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Rachel Havrelock

Rachel Havrelock

Rachel Havrelock is a graduate of the Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies of University of California, Berkeley in partnership with the Graduate Theological Union. She is currently an associate professor of Jewish Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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 , Dr. Havrelock introduced the idea of the female hero’s journey based on evidence from the Hebrew Bible.

She 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, and she co-hosted Who Was Jesus, the Discovery Channel’s series on the historical Jesus.


Contact

Jewish Studies
rhavrelock [at] spertus.edu
Education

PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz 

Publications

River Jordan:
    The Mythology of a Dividing Line
Women on the Biblical Road

Research interests

Hebrew Bible and the history of its interpretation

Courses

The Book of Ruth and Heroism in the Bible