Daniel J. Lasker


Research Articles:


1.     “Averroistic Trends in Jewish-Christian Polemics in the Late Middle Ages,” Speculum, 55:2 (1980): 294-304.

2.    “Joseph Albo's Theory of Verification,” Daat, 5 (Summer, 1980): 5-12 (Hebrew).

3.    “Rabbinism and Karaism: The Contest for Supremacy,” in R.Jospe and S.M. Wagner, Great Schisms in Jewish History, New York, 1981, pp.47-72.

4.    “The Jewish Philosophical Critique of Transubstantiation,” in J. Reinharz and D. Swetchinski, eds., Mystics, Philosophers, and Politicians: Essays in Jewish Intellectual History in Honor of Alexander Altmann, Durham, N.C., Duke University Press, 1982, pp. 99-118.

5.    “Gersonides on Astrology, Divination, and Dreams,” in Proceedings, Eighth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Division C , World Union of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 1982, pp. 47-52.

6.    “Maimonides' Influence on the Philosophy of Elijah Bashyazi the Karaite,” Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, 3:3 (l983-84): 405-425 (Hebrew).

7.    (With Arnold A. Lasker), “The Jewish Prayer for Rain in Babylonia,” Journal for the Study of Judaism, 15 (1984): 124-144.

8.    “The Destiny of Man in Karaite Philosophy,” Daat, 12 (Winter, 1984): 5-13 (Hebrew).

9.    “Transubstantiation, Elijah's Chair, Plato, and the Jewish-Christian Debate,”Revue des Etudes Juives, 143:1-2 (January-June, l984): 31-58.

10.   “Jewish Responses to Science and Technology,” in Lehigh University Technology Studies Resource Center, Working Paper Series, 1 (August, 1984): 65-90.

11.   (With Arnold A. Lasker), “The Jewish Prayer for Rain in the Post-Talmudic Diaspora,” in AJSReview , 9:2 (Fall, l984): 141-174.

12.   “Nature and Science According to Aaron ben Elijah, the Karaite,” Daat, 17 (Summer, 1986): 33-42 (Hebrew).

13.   “Original Sin and its Atonement According to Hasdai Crescas,” Daat, 20 (Winter, 1988): 127-135 (Hebrew).

14.   “Kabbalah, Halakhah, and Modern Medicine: The Case of Artificial Insemination,” Modern Judaism, 8:1 (February, 1988): 1-14.

15.   “The Philosophy of Judah Hadassi the Karaite,” Shlomo Pines Jubilee Volume, Vol. 1 (Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, 7 [1988]): 477-492 (Hebrew).

16.   “Definitions of 'One' and Divine Unity,” in S.O. Heller-Wilenski and M. Idel, eds.,Studies in Jewish Thought, Jerusalem, 1989, pp. 51-61 (Hebrew).

17.   “Islamic Influences on Karaite Origins,” in William M. Brinner and Stephen D. Ricks, eds., Studies in Islamic and Judaic Traditions II, Atlanta, Georgia, 1989, pp. 23-47.

18.   “Judah Halevi and Karaism,” in Jacob Neusner, Ernest S. Frerichs, and Nahum Sarna, eds., From Ancient Israel to Modern Judaism: Intellect in Quest of Understanding: Essays in Honor of Marvin Fox, Atlanta, Georgia, 1989, vol. 3, pp. 111-125.

19.   Maimonides' Influence on Karaite Theories of Prophecy and Law,” Maimonidean Studies, 1 (1990): 99-115.

20.   “Proselyte Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Thought of Judah Halevi,” Jewish Quarterly Review, 81:1-2 (July-October, 1990): 75-91.

21.   (With Arnold A. Lasker), “642 Parts - More Concerning the Saadia-Ben Meir Controversy,” Tarbiz, 60:1 (Oct.-Dec., 1990): 119-128 (Hebrew).

22.   “The Influence of Karaism on Maimonides,” Sefunot, 20 (n.s. 5) (1991): 145-161  (Hebrew).

23.   “The Jewish Critique of Christianity Under Islam in the Middle Ages,” Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research, 57 (1991): 121-153.

24.   Qissat Mujadalat al-Usquf and Nestor Ha-Komer : The Earliest Arabic and Hebrew Jewish Anti-Christian Polemics,” in Joshua Blau and Stefan C. Reif, eds., Geniza Research After Ninety Years: The Case of Judaeo-Arabic, Cambridge, 1992, pp. 112-118.

25.   “Karaism in Twelfth-Century Spain,” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 1 (1992): 179-195.

26.   “Aaron ben Joseph and the Transformation of Karaite Thought,” in Ruth Link-Salinger, ed., Torah and Wisdom. Studies in Jewish Philosophy, Halakhah, and Kabbalah. Essays in Honor of Arthur Hyman, New York, 1992, pp. 121-128.

27.   “Jewish-Christian Polemics in Light of the Expulsion from Spain,” Judaism, No. 162 (41:2; Spring, 1992): 148-155.

28.   “Karaism and the Jewish-Christian Debate,” in Barry Walfish, ed., The Frank Talmage Memorial Volume, vol. 1, Haifa, 1993, pp. 323-332.

29.   “Judeo-Christian Polemics and Their Origins in Muslim Countries,” Pe'amim, 57 (1993): 4-16 (Hebrew).

30.   (With Arnold A. Lasker), “More Concerning 642 Parts,” Sinai, 57:113 (Tishrei-Heshvan, 5754/1993): 90-93 (Hebrew).

31.   “Against Whom Did Rav Saadia Gaon Polemicize in his Discussion Concerning Abrogation of the Torah?” Daat , 32-33 (1994): 5-11 (Hebrew).

32.   “Anti-Christian Polemics in Eighteenth-Century Italy,” in Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies, Division B, Vol. 1, Jerusalem, 1994, pp. 185-192 (Hebrew).

33.   “Saadya Gaon on Christianity and Islam,” in Daniel Frank, ed., The Jews of Medieval Islam: Community, Society, and Identity, Leiden, 1995, pp. 165-177.

34.   “Jewish-Christian Polemics at the Turning Point: Jewish Evidence from the Twelfth Century,” Harvard Theological Review, 89:2 (1996): 161-173.

35.   “Jewish Philosophical Polemics in Ashkenaz,” in O. Limor and G. Stroumsa, eds., Contra Iudaeos: Ancient and Medieval Polemics Between Jews and Christians, Tübingen, 1996, pp. 195-213.

36.   “‘Sefer Herev Pifiyyot’ of Saul ben Joseph Merari (?). An Italian Jewish Anti-Christian Polemic of the Eighteenth Century,” Italia, 12 (1996): 7-35 (Hebrew section).

37.   “Chasdai Crescas,” in Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman, eds., History of Jewish Philosophy (Routledge History of World Philosophies, vol. 2), London and New York, 1997, pp. 399-414.

38.   “The Obligation of the ‘Parapet’ and Moral Responsibility,” in Charles H. Manekin, ed., Menachem M. Kellner, assoc. ed., Human Freedom and Moral Responsibility. General and Jewish Perspectives, Bethesda, Maryland, 1997, pp.153-164.

39.   “Jewish Polemics Against Christianity in Thirteenth-Century Italy,” in Yaakov Elman andJeffrey S. Gurock, eds., Hazon Nahum. Studies in Jewish Law, Thought and History. Presented to Norman Lamm on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday, New York, 1997, pp. 251-263.

40.   “The Impact of Christianity on Late Iberian Jewish Philosophy,” in Bernard Dov Cooperman, ed., In Iberia and Beyond: Hispanic Jews between Cultures, Newark, Del. and London, 1998, pp. 175-190.

41.   “The Prophecy of Abraham in Karaite Thought,” in Aviezer Ravitzky, ed., Joseph Barukh Sermoneta Memorial Volume (Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, 14  [1998]): 103-112 (Hebrew).

42.   Polémica judeo-christiana en Al-Andalus,” in Carlos del Valle Rodríguez, ed., La Controversia judeochristiana en España (Desde los orígenes hasta el siglo XIII). Homenaje a Domingo Muñoz León, Madrid, 1998, pp. 161-179.

43.   “Teaching Christianity to Jews: The Case of Medieval Jewish Anti-Christian Polemics,” in Haim Marantz, ed., Judaism and Education. Essays in Honor of Walter I. Ackerman, Beer Sheva, 1998, pp. 73-86.

44.   “Major Themes of the Jewish-Christian Debate: God, Humanity, Messiah,” in Dean Phillip Bell, ed., The Solomon Goldman Lectures, Vol. 7, Chicago, 1999, pp. 107-130.

45.   “Popular Polemics and Philosophical Truth in the Medieval Jewish Critique of Christianity,” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 8:2 (1999): 243-259.

46.   “Maimonides’ Influence on Israeli Politics,”Tarbut Demoqeratit (Democratic Culture), 2  (1999): 101-112 (Hebrew).

47.   “The Impact of the Crusades on the Jewish-Christian Debate,” Jewish History, 13:2  (Fall, 1999): 23-36.

48.   “Karaism and Jewish Studies,” Shlomo Dov Goitein Memorial Lecture, Tel-Aviv, 2000 (Hebrew).

49.   “Arabic Philosophical Terms in Judah Halevi’s Kuzari,” in Joshua Blau and David Doron, eds., Heritage and Innovation in Medieval Judaeo-Arabic Culture. Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies, Ramat Gan, 2000, pp. 161-166 (Hebrew).

50.   “Breve historia de la literatura polémica judía anticristiana,” Reseña Bíblica, 26 (Spring, 2000): 45-48.

51.   “The Jewish-Christian Debate in Transition: From the Lands of Ishmael to the Lands of Edom,” in Benjamin Hary, et al., eds.,Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Interaction, and Communication, Leiden, 2000, pp. 53-65.

52.   “Jerusalem in Later Karaite Thought,” in Ezra Fleischer, et. al., eds., Me'ah She`arim. Studies in Medieval Jewish Spiritual Life in Memory of Isadore Twersky, Jerusalem, 2001, pp. 341-348 (Hebrew).

53.   “Karaite Attitudes Towards Religion and Science,” in Gad Freudenthal, Jean-Pierre Rothschild and Gilbert Dahan, eds., Torah et Science: Perspectives historiques et théoriques. Études offertes á Charles Touati (Collection de la Revue des Études juives), Paris/Louvain, 2001, pp. 119-130.

54.   “The Karaite as Jewish 'Other,'” Pe'amim, 89 (Autumn, 2001): 97-106 (Hebrew).

55.   “The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Historiography and Self-Image of Contemporary Karaites,” Dead Sea Discoveries, 9:3 (2002): 281-294.

56.   “Christianity, Philosophy and Polemic in Jewish Provence,” Zion 68:3 (2003):313-333 (Hebrew).

57.   “The Canon of Medieval Jewish Philosophy,” Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 6:2/3  (December, 2003): 317-328.

58.   “Byzantine Karaite Thought, 12th-16th Centuries,” in Meira Polliack, ed., Karaite Judaism. A Guide to its History and Literary Sources, Leiden/Boston, 2003, pp. 505-528.

59.   “Simhah Isaac Lutski, an Eighteenth-Century Karaite Kabbalist,” in Zeev Gries, et al., eds., Shefa Tal. Studies in Jewish Thought and Culture, Presented to Bracha Sack, Beer Sheva, 2004, pp. 171-189 (Hebrew).

60.   “The Theory of Compensation (cIwad) in Rabbanite and Karaite Thought: Animal Sacrifices, Ritual Slaughter and Circumcision,” Jewish Studies Quarterly, 11:1/2 (2004): 59-72.

61.   “Karaite Leadership in Times of Crisis,” in Jack Wertheimer, ed., Jewish Religious Leadership: Image and Reality, New York, 2004, vol. 1, pp. 211-236.

62.   “Models of Spirituality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy,” in Adam Mintz and Lawrence H. Schiffman, eds., Jewish Spirituality and Divine Law, Jersey City, 2005, pp. 163-185.

63.   “The Date of Death of Jesus - Further Reflections,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 124:1 (Jan.-March, 2004): 95-99.

64.   “Stem Cell Research and Therapy: Jewish Views,” in Wolfgang Bender, et al., eds., Crossing Borders. Cultural, Religious and Political Differences Concerning Stem Cell Research. A Global Approach, Münster, 2005, pp. 173-183

65.   (With Golda Akhiezer), “An Eighteenth-Century Karaite Educational Catechism,” in Dor Ledor. Studies in the History of Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora, 27 (2006): 7-38 (Hebrew).

66.   “Judah Halevi on Eschatology and Messianism,” in Benjamin H. Hary and Haggai Ben-Shammai, eds., Esoteric and Exoteric Aspects in Judeo-Arabic Culture, Leiden, 2006, pp. 85-106.

67.   “Love of God and Knowledge of God in Maimonides' Philosophy,” in J. Hamesse and O. Weijers, eds., Écriture et réecriture des textes philosophiques médiévaux. Volume d’hommage à Colette Sirat, Turnhout, 2006, pp. 329-345 (Hebrew version to appear in Ben ‘Ever La-‘Arav, 5).

68.   Imagination and Intellect in the Medieval Jewish Philosophical Polemics against Christianity," in M.C. Pacheco and J.F. Meirinhos, eds., Intellect et imagination dans la Philosophie Médiévale. Actes du XIe Congrès International de Philosophie Médiévale de la Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (S.I.E.P.M.), Porto, du 26 au 31 août 2002, Turnhout, 2006, vol. 1, pp. 615-624.

69.   “Karaism and Christian Hebraism: A New Document,” Renaissance Quarterly, 59:4, (Winter, 2006): 1089-1116.

70.   “Jewish Anti-Christian Polemics in the Early Modern Period: Change or Continuity?” in Chanita Goodblatt and Howard Kreisel, eds., Tradition, Heterodoxy and Religious Culture: Judaism and Christianity in the Early Modern Period, Beer Sheva, 2006, pp. 469-488.

71.   “Barukh Spinoza and the Jewish-Christian Debate,” in Haviva Pedaya and Ephraim Meir, eds., Judaism, Topics, Fragments, Faces, Identities. Jubilee Volume in Honor of Rivka, Beer Sheva, 2007, pp. 377-391 (Hebrew).

72.   “Rabbi Judah Halevi as a Biblical Exegete in the Kuzari,” in Meir M. Bar-Asher, et al., A Word Fitly Spoken. Studies in Mediaeval Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an presented to Haggai Ben-Shammai, Jerusalem, 2007, pp. 179-192 (Hebrew).

73.   “Maimonides and the Karaites: From Critic to Cultural Hero,” in Carlos del Valle Rodriguez, et al., eds., Maímónides y su época, Madrid, 2007, pp. 311-325.

74.   “Tradition and Innovation in Maimonides’ Attitude toward Other Religions,” in Jay M. Harris, ed., Maimonides after 800 Years: Essays on Maimonides and His Influence, Cambridge, Mass./London, 2007, pp. 167-182 (Hebrew version in Aviezer Ravitzky, ed., Maimonides. Conservatism, Originality, Revolution, Jerusalem, 2008, vol. 1, pp. 79-94).

75.   “Can a Jewish Philosopher Love God?” in Leonard J. Greenspoon, Ronald A. Simkins, and Jean Cahan, eds., Studies in Jewish Civilization 18: Love—Ideal and Real—in the Jewish Tradition, Omaha/Lincoln, Nebraska, 2008, pp. 21-34.

76.   “Love of God and Sanctification of the Name according to Rabbi Judah Halevi and Maimonides” in Uri Ehrlich, Haim Kreisel and Daniel J. Lasker, eds., By the Well: Studies in Jewish Philosophy and Halakhic Thought Presented to Gerald J. Blidstein, Beer Sheva, 2008, pp. 293-302 (Hebrew).

77.   “Sub-Prophetic Inspiration in Judaeo-Arabic Philosophy,” Daniel J. Lasker and Haggai Ben-Shammai, eds., Alei Asor: Proceedings of the Tenth Conference of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies, Beer Sheva, 2008, pp. 131-149 (Hebrew).

78.   “Karaite Languages and Karaite History,” Studia Hebraica, 8 (2008): 31-41.

79.   From Victim to Murderer: The Jewish-Christian Encounter in the Middle Ages – Historiography in the Wake of the Establishment of a Jewish State,” Remembering and Forgetting. Israeli Historians Look at the Jewish Past (= Zion, 74), 2008, pp. 95-108 (Hebrew).

80.    “Karaite Rabbis: An Alternate Jewish Leadership,” Haim Kreisel, et al., eds., Spiritual Authority. Struggles over Cultural Power in Jewish Thought, Beer Sheva, 2010, pp. 183-192.

81.   “Eastern European Karaite Attitudes towards Modern Science,” Aleph, 10:1 (2010): 119-136.

82.   “The Longevity of the Ancients – Faith and Reason in Medieval Jewish Thought,” in Aryeh Edrei and Vered Noam, eds., Diné Israel 26-27, 2009-2010 (Mordecai Friedman Jubilee Volume), Tel Aviv, 2010, pp. 49-65.

83.   “Rashi and Maimonides on Christianity,”  in Ephraim Kanarfogel and Moshe Sokolow, eds., Between Rashi and Maimonides: Themes in Medieval Jewish Thought, Literature and Exegesis, New York, 2010, pp. 3-21.

84. “Reflections of the Medieval Jewish-Christian Debate in the Theological-Political Treatise and the Epistles,” in Yitzhak Y. Melamed and Michael A. Rosenthal, eds., Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, Cambridge, 2010, pp. 56-71.

85. “Karaism: An Alternate Form of Jewish Celebration,” in Leonard Greenspoon, ed., Rites of Passage: How Today¹s Jews Celebrate, Commemorate, and Commiserate (Studies in Jewish Civilization 21), West Lafayette, In., 2010.

86. “The Life and Works of Simhah Isaac Lutski - A Preliminary Intellectual Profile of an Eighteenth-Century Volhynian Karaite,” in Dan D.Y. Shapira and Daniel J. Lasker, eds., Eastern European Karaites in the Last Generations, Jerusalem, 2011, pp. [36]-[56].

87. (With Golda Akhiezer), “Solomon ben Aaron of Troki and his Anti-Christian Treatise ‘Migdal ‘Oz,’” ibid., pp. 97-129 (Hebrew).

88. “The Jewish Critique of Christianity – In Search of a New Narrative,” Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 6 (2011): Lasker 1-9.

89. “Medieval Karaism and Science,” in Gad Freudenthal, ed., Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures, Cambridge, 2011, pp. 427-437.

90. “Moritz Steinschneider and Karaite Studies,” in Reimund Leicht and Gad Freudenthal, eds., Studies on Steinschneider. Moritz Steinschneider and the Emergence the Science of Judaism in Nineteenth-Century Germany, Leiden/Boston, 2012, pp. 351-361.

91. “Karaism and Christianity: An Evolving Relationship,” in Elisheva Carlebach and Jacob J. Schacter, eds., New Perspectives on Jewish-Christian Relations. In Honor of David Berger, Leiden/Boston, 2012, pp. 477-487.

92. “The Impact of Interreligious Polemic on Medieval Philosophy,” in David M. Freidenreich and Miriam Goldstein, eds., Beyond Religious Borders: Interaction and Intellectual Exchange in the Medieval Islamic World, Philadelphia, 2012, pp. 115-123; 200-203.

93. “Jewish Knowledge of Christianity in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries,” in David Engel, Lawrence Schiffman and Elliot Wolfson, eds., Studies in Medieval Jewish Intellectual and Social History: Festschrift in Honor of Robert Chazan, Leiden/Boston, 2012, pp. 97-109.

94. “Adam and Eve or Adam and Noah? Judaeo-Arabic and Hebrew Versions of the Same Books,” in Joel L. Kraemer and Michael G. Wechsler, eds., Pesher Nahum: Texts and Studies in Jewish History and Literature from Antiquity through the Middle Ages Presented to Norman (Nahum) Golb, Chicago, 2012, pp. 141-148.

95. “Judah Halevi as a Philosopher – Some Preliminary Comments,” in Amir Ashur, ed., Judeo-Arabic Culture in al-Andalus, Cordoba, 2013, pp. 99-109.

96. “Christian Concepts in Hebrew – The Trinity as an Example,” Leshonenu 75:2-3 (2013): 239-250 (Hebrew). English version: http://www.peshat.org/uploads/media_items/christian-concepts-article-eng.original.pdf.

97. “Jewish Biblical Interpretation in the Middle Ages,” in Jerry Pattengale, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and Filip Vukosavović, eds., The Book of Books. Biblical Canon, Dissemination and Its People, Jerusalem, 2013, pp. 74-79.

98. “Latin into Hebrew and the Medieval Jewish-Christian Debate,” in Resianne Fontaine and Gad Freudenthal, eds., Latin-into-Hebrew: Texts and Studies. Vol 1: Studies, Leiden/Boston, 2013, pp. 333-347.

99. “The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought,” in Yehuda Gradus and Isaac Nevo, eds., Science and Scholarship in the Negev. The Story of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, vol. 1, Beer Sheva, 2014, pp. 363-377 (Hebrew).

100. “The Importance of Manuscripts for the Study of Early Modern Eastern European Karaism,” in Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Nicholas de Lange, eds., Manuscrits hébreux et arabes. Mélanges en l'honneur de Colette Sirat (Bibliologia 38), Turnhout, 2014.

101. “The Use of Reason in Rabbanite and Karaite Legal Exegesis of the Bible” to appear in Maria Angeles Gallego, ed., Reason and Faith in Medieval Judaism and Islam.

102. “R. Hasdai Crescas’ Polemical Activity in Light of the Medieval Jewish-Christian Debate,” to appear in Esty Eisenmann and Zev Harvey, eds., R. Hasdai Crescas – Philosopher and Leader (Hebrew).

103. “Joseph ben Nathan’s Sefer Yosef Ha-Mekanné and the Medieval Jewish Critique of Christianity,” to appear in Judah D. Galinsky and Elisheva Baumgarten, eds., Jews and Christians in Thirteenth Century France.

104. “Jewish Anti-Christian Polemics in the Medieval Christian World,” to appear in Robert Chazan and Marina Rustow, eds., Cambridge History of Judaism.

105. “Jewish Spiritual and Intellectual History in the Medieval Christian World – Overview and Sources,” to appear in ibid.

106. “Saadia’s Familiarity with Christianity,” to appear in Proceedings, Seventh Conference of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies.



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