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Dr. Bark Cohen

CV

Education

2000-2004 Ph.D Bar-Ilan University Talmud
1999-2000 M.A Bar-Ilan University Talmud
1995-1998 B.A Open University Jewish History
1998-2000 Teaching Certificate Moreshet Ya'akov Seminary Judaism: Bible and Oral Law
Doctoral thesis:

"Rav Sheshet and his Interpretive and Analytical Methodology." Advisor:  Prof. M.S. Feldblum, Prof. S. Z. Havlin

Positions Held

2016-2021 Senior Lecturer Bar-Ilan University, Department of Talmud (1) Babylonian Amoraim: History, Legal Rulings and Source (2) Talmudic Terminology
2019 Visiting Lecturer Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University (teaching during sabbatical) (1) Babylonian Amoraim: History, Legal Rulings and Source (2) Talmudic Terminology
2004-2016

2004-2010: Assistant

2010-2016:

Lecturer
Bar-Ilan University, Department of Talmud (1) Babylonian Amoraim: History, Legal Rulings and Source interpretation (2) Talmudic Texts (3) Amoraic Baraitot: Nature, Source and Content
2011-2013 Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University Babylonian Amoraim: History, Legal Rulings and Source interpretation

Visiting Lecturer

(summer semesters) 
2007

Visiting Scholar

Taylor-Schechter Research Institute, Cambridge University Library Historiographic Literature on Babylonian Amoraim 

Grants and Awards

2018 Hatikva – EU "Confession of Sins in Early Christianity and Rabbinic Literature"
2016 University Presidential Grant (The 'Beit Shalom-Kyoto Foundation'), Bar – Ilan University

From Palestine to Babylonia: Rabbinic Traditions in Transition and the Beginnings of Talmud

(forthcoming book)
2014 The Sander and Samuel Kolatch Graduate Program in Talmudic and Rabbinic Studies, Bar – Ilan University Was There Really a Rava II in Sasanian Babylonia?
2007-2011 University Presidential Grant (The 'Beit Shalom-Kyoto Foundation'), Bar – Ilan University The Legal Methodology of Late Nehardean Sages in Sasanian Babylonia
2007 Center for Education and Multidisciplinary Studies (CEMUS) Historiographic Literature of the Babylonian Amoraim (Geonim and Rishonim)

 

Publications

List of Publications

 

Cohen, B.S.

"On Local Academies in Talmudic Babylonia" (Hebrew), Zion 70       (2005): 447-471

 Cohen, B.S.

"Rav Nahman and Rav Sheshet: Conflicting Methods of Exegesis of Tannaitic Sources" (Hebrew), Hebrew Union College Annual 76 (2005): 11-32

Cohen, B.S.

"Contrasting Study Methods of the Latter Nehardeans in The Babylonian Talmud' (Hebrew), Hebrew Union College Annual 78 (2006): 1-24

 Cohen, B.S.

"Rashi's Historiographical Concepts of the Babylonian Amoraim" (Hebrew), Jewish Studies, An Internet Journal 6 (2007): 1-19

 Cohen, B.S.

"How Many R. Hamnunas in the Babylonian Talmud? A Study in Talmudic Chronology", Review of Rabbinic Judaism 10 (2007): 95-113

Cohen, B.S.

"'May You Live to One Hundred and Twenty': The Extraordinary Life-Span of Several Babylonian Amoraim according to Rashi", Review of Rabbinic Judaism 10 (2007): 221- 235

 Cohen, B.S.

"Legal Analogies in the Babylonian Talmud", Diné Israel 25 (2008): 149-184

 Cohen, B.S.

"In Quest of Babylonian Tannaitic Traditions: The Case of 'Tanna D'bei Shmuel", AJS Review 33 (2009): 271-303

Cohen, B.S.

"In Nehardea Where there are No Heretics": The Purported Jewish Response to Christianity in Nehardea (A Re-Examination of the Talmudic Evidence)", Studies in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity: Text and Context (ed. Dan Jaffe), Brill: Leiden 2010: 29-44

 Cohen, B.S.

"The 'Amoriac Baraitot' in Nehardea: The Case of 'Tannei Tanna Kameh'", Hebrew Union College Annual 82-83 (2011-2012): 29-59

 Cohen, B.S.

"'Shmuel said: Hilkheta': The Halakhic Rulings of Shmuel in the Two Talmudim" (Hebrew), Jewish Studies, An Internet Journal 12 (2013): 1-32

Cohen, B.S.

"On Rashi's Interpretations of One Talmudic Rule in the Babylonian Talmud ("amar rav peloni mishmeh de-rav almoni)" (Hebrew), A. Cohen, ed. Rashi and His Disciples (Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press 2013): 93-109

Cohen, B.S.

"Was There Really a Rava II? (A Re-Examination of The Talmudic Evidence)", The Jewish Quarterly Review 103 (2013): 273-297

Cohen, B.S.

"In Quest of Babylonian Tannaitic Traditions II: The Case of Avuha de-Shmuel", Journal of Jewish Studies 66 (2015): 59-78

Cohen, B.S.

"'Amoraic Baraitot' Reconsidered: The Case of Tannei Tanna Kameh', AJS Review 39 (2015): 93-120

Cohen, B.S.

Cohen, 'Dating Anti-Christian Sources in the Babylonian Talmud', in Jews and Christians in Antiquity: The Parting of the Ways (eds. Y. Teppler, R. Nir, D. Jaffé), Brill, 2022 [upcoming]

Cohen, B.S.

B.S. Cohen, 'Citation Formulae in the Babylonian Talmud: From Transmission to Authoritative Traditions', Journal of Jewish Studies 70 (2019), pp. 24-44

Cohen, B.S.

B.S. Cohen, 'The Use of Literary Considerations as a Key for Assessing the Reliability of Memrot in the Babylonian Talmud: The Case of the Lo Shanu Ela Traditions', in Land and Spirituality in Rabbinic Literature (eds. Steven Fine, Shana Schick), Brill: Leiden 2022 [upcoming]

 Cohen, B.S.

B.S. Cohen, 'Professor Wilhelm Bacher’s Contribution to the Study of the Intellectual World of the Amoraim,' Revue des Études Juives 181 (2021) [upcoming]

Cohen, B.S.

B.S. Cohen, 'The Tannei Rav Peloni Baraitot in the Babylonian Talmud: From Recitation to Ascription', Journal of Ancient Judaism 10 (2021) [upcoming]

Cohen, B.S.

'"Veha Amar Rav Peloni": The Development of the Talmudic Objection in the Bavli' (Hebrew), Sidra 35 (2022) [upcoming]  

Courses

Workshop (Hebrew)

02-0040-74

The Thought and Principals of the Sages

credits equal 2 Annual course hours

Annual

For general high school graduates

 

Course (Hebrew)

02-499-70

The World of the Sages in Rabbinic Literature

credits equal 2 Annual course hours

Annual

For general high school graduates

Via Zoom

Research

Babylonian Amoraim: History, Legal Rulings and Source; Talmudic Terminology