Having discussed gentiles and libations previously on The Jewish Drinking Show, I was fascinated to have come across Professor Sacha Stern’s “Compulsive Libationers: Non-Jews and Wine in Early Rabbinic Sources”, Journal of Jewish Studies 64.1 (2013): 19-44. As such, I am very excited to welcome him to the show’s 135th episode to share his research.
Biography of Guest
Prof. Stern, FBA, is Professor of Rabbinic Judaism at University College London (UCL), where he was Head of Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies from 2012 to 2022. He holds a BA in Ancient History from Oxford (1986), an MA in Social Anthropology from UCL (1988), and a D.Phil in Jewish Studies from Oxford (1992). He specializes in late antique and early medieval Jewish history, rabbinic literature, and the history of calendars, time reckoning, and astronomy. He has been Principal Investigator of several major research projects funded by the AHRC, the ERC, and several other foundations, and a research group organizer at the IIAS. He is the editor of the Journal of Jewish Studies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.