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Peter Sabo, PhD, MA, BA

Belzberg Lecturer in Jewish Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

About Me

I specialize in literary study of the Hebrew Bible, applying insights from contemporary and critical theory. Another area of my research is reception history of the Bible, including its influence on contemporary culture, politics, and identity. Both of these areas of research tie into my interest in method and theory in the study of religion and Judaism, which I approach from social, psychonanalytical, and poetic perspectives. 



2018 Co-editor with Rhiannon Graybill. Who Knows What We'd Ever Make of It, If We Ever Got our Hands on It?": The Bible and Margaret Atwood (Gorgias Press, forthcoming). 

2018 Co-editor with Andrew Gow. Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: Poetry, prophecy, and justice in Hebrew Scripture: Essays in honour of Francis Landy on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Boston: Brill. 

Refereed Journal Articles

2018 “Food for Thought: The Question of the Animal and Gil Anidjar’s Blood.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Special Advance Issue. June. 1-17.  

2018 “Caves of the Hebrew Bible: A Speleology.” Biblical Interpretation. 26.1: 1-22.

2016 “Of Squawking Seagulls and the Mutable Divine in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s A Time for Everything (With Reference to My Struggle).” The Bible and Critical Theory. 12.1: 109-116.

Book Chapters

2018 “The Bible and Literature (in Secret),” in Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: Poetry, prophecy, and justice in Hebrew Scripture: Essays in honour of Francis Landy on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Edited by Peter Sabo and Andrew Gow. Boston: Brill.

2015 “Surpassing (the Love of) Women: Homosociality, Homosexuality, and the ‘Sacrifice’ of Women in the Bible and Borges,” in Borges and the Bible. Edited by Jay Twomey and Richard Walsh. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

2015 “Poetry Amid Ruins,” in Poets, Prophets, and Texts in Play: Studies in Biblical Poetry and Prophecy in Honour of Francis Landy. Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi, Claudia V. Camp, David M. Gunn, and Aaron Hughes. New York: T & T Clark.

2015 “Blurred Boundaries in the Lot Story,” in History, Memory, Hebrew Scriptures. Edited by Ian D. Wilson and Diana Edelman. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

2014 “Drawing out Moses: Water as a Personal Motif of the Biblical Character,” in Thinking of Water in the Early Second Temple Period. Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi and Christoph Levine. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentlische Wissenschaft. Berlin: de Gruyter.

2013 “Seeking Saul in Chronicles,” in Chronicling the Chronicler: The Book of Chronicles in Early Second Temple Historiography. Edited by Paul S. Evans and Tyler F. Williams. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. 


Hebrew Bible; Method and Theory in Religion; Judaism; World Religions; Literature

Introduction to Hebrew Bible (Religion 202).

Introduction to Judaism (Religion 205)

The Bible as/and Literature (Religion 397)

Contemporary Theories of Religion (Religion 475). 

Classical Theories of Religion (Religion 200). 

Cyrus to Jesus (Religion 308). 

Introduction to Western Religious Traditions (Religion 102). 

Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions (Religion 103). 

Literary Theory and Studies in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Religion 404)

New Courses Scheduled to Teach

Ancient Near Eastern Mythology and Literature (Religion 385). Fall 2019. 

Approaches to the Study of Religion (Religion 375). Winter 2020.