Speakers Bureau

Dr. Jonathan Milgram

Johnathan Milgram

Title: Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics

Jonathan Milgram is assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary where he has taught since 2004.

Dr. Milgram has taught at Hunter College, the Drisha Institute, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He also served as professor at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and London School for Jewish Studies (formerly Jews' College) in England. Dr. Milgram is former coordinator of JTS's Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research, a research institute dedicated to the computerization of medieval Jewish manuscripts, and recently was on the editorial staff of the Encyclopedia Judaica, second edition.

Dr. Milgram's research interests and publications deal with Talmud criticism, medieval Jewish law, and the intersection of these two fields. His teaching experience includes courses in Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, comparative sex ethics, Talmudic literature, and medieval Jewish law. He is currently working on a critical commentary to tractate Bekhorot, to be included in the Talmud commentary series published by the Society for the Interpretation of Talmud in Israel.

Dr. Milgram has a BA from Columbia University and a BA from JTS. He earned his MA and rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University and his PhD from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Read Jonathan Milgram's faculty profile.


“Ethics of Hope, Ethics of Doom: Comparative Sex Ethics in Early Judaism(s) and Christianity”

“From Sacrifice to Ceremony: the Transformation of First-born Sacrifice in the Bible and Talmud”

“If You Rent a Donkey and It Dies Midway, Who Pays? Liability Law According to the Talmud and Not Avis”

“Jesus in the Talmud”

“The Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Significance for the Study of Jewish Law”

“The Impact of the ‘Market’ on Jewish Law: Wine Trade in the Medieval Period and its Effects on Medieval Jewish Law”

“Memory, Manuscript, and Modernization: From Mishnah to Microsoft” (Please note: requires audiovisual equipment)

“What is Talmud?”


Jewish Law


Ancient Judaism

Dead Sea Scrolls

Medieval Jewish law

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