Professor of Bible
In 1997, Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., joined the RRC faculty as an assistant professor in the department of Biblical Civilization. From 2004-13, she served as the vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. During her tenure, Kamionkowski put greater focus on rabbinic identity and character-building as an essential component of rabbinical school. Under her leadership, the RRC faculty launched a dramatic curricular review, “Re-Imagining Rabbinic Education,” which explored what kind of Jewish spiritual leadership can best serve the Jewish people in the context of a quickly changing world.
Kamionkowski has taught a range of courses, including Psalms, Biblical Texts Through the Lens of Trauma Studies, Biblical Creation Theology, Introduction to Biblical Texts, and Biblical Hebrew. Among her many professional interests, being in the classroom with RRC students is what most nourishes her soul.
Kamionkowski is the author of Leviticus: A Wisdom Commentary (Liturgical Press, 2017), the co-editor of Bodies, Embodiment and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures (T&T Clark, 2010) and the author of Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: Studies in the Book of Ezekiel (Sheffield Academic Press, 2003) in addition to academic articles and essays on biblical literature, gender sensitive readings of biblical texts, and the intersection between scholarship and social justice.
Tamar holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University. She has held research appointments at Brandeis University, Bar Ilan University and Tel Aviv University.
Tamar currently serves as the co-chair (with Tamara Eskenazi) of the Jewish Interpretation of the Bible section for the Society of Biblical Literature. She also is a member of the Association for Jewish Studies and the American Academy of Religion. She is a two-time winner of RRC’s Yaakov Gladstone Award for Fine Teaching (2000, 2006).