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Name Mira Balberg
Position Professor
Institutional Affiliation UC San Diego
Research Interests

Late Antiquity, early rabbinic literature, purity systems, sacrifice, and production of knowledge

Pleiades IDs 423025
Websites https://history.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/balberg.html

"Selected Works


Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature. University of California Press, 2014.

Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature. Forthcoming, University of California Press, 2017.


“In and Out of the Body: The Significance of Intestinal Disease in Rabbinic Literature.” Journal of Late Antiquity 8.2 (2015): 273-287.

“Artifacts.” In Late Ancient Knowing: Explorations in Intellectual History, eds. Catherine M. Chin and Moulie Vidas. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015, 17-35.

“The Animalistic Gullet and the Godlike Soul: Reframing Sacrifice in Midrash Leviticus Rabbah.” AJS Review 38.2 (2014): 221-247.

“Impure Scholasticism: The Study of Purity Laws and Rabbinic Self-Criticism in the Babylonian Talmud” (with Moulie Vidas). Prooftexts 32.2 (2013): 312-356.

“Pricing Persons: Consecration, Compensation, and Individuality in the Mishnah.” Jewish Quarterly Review 103.2 (2013): 169-195.

“The Emperor’s Daughter’s New Skin: Corporeal Identity in the Dialogues of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Hanania and the Emperor’s Daughter.” Jewish Studies Quarterly 19.3 (2012): 181-226.

“Rabbinic Authority, Medical Rhetoric, and Body Hermeneutics in Mishnah Nega‘im” AJS Review 35.2 (2011): 323-346."
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