Joel Baden

Professor of Divinity and of Religious Studies and Religious Studies

Joel Baden is Professor of Hebrew Bible. His areas of research are the Pentateuch, Biblical Hebrew, and healthcare and disability in the ancient world. He is the author of the books J, E, and the Redaction of the Pentateuch (Mohr Siebeck, 2009); The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis(Yale University Press, 2012); The Promise to the Patriarchs (Oxford University Press, 2013);The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero (HarperOne, 2013); and the co-editor of the volume The Strata of the Priestly Writings: Contemporary Debate and Future Directions(TVZ, 2009). Prof. Baden has published numerous articles and essays on individual pentateuchal texts, critical methodology, and Biblical Hebrew in The Journal of Biblical LiteratureVetus TestamentumCatholic Biblical QuarterlyZeitschrift für die alttestamentliche WissenschaftBiblica, and Hebrew Studies, as well as in various edited volumes.   Future projects include commentaries on Deuteronomy (IECOT) and Exodus (Anchor).

Select Publications

Reconceiving Infertility: Biblical Perspectives on Procreation and Childlessness. Princeton University Press, 2015. With Candida R. Moss.

The Real David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero. HarperOne, 2013. 

The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis. Yale University Press, 2012.

J, E, and the Redaction of the Pentateuch (Forschungen Zum Alten Testament). Mohr Siebeck, 2009.

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