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Zuleika Rodgers Lecturer in Jewish Studies

Having taken my undergraduate degree at Trinity, I wrote my Ph.D. on the first-century Judean historian Flavius Josephus under the supervision of Prof. Sean Freyne. During my doctoral research, I studied in Jeruslem at the École Biblique et Archéologique française de Jérusalem and the Ratisbonne Institute. I have been working in the area of Hellenistic Judaism, publishing and organising conferences and I am currently co-editing (with Prof. Honora Chapman) the Blackwell Companion to Josephus in his World. I am now focusing my research on Jewish intellectual history, in particular the reception of Hellenistic Judaism from the period of the Enlightenment. I have run two workshops on this theme, one with colleagues in the University of Amsterdam.

I am supervising four Ph.D. students working on topics such as Philo of Alexandria, Irish Jewish communal responses to the pogroms in Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and Irish attitudes towards Zionism from 1948 to 1973. For our undergraduate course I offer modules on Jewish history and culture from the Roman period to the present and I am the academic director of the Certificate in Holocaust Education which is offered in conjunction with Holocaust Education Trust Ireland. I am the director of the Herzog Centre for the study of Jewish and Near Eastern Religions and Culture.

Currently I am serving as President of the British Association for Jewish Studies and we will host the annual conference in July 2014 (13-15 July) at Trinity College Dublin. The theme is: ‘Jews and Political Discourse’. I also serve as the national representative on the Academic Working Group of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. I am on the editorial board of Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture.

From 2008-2012 I served as Co-Chair for the Hellenistic Judaism Section at the Society of Biblical Literature and I was a member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for the Study of Near Eastern Religions and the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

Publications

  • 'Josephus's Biblical Interpretation,' in Companion to Jewish Biblical Interpretation in the Hellenistic and Early Roman Period, Edited by M. Henze. Eerdmans, 2012.
  • 'Monarchy vs. Priesthood: Josephus, Justus of Tiberius, and Agrippa II,' in Z. Rodgers, M. Daly-Denton and A. Fitzpatrick-McKinley (eds.), A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, Brill, 2009.
  • A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne, Edited by Z. Rodgers, with M.Daly-Denton and A. Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, Brill, 2009
  • 'Josephus' 'Theokratia' and Mosaic Discourse: The Actualisation of Revelation at Sinai,' in The Significance of Sinai: Traditions about Sinai and Divine Revelation in Judaism and Christianity, Edited by: George J. Brooke, Hindy Najman, Loren T. Stuckenbruck. Editorial Assistance: Eva Mroczek, Brauna Doidge and Nathalie Lacoste. 2008
  • 'Justice for Justus: A re-examination of Justus of Tiberias' Role in Josephus' Autobiography in Biographical Limits in the Ancient World (eds. J. Mossman and B. McGing). Classical Press of Wales, 2006.
  • Making History: Josephus and Historical Method. Leiden: Brill, 2006. Editor, Proceedings of the International Josephus Colloquium, Dublin.

Current Teaching Responsibilities

  • JF - Introduction to Jewish Civilisation from Antiquity to the Present
  • SF/JS - Jews in the Medieval World
  • SF/JS - Jews and European Society from 1750
  • SF/JS - Response to Empire: Judeans and Rome
  • SF/JS - Great Jewish Books
  • SS - Holocaust Representation in Film and Literature
  • Academic Director, Certificate in Holocaust Education