Reuven Kimelman is a professor of Near Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University. He specializes in the history of Judaism, with a focus on the history and poetics of the Jewish liturgy. He has written on the interaction between Judaism and Christianity in antiquity and modernity. He is also interested in the thematic connections between Greek and Biblical literature from Homer to Plato and from Genesis to Matthew. In the field of Jewish ethics, his focus is on the ethics of war, statecraft, conflict, and genocide.