David Kraemer

Dr. Kraemer is the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary. In his scholarship, Dr. Kraemer is particularly interested in literary analysis of rabbinic literature, rabbinic ritual, and the social and religious history of Jews in late antiquity.

His articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals, ranging from the popular to the academic. He is the author of several books, including The Mind of the Talmud: An Intellectual History of the Babylonian Talmud (Oxford, 1990), Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature (Oxford, 1995), Reading the Rabbis: The Talmud as Literature (Oxford, 1996), The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism (Routledge, 2000), and Exploring Judaism: The Collected Essays of David Kraemer (Scholars Press, 2000). He is also the editor of a volume on the history of the Jewish family titled The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory (Oxford, 1989). Dr. Kraemer's most recent work, Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages, a book on the evolution of Jewish eating practices through the centuries, was published by Routledge in June 2007.

Dr. Kraemer has been involved in Jewish adult education for many years. He has lectured widely for such programs as CLAL, the Skirball Center, and Me'ah. He also served as a consultant for The Jewish Museum's permanent exhibition.

Dr. Kraemer received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and his master's degree and doctorate from The Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition, he spent a year studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Published Works

Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages

Reading the Rabbis: The Talmud as Literature

The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism

Exploring Judaism: The Collected Essays of David Kraemer

The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory

The Mind of the Talmud

Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature

More Information

Title: Professor, Talmud and Rabbinics
Department: Faculty
Building/Room: Library 5504
Phone: 678-8075
Ext: 8075
Email: dakraemer@jtsa.edu