, Religion and Politics in the Greco-Roman World (Forthcoming in 2020)
4. Solomon and Ashmedai Redux, JQR (Forthcoming, 2020)
5. From Oral Discourse to Written Documents, The Routledge Handbook of Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity, Editor: Catherine Hezser (submitted)

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