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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Ruth Langer

theology department

Ruth Langer

Professor, Theology Department

Associate Director Center for Christian Jewish Learning

Stokes N411
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-8492
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati
MAHL, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati
A.B., Bryn Mawr College

Research Interests

Jewish liturgy, Christian-Jewish relations


Religious Quest I
Religious Quest II
Turning Points in Jewish History
Four Biblical Books in Comparative Perspective
Jewish Liturgy: Its History and Theology
Jews and Christians: Understanding the Other
From Diatribe to Dialogue: Studies in the Jewish-Christian Encounter
Passover in Midrash and Talmud
Israel in Jewish Theologies

Selected Publications

Jewish Liturgy: A Guide to Research (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinim (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue: Studies in the History of Jewish Prayer, ed. Ruth Langer and Steven Fine (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2005).

To Worship God Properly: Tensions between Liturgical Custom and Halakhah in Judaism (Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2005).

"From Study of Scripture to a Reenactment of Sinai," Worship 72:1 (January 1998): 43-67.

"Birkat Betulim: A Study of the Jewish Celebration of Bridal Virginity," Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish ResearchLXI (1995): 53-94.


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