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Francoise Mirguet

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Assoc Professor, Hebrew
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Biography

Francoise Mirguet (PhD, University of Louvain, 2007) is an Associate Professor at SILC, and is also a member of the Center for Jewish Studies. Her current research focuses on emotions in ancient Jewish literature. She teaches Biblical Hebrew and ancient Jewish literature, as well as a team-taught course entitled "Emotions across languages, cultures, and history." 

 

Francoise's next book is entitled An Early History of Compassion: Emotion and Imagination in Hellenistic Judaism. It is published by Cambridge University Press and will be available in fall 2017: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/religion/biblical-studies-old-testament-hebrew-bible/early-history-compassion-emotion-and-imagination-hellenistic-judaism?format=HB#prUoRKAfaZkiGjtU.97.

 

Her first book, La représentation du divin dans les récits du Pentateuque, was published in 2009 by Brill. She has also published several peer-reviewed articles in different journals. For her latest article, see "What is an 'Emotion' in the Hebrew Bible? An Experience that Exceeds Most Contemporary Concepts" in Biblical Interpretation

 

During the academic year 2016-2017, Francoise is a Harry Starr fellow at the Center of Jewish Studies at Harvard. In fall 2015, she was a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent spring 2013 at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, in Washington, DC. 

 

Francoise co-chairs the section "Emotions and the Biblical World" in the European Association for Biblical Studies: https://eabs.net/site/emotions-and-the-biblical-world/

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Research Interests

Literary Corpuses: 

  • Hebrew Bible and cognate literature
  • Judeo-Hellenistic literature 

 

Topics: 

  • Emotions
  • Embodiment
  • Gender
  • Space
  • Pseudepigraphy 
  • Authorship
Publications

Books (authored): 

2017     An Early History of Compassion: Emotion and Imagination in Hellenitic Judaism. Cambridge University Press (online version available; print version available on 09/30/2017).

2009     La représentation du divin dans les récits du Pentateuque. Médiations syntaxiques et narratives. VT.Sup 123; Leiden/Boston: Brill (544 pages). 

 

Books (edited): 

2005     Y.‑M. Blanchard, É. Latour, F. Mirguet, B. Oiry, Raconter, voir, croire. Parcours narratifs du quatrième évangile (Cahiers de la Revue Biblique). Paris: Gabalda. 

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles: 

2016     “What is an ‘Emotion’ in the Hebrew Bible? An Experience that Exceeds Most Contemporary Concepts.” Biblical Interpretation 24/4-5, 442-465.

2016     “Emotions in Ancient Jewish Literature: Definitions and Approaches” (with D. Kurek-Chomycz). Biblical Interpretation 24/4-5, 435-441.

2014     “Emotional Responses to the Pain of Others, in Josephus’ Rewritten Scriptures and the Testament of Zebulun: Between Power and Vulnerability.” Journal of Biblical Literature 133, 838-857. With responses by Sarah J. Pearce, Donald Lateiner, and David Konstan.

2011     “Tracing Gender in the Story of the Oven of Akhnai: The Beit Midrash Between the Divine and Female Realms.” Nashim 22, 88-110.

2011     “Introductory Reflections on Embodiment in Hellenistic Judaism.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 21, 5-19.

2011     “Implicit Biblical Motifs in Almodóvar’s Hable con ella and Volver.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 23, 27-39.  

2010     “Attachment to the Body in the Greek Testament of Abraham: A Reappraisal of the Short Recension.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 19, 251-275.

2008     “Numbers 16: The Significance of Place. An Analysis of Spatial Markers.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 32, 311-330.

2007     “’Raconter Dieu’ dans le Pentateuque.” Revue Théologique de Louvain 37, 488-551.

2005     “Interprétation de récit, récit d’interprétations. L’exemple de Nombres 16.” Biblical Interpretation 13, 424-437.

2005     “L’effacement du narrateur devant le personnage de Jésus dans le quatrième Évangile. Une inversion des rôles narratifs.” Sémiotique et Bible 120, 27‑40.

2005     “Essai d’interprétation de Lévitique 10.” Études Théologiques et Religieuses 80, 103-113.

2005     “Le motif des cassolettes en Nombres 16,1-17,15. Une riposte théâtralisée.” Estudios Bíblicos 63, 3‑19.

2004     “Les titres shiphah et ’amah. Recherche de lexicographie biblique.” Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 116, 242-250.

2003     “Isaac et Ismaël en Genèse 21,1-21. Quand l’entente suscite le rire.” Science et Esprit 55, 75-88.

2003     “Genèse 21-22: Maternité et paternité à l’épreuve.” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 79, 307-328.

 

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters: 

2018     “They Visited Heaven and Refused to Die: Anxieties of Discontinuity in the Testament of Abraham and in Ezra Traditions.” Forthcoming in: T. Nicklas, J.N. Bremmer (eds.), The Figure of Ezra between Early Judaism and Ancient Christianity. Studies in Early Christian Apocrypha; Leuven: Peeters.

2014     “Beyond Authority: The Construction of Scriptures in the Testament of Abraham.” E. Tigchelaar (ed.), Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium (BETL) 270; Leuven: Peeters, 211-230.

2012     “Flavius Josèphe construit son image. Quelques postures d’auteur dans la Vie.” C. Clivaz, et al. (eds.), Écritures et réécritures : La reprise interprétative des traditions fondatrices par la littérature biblique et extra-biblique. BETL 248; Leuven: Peeters, 35-48.  

2012     “’And Aseneth Saw Joseph’: Body Language and Emotions in Joseph and Aseneth 6,1.” A. Wénin, G. van Oyen (eds.), La surprise dans la Bible. BETL 247; Leuven: Peeters, 381-391.  

2008     “La représentation littéraire d’une réalité à venir. La terre promise dans les Nombres.” T. Römer (ed.), The Books of Leviticus and Numbers. BETL 215; Leuven: Peeters, 507-517.

2007     “Voir la mort de Jésus. Quand le ‘voir’ se fait récit.” G. van Belle (ed.), The Death of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. BETL 200; Leuven: Peeters, 469-479.

2005     “La mise en scène de l’écriture et de la lecture dans le Quatrième Évangile.” Y.‑M. Blanchard, É. Latour, F. Mirguet, B. Oiry, Raconter, voir, croire. Parcours narratifs du quatrième évangile. Cahiers de la Revue Biblique; Paris: Gabalda, 13-31.

 

Edited Special Issues: 

2016     Guest editors, Françoise Mirguet and Dominika Kurek-Chomycz: Emotions in Ancient Jewish Literature: Definitions and Approaches. Biblical Interpretation 24/4-5.

2011     Guest editor: Embodiment and the Construction of Identity in Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha

 

Non Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

2015     “Emotions in Deuteronomy.” Contribution to D.C. Benjamin, The Social World of Deuteronomy: A New Feminist Commentary. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 91-94.

2014     “Dieu et l’art de (le) raconter: Ou comment en finir avec le narrateur omniscient.” C. Dionne, Y. Mathieu (eds.), Raconter Dieu : Entre récit, histoire et théologie. Le Livre et le Rouleau 44; Namur: Lessius, 49-73.

2013     “Compassion in the Making: Lexicographic Explorations in Judeo-Hellenistic Literature.” Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletin 1/2 (online). 

 

Encyclopedia Entries: 

             “αἰσθάνομαι – αἴσθησις – αἰσθητήριον.” Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck). Submitted and accepted. Publication is projected between 2015 and 2021.

2013     “Emotions in Hellenistic Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: de Gruyter).

 

Book Reviews: 

2017     A. Wénin, Abraham ou l’apprentissage du dépouillement: Gn 11,27 – 25,18. Lire la Bible; Paris: Cerf, 2016. Revue Théologique de Louvain 48, 388-389. 

2017     D. Lambert, How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Jewish Review of Books, Spring 2017, 14-16; with a response in Summer 2017 issue. 

2014     A. Chaniotis (ed.), Unveiling Emotions. Sources and Methods for the Study of Emotions in the Greek World (Habes 52). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2012. Classical Review 64/2, 1-3.

2013     V. D. Arbel, Forming Femininity in Antiquity: Eve, Gender, and Ideologies in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Journal for the Study of Judaism 44, 384-385.

2012     W. Loader, The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. Review of Biblical Literature (online).

2011     W. Loader, The Dead Sea Scrolls on Sexuality: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Sectarian and Related Literature at Qumran. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. Journal for the Study of Judaism 42, 418-419.

2009     “The Francophone Appropriation and Continuation of Narrative Criticism Applied to the Bible: The Example of Point of View.” Poetics Today 30, 353-362. 

 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 231Biblical Hebrew III
HEB 231Biblical Hebrew III
JST 231Biblical Hebrew III
REL 411Judaism/BeginningsChristianity
JST 411Judaism/BeginningsChristianity
HEB 411Judaism/BeginningsChristianity
JST 499Individualized Instruction
HEB 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 232Biblical Hebrew IV
HEB 232Biblical Hebrew IV
JST 232Biblical Hebrew IV
SLC 494Special Topics
KOR 494Special Topics
HEB 494Special Topics
SLC 598Special Topics
HEB 598Special Topics
KOR 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JST 232Biblical Hebrew IV
HEB 232Biblical Hebrew IV
REL 232Biblical Hebrew IV
HEB 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 131Biblical Hebrew I
HEB 131Biblical Hebrew I
JST 131Biblical Hebrew I
JST 316Lit Readings/Hebrew Bible
ENG 316Lit Readings/Hebrew Bible
HEB 316Lit Readings/Hebrew Bible
REL 316Lit Readings/Hebrew Bible
HEB 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 232Biblical Hebrew IV
HEB 232Biblical Hebrew IV
JST 232Biblical Hebrew IV
REL 394Special Topics
HEB 394Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
HEB 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Francoise Mirguet. All But an Emotion: The Example of Compassion. International Meeting of Society of Biblical Literature, Vienna, Austria (Jul 2014).
  • Francoise Mirguet and Dominika Kurek-Chomycz. Emotions: Definitions and Methods. International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Vienna, Austria (Jul 2014).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Dead Sea Scrolls: Assessing Recent Research. Temple Solel, Paradise Valley, AZ (Apr 2014).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Feeling as a Woman: Female Emotions as Cognitive Category. National Meeting of Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, MD (Nov 2013).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Compassion: The Birth of an Emotion. Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series (Nov 2013).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Discourse of Sympathy in Judeo-Hellenistic Literature. European Association of Biblical Studies, Leipzig, Germany (Jul 2013).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Emotional Responses to the Suffering of Others. Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Research Symposium (Apr 2013).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Emotional Discourses in Josephus’ Rewritten Scriptures: Emotional Responses to Others’ Suffering and Happiness. Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Chicago, IL (Nov 2012).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Les possibilités littéraires de la pseudépigraphie. Discours émotionnels alternatifs et rapport aux écritures dans le Testament d'Abraham. Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense (Jul 2012).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Hellenistic Diaspora Narratives and the Construction of an Embodied Self. Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Washington, DC (Dec 2011).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Emotions in Translation: The Case of 1 Maccabees. Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London (Jul 2011).
  • Francoise Mirguet, with Mark A. Christian. Ba’al in Toponyms, Personal Names, and the Deity Behind the Name. Session at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London (Jul 2011).
  • Francoise Mirguet, with Mark A. Christian. "Dark Sides" of the Divine in Ugarit and the Hebrew Bible. Session at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London (Jul 2011).
  • Francoise Mirguet, with Mark A. Christian. Representing the Divine: Literary and Visual Aspects in Texts, Epigraphy and Archaeological Data. Session at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London (Jul 2011).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Dieu et l’art de (le) raconter: Ou comment en finir avec le narrateur omniscient. International symposium, Réseau de Recherches en Narratologie Biblique, Ottawa, Canada (May 2011).
  • Francoise Mirguet. The Construction of the Self in Jewish Autobiography: Josephus’ Contradictory Public and Literary Postures in his Vita. Association for Jewish Studies 42nd Annual Conference, Boston, MA (Dec 2010).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Depicting Emotions in Biblical and Judeo-Hellenistic Narratives: The Body as Figure and Mirror. National Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA (Nov 2010).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Bodies and Identities in Judeo-Hellenistic Literature: Six Interplays. Solis Diaboli, Professor Lecture Series, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (Oct 2010).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Bodies and the Negotiations of Identities. International Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Tartu, Estonia (Jul 2010).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Flavius Josèphe construit son image: Quelques postures d’auteur dans la Vie. International Conference of the Réseau de Recherches en Narratologie Biblique, Lausanne, Switzerland (Jun 2010).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Challenging Prescribed Emotions in Judeo-Hellenistic Novels. Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Campus Lecture Series (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ) (Apr 2010).
  • Francoise Mirguet. Joseph and Aseneth and the Greek Erotic Novels: The Specific Agenda of the Jewish Tale. Regional Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Tempe, AZ (Mar 2010).
  • Francoise Mirguet. The Miracle of the Bees in Joseph and Aseneth. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Annual Conference, Tempe, AZ (Feb 2010).
Service
  • Honors College, Middle East Boren Interviews, Committee Member (2014 - Present)
  • European Association of Biblical Studies, Co-chair, Unit: "Emotions and the Biblical World" (2013 - Present)
  • Honors College, Middle East Fulbright Interviews, Committee Member (2013 - Present)
  • Jewish Studies, Scholarship Committee, Committee Member (2013 - Present)
  • Arizona Course Equivalency Tracking System (ACETS), Evaluator (2012 - Present)
  • School of International Letters and Cultures Scholarship Committee, Committee Member (2011 - Present)
  • School of International Letters and Cultures Scholarship Committee, Committee Member (2011 - Present)
  • School of International Letters and Cultures, Arabic Search Committee, Committee Member (2010 - Present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature, International Meetings, Co-chair of the Unit "Expressions of Religion in Israel" (2010 - Present)
  • Jewish Studies, Holder of Jess Schwartz Professorship (2010 - Present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature, International Meetings, Steering Committee Member, Unit: "Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha" (2009 - Present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature, International Meetings, Steering Committee Member, Unit: "Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha" (2009 - Present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature, International Meetings, Steering Committee Member, Unit: "Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha" (2009 - Present)
  • Bridging the Language Divide: Teaching in a Foreign Language, Panelist (2012 - 2012)
  • Debate: Is Truth Overrated? Project Humanities, Panelist (2012 - 2012)
  • Jewish Studies, By-Laws Committee, Committee Member (2011 - 2011)
  • Society of Biblical Literature, International Meetings, Co-chair of the Unit "Expressions of Religion in Israel" (2010 - 2011)
  • School of International Letters and Cultures, Arabic Search Committee, Committee Member (2010 - 2011)
  • School of International Letters and Cultures Scholarship Committee, Committee Member (2011 - 2011)
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