Professor Yadin-Israel has a B.A. from the Hebrew University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union. A Professor of Jewish Studies and Classics at Rutgers, he teaches courses on rabbinic literature, classical Jewish philosophy, the history of Jewish mysticism, and Plato. 

Previous books include Scripture as Logos: Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash and Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash (both from the University of Pennsylvania Press), and Intuitive Vocabulary: German, the first of a planned series of volumes that uses cognates to facilitate the study of foreign vocabulary. His articles cover a wide range of topics: the relationship between Homer and the Hebrew Bible, the secularization of biblical and rabbinic terms in modern Hebrew, the role of tradition among the Apostolic Fathers, and variety of studies on biblical and rabbinic literature. His articles are available at