Biblical studies, folklore
A graduate of Berkeley’s Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies, Rachel Havrelock is currently an associate professor of Jewish Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her academic specialty is the Hebrew Bible and the history of its interpretation. Her recent book from the University of Chicago Press, River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line, argues for five coexistent national myths in the Hebrew Bible and examines which of these myths have had political currency and which have been repressed. In a previous book, Women on the Biblical Road (University Press of America, 1996), Havrelock introduced the idea of the female hero’s journey based on evidence from the Hebrew Bible. Rachel is the writer and director of the hip-hop play From Tel Aviv to Ramallah about the daily lives of young people in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She co-hosted Who Was Jesus, the Discovery Channel’s series on the historical Jesus.
“Outside the Lines: The Status of Women in Priestly Nationalism,” in Embroidered Garments: Priests and Gender in Biblical Israel. Hebrew Bible Monographs 25. Deborah W. Rooke (Ed.) Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009, pp. 89-101.
“Pioneers and Refugees: Arabs and Jews in the Jordan River Valley,” in Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion. I. William Zartman (Ed.), Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2009.
“Book of Genesis,” in The Oxford Handbook to the Reception History of the Bible. Michael Lieb, Emma Mason & Jonathan Roberts (Eds.) New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
“Book of Joshua,” “Book of Judges,” “Book of Samuel,” “Twelve Tribes,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion and Culture. Judith Baskin (Ed.) Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
Women on the Biblical Road
The Two Maps of Israel's Land
Havrelock, Rachel, "The Two Maps of Israel's Land," Journal of Biblical Literature 126:4 (2007): 649-667.DOWNLOAD
My Home Is Over Jordan
Havrelock, Rachel, (2007) 'My Home is Over Jordan: River as Border in Israeli and Palestinian National Mythology', National Identities, 9:2, 105-126.DOWNLOAD
Are There Witches in the Jewish Bible?
“Are There Witches in the Bible?” Guilt and Pleasure Magazine, Summer 2006, 144-147. DOWNLOAD
The Journey Within
Havrelock, Rachel. Parashat Vayetze. The Women's Torah Commentary (Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea Weiss, Eds.) New York: Union of Reform Judaism Press, 2007. DOWNLOAD