School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies
Webiste of Dr. Hava Tirosh Samuelson


Between Worlds – The Life and Thought of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon (Albany: SUNY Press, 1991).

Reviewed in AJS Review; American Historical Review; Bibliotheque a Humanisme et Renaissance; Speculum; Iyyun; Salesianum; Journal of American Academy of Religion; Jewish Quarterly Review; Renaissance Quarterly; Yediot Aharonot.

Editor, Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002). 

Reviewed in Theological Digest; Jewish Advocate; Science and Spirit.

Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge, and Well-Being (Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2003).

Reviewed in: Journal of the History of Philosophy; Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter; Zion: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel; Iyyun: Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly; Aleph: Historical Studies in Science & Judaism; Religious Studies Review.

Editor, Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004).

Reviewed in:  Studies in Contemporary Jewry; Conservative Judaism; Aleph: Historical Studies in Science & Judaism 5 (2005): 357-59; Religious Studies Review 31 (3.4) (October 2005): 214.

Editor (with Christian Wiese), The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life (Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008).

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Concept of Torah in the Work of David Messer Leon,” (in Hebrew), Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 2 (1982) 94-117.

“Sefirot as the Essence of God in the Writings of David Messer Leon,” AJS Review 7-8 (1982-1983): 409-425.

“Maimonides and Aquinas: The Interplay of Two Masters in Medieval Jewish Philosophy,” Conservative Judaism 39 (1986): 54-66.

“The Political Philosophy of Abraham Shalom – The Platonic Tradition,” (in Hebrew), Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 9 (1990) (Shlomo Pines Jubilee Volume vol. 2): 409-440.

“In Defense of Jewish Humanism,” Jewish History 3 (2) (1989) 31-57.

“Medieval Judaism: The State of the Field: Response” in The State of Jewish Studies, edited by Shaye J.D. Cohen and Edward L. Greenstein (Detroit: Wane State University Press, 1990), pp. 132-48.

“Jewish Culture in Renaissance Italy – A Methodological Survey,” Italia 9 (1990): 63-96.

“Continuity and Revision in the Study of Kabbalah,” AJS Review 18 (1991): 161-192.

“Dare to Know – Feminism and Jewish Philosophy,” in Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies, edited by Lynn Davidman and Shelly Tenenbaum (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994), pp. 84-119.

“The Ultimate End of Human Life in Post-Expulsion Philosophical Literature,” in Crisis and Continuity in the Sephardic World: 1391-1648, edited by Benjamin R. Gampel (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997), pp. 223-254, notes, pp. 351-380.

“Human Felicity – Fifteenth-Century Sephardic Perspectives on Happiness,” in In Iberia and Beyond: Hispanic Jews between Two Cultures, edited by Bernard Dov Cooperman (Newark: University of Delaware Press), pp. 191-243.

“Jewish Philosophy on the Eve of Modernity,” in History of Jewish Philosophy, edited by Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman (London and New York: Routledge, 1997), pp. 499-573.

“Maimonides’ View of Happiness: Philosophy, Myth, and the Transcendence of History,” in Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, edited by Elisheva Carlebach, David N. Myers, and John M. Efron  (Hanover NH and London: Brandeis University Press, 1998), pp. 189-213.

“Theology of Nature in Sixteenth-Century Italian Jewish Philosophy,” in Science in Context 10 (no. 4) (Winter 1997): 529-570. 

“A Jewish Perspective on Religious Pluralism,” Macalester International 8 (Spring 2000): 73-112. Volume entitled: “Contending Gods: Religion and the Global Moment.”

Nature in the Sources of Judaism,” Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 130 (4) (2001): 99-124.

“Editor’s Introduction: Judaism and the Natural World,” in Judaism and Ecology, edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000), xxxiii-lxii.

“The Textualization of Nature in Jewish Mysticism,” in Judaism and Ecology, edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002), 389-406. 

“Jewish Spirituality: Past Models and Present Quest,” in Studies in Jewish Civilization 13: Spiritual Dimensions in Judaism, edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon and Ronald R. Simkings (Omaha: Creighton University Press, 2003), 1-30. 

 “Philosophy and Kabbalah: 1200-1600,” The Cambridge Companion of Medieval Jewish Philosophy, edited by Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 218-257.   

 “The Bible in the Jewish Philosophical Tradition,” The Jewish Study Bible, edited by Marc Brettler and Adele Berlin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), 1948-75.

The book received the National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship in 2004.

“Editor’s Introduction: Jewish Philosophy in Conversation with Feminism,” Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy, edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004), 1-23.

“Rethinking the Past and Anticipating the Future of Science and Religion,” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 40 (1) (2005): 33-42.

“Religion, Ecology, and Gender: A Jewish Perspective,” Feminist Theology 13 (3) (2005): 373-397.

“Judaism” for The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology, ed. Roger S. Gottlieb (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 25-64.

“Kabbalah: A Medieval Tradition and Its Contemporary Appeal,” History Compass 6 (2) (2008): 552-587.

“Virtue and Happiness,” The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: From Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century, edited by Stephen Nadler and T. M. Rudavsky (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 707-767.

“Jewish Philosophy, Human Dignity, and the New Genetics,” for Biotechnology, Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens, ed. Sean D. Sutton (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2009), pp. 81-122.


Book Reviews

Review of Isaac Rabinowitz (ed. and trans.), The Book of the Honeycomb Flow Sepher Nophet  Suphim by Judah Messer Leon (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1983), in Renaissance Quarterly 37 (1984): 234-38.

Review of Bernard Septimus, Hispano-Jewish Culture in Transition: The Career and Controversies of Ramah (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982) in Speculum 60 (1985): 199-201.

Review of Menachem Kelner, Dogmas in Medieval Jewish Thought: From Maimonides to Abravanel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986) in Critical Review of Books in Religion 3 (1990): 365-69.
Review of Judith Plaskow, Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1990) in Hadoar 70 (no. 32) (1991): 14-19 (in Hebrew).

Review of Yehuda Liebes, Studies in Jewish Myth and Jewish Messianism (Albany: SUNY Press, 1990) in Critical Review of Books in Religion 7 (1994): 432-35.

Review of Robert Bonfil, Jewish Life in Renaissance Italy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994) in American Historical Review (1995): 1615-1617.

Review of Elliot Wolfson, Through the Speculum that Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994) in The Journal of Religion 76 (1996): 506-509.

Review of Meir Zvi Bnaya, Moshe Almosnino of Salonika: His Life and Work (Ramat Aviv: Tel Aviv University, 1996) (Hebrew), Jewish Quarterly Review 89 (1998) 250-52.

Review of Joseph Davis, Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller: Portrait of a Seventeenth-Century Rabbi (Oxford, England and Portland, Oregon: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2004), Renaissance Quarterly 58 (3) (2005): 962-64.

Review of David B. Ruderman and Guiseppe Veltri (eds.), Cultural Intermediaries: Jewish Intellectuals in Early Modern Italy (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), The American Historical Review 100 (4) (2005): 1281-83. 

Review of Moshe Idel, Kabbalah and Eros ( New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005), AJS Review , (31) (no. 1) (2007): 187-190.

Review of Elliot R. Wolfson, Alef, Mem, Tau: Kabbalistic Musings on Time, Truth and Death (Berkeley and Los Angels: University of California , 2006), for Journal of Religion 87 (no. 3) (2007): 463-466.

Review of Shaul Regev (ed.), Mikve Israel by R. Israel Najara (Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University, 2004) Renaissance Quarterly LX (no. 4) (Winter, 2007): 1329-1330.

Review of Robert Chazan, The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom: 1000-1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), History: Reviews of New Books 36 (no. 3) Spring 2008): 108-110.

Review of Daniel Frank and Matt Goldish (eds.), Rabbinic Culture and Its Critics: Jewish
Authority, Dissent and Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Times
(Detroit: Wayne State, 2008), Renaissance Quarterly, vol. LXII (no. 1) (Spring, 2009): 279-281.

Review of Adam Shear, The Kuzari and the Shaping of Jewish Identity, 1167-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) for The American Historical Review 114 (3) (June 2009): 818-819.


Reviews On-Line

Review of Peter Ochs and Nancy Levene (eds.), Textual Reasonings: Jewish Philosophy and Text Study at the End of the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapid: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003), Review of Biblical Literature, published 3/17/04.  The review will be published as a review essay in vol. 6. 

Review of Randall Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998), Metanexus On-Line Journal: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Foundational Questions, published 4/16/04.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Messer Leon, Judah,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Chief Editor, Edward Craig  (Routledge: London, 1998), vol. 6, pp. 331-335;
“Shem Tov Family,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Chief Editor, Edward Craig, (Routledge: London, 1998), vol. 8, pp. 737-740.

“Kabbalah,” in Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999), General Editor, John H. Hayes, vol. 2, pp. 1-7.

“Jewish Philosophy,” The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance,” General Editor, Paul. F .Grendler (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999), vol. 3, pp. 314-318. 

“Judaism,” for Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, Editor in Chief, J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen (New York: Macmillan, 2003), vol. 2, pp. 477- 483. 

“Judaism,” The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Editor-in-Chief Bron Taylor (London: and New York: Continuum, 2005), vol. 1, pp. 525-537. 

“Ecology and Religion: Ecology and Judaism,” Encyclopedia of Religion, Revised Second Edition, Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Jones (New York: Macmillan, 2005), vol. 4, pp. 2641-47. 

Philosophy, Jewish: Women and Gender” Encyclopedia Judaica , 2nd edition, ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, vol. 16 (Detroit : Macmillan References USA, 2007), pp. 105-114.

Semi-Academic Publications

“Against Dogmatic Skepticism: A Response to Laura Levitt,” Sh’ma, 30/568 (January, 2000), pp. 9-10.

“The Jewish Feminist as Jewish Philosopher,” Outlook: Women’s League for Conservative Judaism 70 (4) (Summer 2000): 11-14.

“Beyond Conflict of Science and Religion: The Case of Judaism.” Canyon Institute of Advanced Studies vol. 5, issue 11 (Spring 2006): 8-10.


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