Dr. Yonatan Moss

Dr. Moss is a newly hired senior lecturer at the Hebrew University’s Department of Comparative Religion. He obtained his PhD in religious studies at Yale, focusing on the history of ancient Christianity, and subsequently held a postdoctoral position at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Moss currently works on a range of issues in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the first millennium, with a focus on the intersections between theology and politics. His current project brings a wealth of unpublished Syriac (Christian Aramaic) works by ninth-century Iraqi bishops to bear on the redesign of the contemporary Judeo-Arabic culture. Dr. Moss explores how Jewish intellectuals such as Egyptian-Iraqi luminary Saadia Gaon drew on Christian sources in their reshaping of Judaism in light of Hellenistic categories.