Mara Benjamin

Chair of Jewish Studies; Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies
Jewish textual traditions and practices, including biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary hermeneutics; modern Jewish thought; and gender and religion.

Mara Benjamin's first book, Rosenzweig’s Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity (Cambridge, 2009), examined the theological and political stakes of the endeavor to reinvigorate Jewish intellectual and social responses to the Bible, focusing on the work of Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929), an important Jewish religious thinker of the modern period.

Her second book, The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought, (Indiana University Press, 2018) investigates the religious dimensions of caring for young children in the context of Jewish thought and tradition.