Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture
An expert on law and ethics in early rabbinic Judaism, Tzvi Novick aptly holds concurrent appointments in the College of Arts and Letters and the Law School. His work ranges widely, from the Hebrew Bible to early rabbinic Judaism to the late antique synagogue.
Novick examines how legal and ethical categories develop, and how the articulation of such categories creates new possibilities for normative expression even as it forecloses others. His publications address modern constitutional theory and tort law, as well as law and narrative in the Hebrew Bible, the use of the Hebrew Bible in the Second Temple period, early rabbinic law in its Greco-Roman context, ancient biblical translation, and liturgical poetry in late antiquity.
An emerging scholar, Novick received his bachelor’s, juris doctor, and doctoral degrees from Yale University, as well as a master’s degree in Hebrew Bible from Yeshiva University. His dissertation was awarded Yale’s Field Prize.
This professorship was established by Dr. Ann Uhry Abrams, a specialist of 18th- and 19th-century American art history, and the late Edward Abrams (’50). The couple has broadly supported the University, endowing a library collection in Judaica, a scholarship and fellowship, and an endowment to further Jewish-Christian dialogue.