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Michael D. Swartz

Michael D. Swartz

Michael D. Swartz




321 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Judaism & Late Antiquity
  • Rabbinic Studies
  • Magic & Ritual

Michael D. Swartz specializes in the cultural history of Judaism in late antiquity, rabbinic studies, early Jewish mysticism and magic, and ritual studies.  He is the author of The Mechanics of Providence: The Workings of Ancient Jewish Magic and Mysticism (2018); The Signifying Creator: Non-Textual Sources of Meaning in Ancient Judaism (2012); Scholastic Magic: Ritual and Revelation in Early Jewish Mysticism (1996), and Mystical Prayer in Ancient Judaism (1992); and co-author, with Joseph Yahalom, of Avodah: Ancient Poems for Yom Kippur (2005) and Hebrew and Aramaic Incantation Texts from the Cairo Genizah (1992), with Lawrence H. Schiffman. He also served as the Associate Editor for Judaica for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Religion (2005). 

Dr. Swartz is currently working on a history of ideas of sacrifice in post-biblical Judaism.

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