Dr. Tova Ganzel

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Tova Ganzel, PhD (2005), Bar-Ilan University Israel, is Senior Lecturer at the Multidisciplinary Department of Jewish Studies at the University and Head of Cramim Jewish Studies Honors Program. Her broad area of interest is prophetic literature in the context of the larger ancient Near Eastern world. She has published on Joel, Haggai, Isaiah with a specialization on the book of Ezekiel. Tova was the Director of the Midrasha at Bar-Ilan University and is one the first trained women’s halakhic advisors (Yoatzot Halacha). Her Books Destruction and Restoration in the Seer’s Prophecy: Studies in the Prophecies of Ezekiel was published in 2012 [Hebrew] and 2020 [English] and Ezekiel’s Visionary Temple in Babylonian Context, De Gruyter (BZAW 539) was recently published (2021). Her recent research focuses on the prophetic literature, ancient Near Eastern temples and Second Temple Period texts, specifically on Ezekiel's temple vision in its Neo-Babylonian context. In addition, she has also engaged the issue of the Jewish reception of biblical criticism and addressed various aspects of this topic, from the eighteenth century to the present, in a number of studies, and was the primary editor of The Believer and the Modern Study of the Bible, edited by Tova Ganzel, Yehudah Brandes, and Chayuta Deutsch, Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019.  Expanded version: Jerusalem: Beit Morasha, 2015, 2016 (second edition) [Hebrew]. 

Research

Tova Ganzel's work is mainly on the Hebrew Bible in the context of the larger ancient Near Eastern world. Her recent research focuses on the prophetic literature, ancient Near Eastern temples and second temple texts. In addition, she occasionally publishes on Jewish reception of biblical criticism from the eighteenth century to the present and on women as Halakhic Professionals.