Harry Fox

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 313, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Judaism of Late Antiquity (notions of time and space)
  • Talmudic Philology, Mishnaic Hebrew
  • Jewish Enviromentalism
  • Talmudic, Gaonic and Rabbinic literature (philology and commentary)
  • Modern Hebrew Literature (Agnon, Bialik and Amichai)


My areas of research include rabbinic biographies, honorifics, ritual fringes, and early Jewish family rabbinic law, Modern Hebrew Literature, peace studies and aesthetics. I believe in the unity of knowledge which results in seeking answers to our research questions both in well-known texts and entirely different fields. My goal is to generate hypotheses, create models with predictive values and therefore testability. These models are applied to rabbinic, literary, and philosophical texts in order to understand the underlying unity in world cultures. I engage in classical problems of philology including word studies such as when, where and who the authors of anonymously presented literature are. In the Deaprtment of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations my courses require knowledge of Hebrew. In the Department for the Study of Religion my courses are in translation.


PhD, Hebrew University, Jerusalem