Rachel Frish is a Fellow at the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and a lecturer at Yale Divinity School. Her main research interests include prophetic literature and biblical and post-biblical wisdom literature. She explores the development of traditions and worldviews from the Bible through Tannaitic literature and early Christianity. She seeks to define the core ideas that characterize the biblical traditions as well as their unique developments in the various literary works, tracing their theological range and later developments. Her research combines a range of methodological approaches, including philological-historical, literary, biblical semantics and comparative analysis to Ancient Near Eastern cultures.
Her dissertation — completed in 2021 at Bar Ilan University and titled, “Wisdom Sayings in the Book of Jeremiah” — discusses the nexus of wisdom and prophetic traditions in the book of Jeremiah, examined how these traditions influenced each other and pointed out the implications on the development of wisdom tradition and texts. Her current research at Yale focuses on the source of wisdom in biblical and post-biblical works.