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Esther J. Hamori

Esther Hamori

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible


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New York, NY 10027


* Please note: Dr. Hamori is on sabbatical during the spring term, 2014.


Ph.D., 2004
New York University, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

M.Div., 1997
Yale Divinity School

B.A., 1994
Sarah Lawrence College


Professor Esther J. Hamori earned her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College with a major in Violin Performance in 1994. She received the M.Div. at Yale Divinity School in 1997, and her Ph.D. at New York University in 2004. Before joining the Union faculty, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a guest faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College.

Dr. Hamori's publications include a book on divine anthropomorphism, "When Gods Were Men": The Embodied God in Biblical and Near Eastern Literature (BZAW 384; Walter de Gruyter: Berlin, 2008),and articles such as "The Spirit of Falsehood," Catholic Biblical Quarterly72 (2010): 15-30, and "A Note on ki-ma LI-i-im (Gilgamesh P 218, 224)," Journal of the American Oriental Society 127:1 (2007): 67-72. Her recent service at Union has included organizing the Hebrew Bible Colloquium, which meets 6-8 times a year over lunch for an informal presentation and open discussion. Presenters have included PhD students and leading scholars in the field. Some colloquia are joint endeavors with our neighbors at Jewish Theological Seminary, and have included discussion of textual interpretation, methodological issues, and broader topics such as the relationship between critical scholarship and faith.

Dr. Hamori serves as co-chair for the Society of Biblical Literature's section on Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, and as a steering committee member for the section on Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature. She has presented papers at the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Oriental Society, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Columbia Bible Seminar, and speaks at local congregations. She received two awards from New York University for excellence in teaching. The focus of her research involves various forms of divine-human contact and communication in Israelite and Near Eastern religion. She is currently working on a book on women, prophecy and divination in biblical literature.


The Arts of Reading: Exegetical Practicum (Fall 2013)

Introduction to the Old Testament  (Fall 2013)

Contents of the Old Testament (Fall 2013)

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