Dr. Tzvi Novick


  • What is Jewish Theology?


  • PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • MA, Yeshiva University, New York, NY
  • BA, Yale University, New Haven, CT


Dr. Tzvi Novick is the Abrams Jewish Thought and Culture Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

After a very brief but instructive legal career, and an MA in Hebrew Bible from Yeshiva University, he enrolled in the PhD program in Religious Studies at Yale, from which he graduated in 2008 with a focus on early rabbinic Judaism (circa 2nd to 6th century). He has taught at Notre Dame ever since, on subjects ranging from the Bible to modern Judaism and post-Holocaust literature and theology.

His research focuses on law and ethics in rabbinic Judaism. He has also written on topics in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, and on Jewish liturgical poetry (piyyut) from late antiquity.


  • Piyyut and Midrash: Form, Genre, and History (Vandenhoek & Ruprecht)
  • An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel: History and Theology (Eerdmans)
  • What is Good and What God Demands: Normative Structures in Tannaitic Literature (Brill)