Chair, Department of Biblical Civilization; Associate Professor of Bible
From 2004-13, Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., served as the vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. During her tenure she put greater focus on rabbinic identity and character building as an essential component of rabbinical school. She also fostered a community of learning in which faculty members study with one another and share pedagogies to ensure excellence in the classroom. Tamar is committed to creating learning laboratories that foster both intellectual honesty and spiritual connection through text study. 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.
In 1997 Tamar joined the RRC faculty as an instructor in the department of Biblical Civilization. She has taught a range of courses, including Psalms, Biblical Civilization Seminar, Prophetic Literature and Biblical Hebrew. Among her many interests, being in the classroom with RRC students most nourishes her soul. Her students truly have been her greatest teachers.
Tamar is 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). She has written numerous articles on biblical literature, feminist readings of biblical texts, and the intersection between scholarship and social justice. Her research interests include Jewish biblical theology, prophetic literature, Ancient Near Eastern mythology and gender studies.
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 serves on the steering committees for the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Theology of the Book of Ezekiel sections of the Society for 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) and has served on the editorial board of the Jewish Publication Society.