Peter Sabo, PhD, MA, BA

Belzberg Lecturer of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept


Belzberg Lecturer of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept



I specialize in literary study of the Hebrew Bible, applying insights from contemporary and critical theory. Another area of my research is reception history of the Bible, including its influence on contemporary culture, politics, and identity. Both of these areas of research tie into my interest in method and theory in the study of religion and Judaism, which I approach from social, psychonanalytical, and poetic perspectives. 



2020 Co-editor with Rhiannon Graybill. Who Knows What We'd Make of It, If We Ever Got our Hands on It?": The Bible and Margaret Atwood (Piscataway: Gorgias Press). 

2018 Co-editor with Andrew Gow. Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: Poetry, prophecy, and justice in Hebrew Scripture: Essays in honour of Francis Landy on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Boston: Brill. 

Refereed Journal Articles

2021   “Exploring the Human and Animal Relationship in the Hebrew Bible Through the Blood Prohibition.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Forthcoming.

2021   “Testifying Bodies: The Bible and Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Forthcoming.

2020   “The Monstrous-Feminine, The Abject, and the Book of Lamentations,” The Bible and Critical Theory. Forthcoming

2020   “Moabite Women, Transjordanian Women, and Incest and Exogamy: The Gendered Dimensions of Boundaries in the Hebrew Bible.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. 45.1: 93-110. 

2018 “Food for Thought: The Question of the Animal and Gil Anidjar’s Blood.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Special Advance Issue. June. 1-17.  

2018 “Caves of the Hebrew Bible: A Speleology.” Biblical Interpretation. 26.1: 1-22.

2016 “Of Squawking Seagulls and the Mutable Divine in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s A Time for Everything (With Reference to My Struggle).” The Bible and Critical Theory. 12.1: 109-116.

Book Chapters

2020 "'You Should Not Take Baths Outside in the Garden': Alias Grace, The Male Gaze, and Susanna and the Elders," in Who Knows What We'd Ever Make of It, If We Ever Got our Hands on It?": The Bible and Margaret Atwood. Edited by Peter J. Sabo and Rhiannon Graybill. Piscataway: Gorgias Press. 

2018 “The Bible and Literature (in Secret),” in Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: Poetry, prophecy, and justice in Hebrew Scripture: Essays in honour of Francis Landy on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Edited by Peter Sabo and Andrew Gow. Boston: Brill.

2015 “Surpassing (the Love of) Women: Homosociality, Homosexuality, and the ‘Sacrifice’ of Women in the Bible and Borges,” in Borges and the Bible. Edited by Jay Twomey and Richard Walsh. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

2015 “Poetry Amid Ruins,” in Poets, Prophets, and Texts in Play: Studies in Biblical Poetry and Prophecy in Honour of Francis Landy. Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi, Claudia V. Camp, David M. Gunn, and Aaron Hughes. New York: T & T Clark.

2015 “Blurred Boundaries in the Lot Story,” in History, Memory, Hebrew Scriptures. Edited by Ian D. Wilson and Diana Edelman. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

2014 “Drawing out Moses: Water as a Personal Motif of the Biblical Character,” in Thinking of Water in the Early Second Temple Period. Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi and Christoph Levine. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentlische Wissenschaft. Berlin: de Gruyter.

2013 “Seeking Saul in Chronicles,” in Chronicling the Chronicler: The Book of Chronicles in Early Second Temple Historiography. Edited by Paul S. Evans and Tyler F. Williams. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. 


Hebrew Bible; Method and Theory in Religion; Judaism; World Religions; Literature

Core Courses:

Introduction to Hebrew Bible (Religion 202)

Introduction to Judaism (Religion 205)

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Hebrew 210/211)

Ancient Near Eastern and Israelite Religion and Myth (Religion 309/Classics 399)

Approaches to Religion (Religion 375)

Second Temple Period: Cyrus to Jesus (Religion 308)

Literary Theory and Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Religion 404)

*Topics in Jewish Studies (RELIG XXX, to be added in 2021/2022)

Other Courses Taught:

The Bible as/and Literature (Religion 397)

Contemporary Theories of Religion (Religion 475)

Approaches to the Study of Religion (Religion 375)

Classic Theories of Religion (Religion 200)

Introduction to Western Religious Traditions (Religion 102)

Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions (Religion 103)

New Courses Scheduled to Teach

Antisemitism (Religion 397) (Winter 2021)


HEBR 210 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew for reading and translation purposes. Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Biblical Hebrew. Note: not open to students with credit in HEBR 201.

Fall Term 2021
HEBR 211 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

A continuation of HEBR 210. Prerequisite: HEBR 210 or consent of Instructor.

Winter Term 2022
RELIG 202 - Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

An introduction to the critical study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

Fall Term 2021
RELIG 205 - Introduction to Judaism

An introduction to the varied world of Judaism: its ways of life, beliefs, history and thought.

Winter Term 2022
RELIG 309 - Ancient Near Eastern and Israelite Religion and Mythology

Near Eastern texts from the Gilgamesh Epic and Enuma Elish to the Book of Genesis and beyond.

Winter Term 2022
RELIG 375 - Approaches to the Study of Religion

Theories and disciplinary approaches in the study of religion, religions, and religious practices. Required for Honors, Majors, and Minors. Prerequisite: *3 in 200-level RELIG or consent of Program. Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Preference given to RELIG Honors, Majors, and Minors. Students cannot receive credit for both RELIG 475 and 375.

Fall Term 2021
RELIG 575 - Contemporary Theories of Religion

Fall Term 2021

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