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Z. Simkovich

Research Fellow

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award.

Her articles have been published in journals which include the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, and on online forums such as The Times of Israel and The Ancient Near East Today. She is currently working on a book regarding Judea-diaspora relations in antiquity, and is involved in numerous interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.

Malka Z. Simkovich


Feb 8, 2024

"Like Jews who lived in the Hellenistic era, Jews today are forever connected to the sacred land that their ancestors called home."

Feb 5, 2024

Jewish leaders including Hartman scholars Karma Ben-Johanan and Malka Simkovich wrote to Pope Francis asking for Catholics to extend a hand in solidarity to the Jewish community.

Aug 12, 2022

In the Hebrew Bible, God’s love is maternal.

Jun 28, 2022

Malka Simkovich explores the significance of belief and observance over the history of the Jewish people.

Apr 6, 2022

In Exodus, the daughter of Pharaoh is presented as an empathetic princess who saves the infant Moses after discovering him in the Nile and raises him as one of her own.

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