Publications

E-Scholarship

Books

•Acts of Interpretation: Ancient Religious Semiotic Ideologies and Their Modern Echoes (Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2022)

•The Family Romance of Maccabean Martyrdom (London: Routledge Press,
2017)
•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

•Erotic Love Magic and the Problem of Female Agency, Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies, 7 (1), 102-13 (2022)

•A Peircean Approach to Jewish Ascent Texts in van Boom, Jason Cronbach and Thoms-Andreas Põder (eds.), Sign Method, and the Sacred: New directions in semiotic methodologies for the study of religion (Semiotics of Religion, 5; De Gruyter: Berlin, Boston), 171-88 (2021)

•Aelian on Tortoise Sex and the Artifice of Love Magic in Conti, Fabrizia (ed.), Civilizations of the Supernatural: Witchcraft, Ritual, and Religious Experience in Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Traditions (Advances In The History of Magic, Witchcraft, And Religion, 1; Budapest: Trivent), 13-30, (2020)

•[Rabbinic Judaism] Mediate, Meditation, Encyclopedia of the Bible Online, 18; https://db.degruyter.com/view/EBR/key_3bd966fb-e746-488e-9605-ceb4edfb8a55, (2020)

•Immediacy and mediation in Philo’s interpretation of divine names in Ponzo, Jenny, Robert A. Yelle,
and Massimo Leone (eds.), Mediation and Immediacy: a key issue for the semiotics of religion  (Semiotics of Religion, 4; Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter) 19-32 (2020)

•The Magical Elements of Mysticism: Ritual Strategies for Encountering Divinity
David Frankfurter (ed.) Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic (Religions in the Greco-Roman World) (Leiden, Brill, 2019) pp. 678-93
Ancient Ineffability and Its Modern Echoes, Signs and Society (2018) pp. 45-63.
Speech Acts and Divine Names: Comparing Linguistic Ideologies of Performativity in Language and Religion edited by Robert Yelle and Courtney Handman (DeGruyters, 2019).
•Theories of Divine Names in Origen and Pseudo-DionysiusHistory of Religions 30:4 (May 1991)
•Demons and witchcraft in the early Church in Routledge History of Witchcraft ed.
Johannes Wilfried Dillinger (London; Routledge, 2019) pp 36-45.
•Rereading Sacrifice: The Semiosis of Blood, Signs and Society 3 (2015) pp.
193-208.
•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.
Preface 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.