Jewish Thought & History
Eric LaweeBar-Ilan University
Eric Lawee is a member of the Department of Bible at Bar-Ilan University, where he teaches religious and Jewish Studies. He was previously a member of the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto, where he won a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in York’s Faculty of Arts in 2007-8. Professor Lawee’s research centers on medieval and early modern Judaism. His book Isaac Abarbanel’s Stance toward Tradition: Defense, Dissent, and Dialogue won a Canadian Jewish Book Award in Biblical and Rabbinic Scholarship and was a Finalist for a National Jewish Book Award (USA) in the area of Scholarship. His current work explores the reception of the most influential work of Hebrew biblical exegesis of all time, the eleventh-century Torah commentary of Solomon ben Isaac (Rashi), among readers living in intellectually disparate Jewish communities over the ages. A book in progress, Canon and Commentary: Rashi’s Resisting Readers, investigates the phenomenon of commentaries on Rashi’s Commentary (“Rashi supercommentaries”) and, in particular, “resisting” (or critical) readers of Rashi’s classic of biblical scholarship.