Judaic Studies

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Ari B Finkelstein

Title: Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies
Office: 3510 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-6546
Email: finkelai@ucmail.uc.edu

Professor Finkelstein is a historian of Jews and Judaism in the Greco-Roman world. His main research focuses on the use and function of Jews and Judaism in the works of Christians and pagans in Late Antiquity. His current book project, provisionally titled “Emperor Julian and the Jews: the Use of Jews in the Making of a Pagan Empire”, based on his doctoral dissertation, examines how Emperor Julian (361-363) triangulates Jews with Christians and pagans in order to produce a pagan empire and to delegitimize Christianity. He has also written on Pseudo-Philo and Ezekiel the Tragedian. Other academic interests include Greco-Roman history, Greco-Roman thought and law, early Christianity, biblical reception, post-colonial studies, and semiotics.  He also has two law degrees from McGill University.

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Finkelstein, Aryay, Pursuing Justice: Jewish Law in the 21st Century, National Endowment for the Humanities. (OH-R13-086), $3,000.00. 09/01/2013 to 08/31/2014. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Finkelstein, Aryay, URC Faculty Award 2014-2015, UC's University Research Council. (URC Faculty Award 2014-2015), $8,000.00. 01/23/2014 to 01/22/2015. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Finkelstein, Aryay, Foodaism: Do Jews Make Food or Does Food Make Jews?, National Endowment for the Humanities. (QU14-071), $3,500.00. 09/01/2014 to 08/31/2015. Status: Awarded.