•The Family Romance of Maccabean Martyrdom (London: Routledge Press,
•Icons of Power: Ritual Practices in Late Antiquity (University Park, PA: Penn
State University Press, 2002)
•Magic in the Roman World (London: Routledge Press, 2001)
•The Poetics of Ascent: Theories of Language in a Rabbinic Ascent Text
(Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1989)

Selected Articles

•Mystical Elements in Ancient Magic in Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic
David Frankfurter (ed.)  (Brill, forthcoming)
Ancient Ineffability and Its Modern Echoes, Signs and Society (forthcoming).
•Divine Names and Speech Acts in Language and Religion edited by Robert
Yelle and Courtney Handman (DeGruyters, forthcoming).
•Theories of Divine Names in Origen and Pseudo-DionysiusHistory of Religions 30:4 (May 1991)
•Demonology in the Ancient Church in Routledge History of Witchcraft ed.
Johannes Wilfried Dillinger (Routledge, forthcoming).
•Rereading Sacrifice: The Semiosis of Blood, Signs and Society 3 (2015) pp.
•Water, Word and Name: The Shifting Pragmatics of the Sotah/Suspected
Adulteress Ritual, forthcoming in Literature or Liturgy? Early Christian Hymns
and Prayers in their Literary and Liturgical Context in Antiquity, eds. Leonhard
Clemens and Helmut Löhr, Mohr, 2014.
•Natural, Supernatural, Religious, Magical: Late Antique Theories of Effective
Action, in Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, and Theurgy in Nag Hammadi,
Manichaean and other Late Antique Literature, eds. April D. DeConick,
Gregory Shaw, and John Turner, Leiden: Brill, 2013.
•Inventing the Scapegoat: Theories of Sacrifice and Ritual, Journal of Ritual
Studies 25:1 (2011), pp. 15–24.
•The Talking Cure as Action: Freud’s Theory of Ritual Revisited, American
Journal of Psychoanalysis 71 (2011), pp. 217–237.
•Introduction to “The Shadow’s Shadow: Essays on Freud’s Mourning and
Melancholia.” Special Issue of American Imago (co-edited with Elizabeth
Constable). Fall 2009
•Good Jews Don’t: Historical and Philosophical Constructions of Idolatry,
History of Religions, (Fall/Winter 2008) 47:4, pp. 59–86.
•Envy of Maternal Functions in Sacrifice Rituals in Envy and Jealousy: New
Views about Two Powerful Feelings, edited by Leon Wurmser and Heidrun
Jarass, New York: Analytic Press 2008, pp. 117–128.
•Lusting for Death: Some Unconscious Fantasies in an Ancient Jewish
Martyrdom Text, in Psychoanalytic Psychology (Fall 2006) 23:4, pp. 644–653
•Do Jews Make Good Protestants?: The cross-cultural Study of Ritual, in
Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity. Ed.
Jacob Olupona, London: Routledge, pp. 23–36.
•Rethinking Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity, in Ethnicity and Culture in Late
Antiquity, eds. Stephen Mitchell and Geoffrey Greatrex. London: Duckworth,
2000, pp. 205–219.
•Alchemy, in Guide to the Late Antique World, eds. Peter Brown and Glen
Bowersock (Harvard University Press, 1999).
•Rabbis and Their Opponents: The Construction of the “Min” in Rabbinic
Anecdotes Journal of Early Christian Studies 6:3 (1998), pp. 449–462.
•Re-creating Genesis: The Metapragmatics of Divine Speech, in Reflexive
Language: Reported Speech and Metapragmatics, ed. J. Lucy (Cambridge
University Press, 1993), pp. 393–405.