Soci curriculum vitae
Department of Religious Studies
2604 Cathedral of Learning
+1 412 624 2280
- Early modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history; history of the book; transmission of Jewish philosophy in the early modern period.
Publications (peer reviewed)
The Kuzari and
the Shaping of Jewish Identity, 1167-1900.
Book, Editorial Role
The Historical Writings of Joseph of
Rosheim: Leader of
Jewry in Early Modern
Refereed Journal Articles/Book Chapters
Judeo-Christianity.” In Philosemitism in History, ed. Adam
Sutcliffe and Jonathan Karp.
“Jews and Judaism in Early Modern
“Canonicity and the Authority of
Works of ‘Jewish Thought’: Theoretical Perspectives and Some
Examples from the Early Modern Reception of the Kuzari.” In Iggud:
Selected Essays in Jewish Studies, vol. 1, ed. Baruch Schwartz, Aharon
Shemesh, and Avraham Melamed.
“‘The Italian and
“The Role of Judah Halevi’s Sefer
ha-Kuzari in Ashkenaz: A Case Study in the Transmission of Cultural
Knowledge.” In Sepharad in Ashkenaz: Medieval Knowledge and
Eighteenth-Century Enlightened Jewish Discourse, ed. Irene Zwiep, Andrea
Schatz, and Resianne Fontaine.
“Afterword.” In The
Historical Writings of Joseph of Rosheim.
“Judah Moscato’s Scholarly
Self-Image and the Question of Jewish Humanism.” In Cultural
Intermediaries: Jewish Intellectuals in Early Modern
“Judah Halevi’s Kuzari
in the Haskalah: Reinterpretation and Re-imagining of a Medieval Work.”
In Renewing the Past, Reconfiguring
Jewish Culture: From Al-Andalus to the Haskalah, ed. Ross Brann and Adam
Sutcliffe. Jewish Cultures and Contexts series.
Book Reviews in Academic Journals
Karaite Judaism and Historical
Understanding, by Fred Astren.
Jews, Judaism, and the Reformation in
The Censor, The Editor, and the Text: The
Catholic Church and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century, by
Rites and Passages: The Beginnings of
Modern Jewish Culture in
Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian
Difference and the Politics of Translation, by Naomi
Beautiful Death: Jewish
Poetry and Martyrdom in Medieval
Major Turning Points in Jewish Intellectual
History, by David Aberbach.
The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book, by Marvin Heller.
Spirit Possession in Judaism: Cases and Contexts
from the Middle Ages to the Present, ed. Matt
Isaac Abarbanel’s Stance Toward
Tradition: Defense, Dissent, and Dialogue, by Eric Lawee.
The Impact of Kabbalah in the Seventeenth
Century, by Allison Coudert.
Light of the Eyes, by
Azariah de’ Rossi, annotated translation by Joanna Weinberg.
Abraham’s Heirs: Jews and Christians
Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Jewish
Identities, ed. Norman Kleeblatt.
Publications (not peer reviewed)
From Written to Printed Text: The Transmission
of Jewish Tradition. An
Exhibition of Books and Manuscripts from the Library of the Center for Judaic
Studies. Catalogue co-authored and exhibit co-curated with Rebecca Kobrin.
On-line version: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/cajs/exhibit1996/.
“The Examination of the World.”
In The Jewish Book: Material Texts
and Comparative Contexts. An Online Exhibition from the Center for
Advanced Judaic Studies, ed. Seth Jerchower. Center for Advanced Judaic
Cosri.” In Hebraica Veritas? An Exhibition
from the Collection of the Center for Judaic Studies Library, ed.
Stephen Burnett and Seth Jerchower. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library,
Consultant for Hebrew manuscripts in
exhibit, Bibliotheca Schoenbergensis: An Exhibition from the Collection of
Lawrence J. Schoenberg, curated by Lisa Fagin Davis. Department of Special
Collections, Van Pelt Library,
“B’nai Jacob in the Interwar
Period: An Immigrant Synagogue’s Move Toward Conservative Judaism.”
Work in Progress
“Jewish Enlightenment Beyond
“Medicine, Science, and Jewish
Philosophy.” In Cambridge History of Judaism, volume 7, 1500-1815,
ed. Jonathan Karp and Adam Sutcliffe.
“The Jewish Book: Material Texts and Comparative Contexts” (working title), co-editor with Joseph Hacker. Multi-contributor volume on the history of the Jewish book, commissioned by the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies for publication in Jewish Cultures and Contexts series, University of Pennsylvania Press.
“Kulturtransfer im neuen Stil: Der
Renaissance-Prediger Yehuda Moscato (ca. 1530-1590)” [Cultural Transfer
in a New Style: The Renaissance Preacher Yehuda Moscato (ca. 1530-1590)],
participant on editorial and translation team led by Giuseppe Veltri and
“The Formation of a Canon of Jewish Thought as an Early Modern Process: The Book Culture of Early Modern Italian Jews” (monograph project; working title)