Michael Swartz

Michael Swartz

Michael Swartz

Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures



321 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Columbus, OH

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Dr. Swartz specializes in the cultural history of Judaism in late antiquity, rabbinic studies, early Jewish mysticism and magic, and ritual studies. He is the author of The Signifying Creator: Nontextual Sources of Meaning in Ancient Judaism (New York University Press, 2012); Scholastic Magic: Ritual and Revelation in Early Jewish Mysticism (Princeton University Press, 1996) and Mystical Prayer in Ancient Judaism: An Analysis of Ma'aseh Merkavah (Mohr/Siebeck, 1992); and co-author, with Joseph Yahalom, of Avodah: Ancient Poems for Yom Kippur (Penn State University Press, 2005) and Hebrew and Aramaic Incantation Texts from the Cairo Genizah: Selected Texts from Taylor-Schechter Box K1 (Sheffield University Press, 1992), with Lawrence H. Schiffman. He also served as the Associate Editor for Judaica for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan, 2005).Dr. Swartz is currently working on a history of ideas of sacrifice in post-biblical Judaism.


  • Cultural history of Judaism in late antiquity
  • Rabbinic studies
  • Ritual studies
  • Early Jewish mysticism and magic