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Neta Stahl

Neta Stahl

Assistant Professor

Gilman 481
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., and by appointment
Curriculum Vitae


Neta Stahl’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of religion, literature, and culture. Her methodology is interdisciplinary, incorporating intellectual history, cultural, and social studies skills into her literary research. 

Stahl won grants from the Posis Fellowship and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and received the Koret Publication prize for first book in Jewish Studies.

TZELEM YEHUDI, her Hebrew book on the representation of Jesus in 20th-century Hebrew literature, was published in 2008. An expanded English edition, Other and Brother: The Figure of Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape, was published in 2013 with Oxford University Press. A collection of articles she edited, titled Jesus Among the Jews, appeared with Routledge (2012). Stahl is also working on her next book, Modern Hebrew Literature and the Divine. The new book explores the conundrum of a literature that presents itself as an ideological, secular break from Jewish tradition, yet maintains a dominant dialogue with the Jewish God.


Other and Brother: The Figure of Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). 248 pp. 

Jesus Among the Jews: Representations and Thoughts ed. Neta Stahl (London and New York: Routledge, 2012).

TZELEM YEHUDI: Representations of Jesus in Twentieth Century Hebrew Literature (in Hebrew). (Tel Aviv: Resling, 2008).  

Autre et nôtre. Jésus juif (French Translation of TZELEM YEHUDI ), Translated by Nicholas Weill (Paris: Alma Press, under contract). 


“Theomorphism and Modern Hebrew Literature’s Search for the Divine: Brenner and Shlonsky as a Case Study”, Jewish Studies Quarterly (JSQ). Forthcoming.

“Jewish Writers and Nationalist Theology at the Fin de Siécle” in Emma Mason (ed.), Theological Issues in Literature and the Abrahamic Faiths, (Bloomsbury, forthcoming fall 2014).

“Was Jesus a Rabbi? Modern Hebrew Literature and its Jesus”, Hebrew Studies. Forthcoming, 2015.

“Uri Zvi Greenberg and the Devine” in Tamar Wolf-Monzon and Avidov Lipsker (eds.), The Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg in the 1920s [in Hebrew] (Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University, forthcoming).

“Between the Literary and the Historical Jesus: Teaching the Modern Hebrew Writers’ Jesus” in Zev Garber (ed.), Teaching Jesus: Pedagogy and Exegesis, (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

“Conceptions of Time and History in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Train Stories,” Comparative Literature. 66:3, Summer 2014, 322-339.

“Jesus as the New Jew: Zionism and the Literary Representation of Jesus,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 11, No. 1, March 2012, 1-22.

“‘We left Yeshu’: On Three Twentieth Century Hebrew Poets’ Longing for Jesus” in Neta Stahl (ed.), Jesus among the Jews, (London and New York: Routledge, 2012), 187-202.

“Not Being at One’s Home: Yoel Hoffmann and the Formal Representation of Otherness,” Prooftexts: Journal of Jewish Literary History, 30:2 (2011), 217-237.

“‘Man’s Red Soup’: Blood and the Art of Esau in the poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg.” in Mitchell Hart (ed.), The Significance of Blood in Jewish History and Culture (London: Routledge: 2009), 160-70.

“Uri Zvi Before the Cross: The Figure of Jesus in the Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg”, Religion & Literature,40.3 (2008), 49-80.

 “‘Why Have You Forsaken Me?’ – Avot Yeshurun and Jesus of Krasnitaw” (Hebrew), Iggud: Selected Essays in Jewish Studies, Vol. III: Literature, Language, and Art (Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies, 2007), 215-228.