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I am a cultural historian of religion, working primarily with the texts and traditions of ancient Judaism within the Mediterranean context.  

My current project, entitled Rabbis and Donors: the Logics of Giving in the Ancient Mediterranean, examines ancient gift practices, particularly among Jews and rabbis, in order to complicate the enduring view that “religious” giving, such as charity or tithing, is categorically separate from “secular” giving, such as commerce, barter, and reciprocal exchange.