Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 110
Departments/ProgramsNear Eastern and Judaic Studies
DegreesHarvard University, Ph.D.
Jewish Theological Seminary, M.H.L.
Harvard University, M.A.
Brandeis University, B.A.
Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi
ExpertiseMedieval and early modern Jewish history. Jews of Venice. institution of the ghetto. Raison d'etat and the Jews in early modern Europe
ProfileScholarship centers on wide range of issues arising from the experiences of the Jews of Venice, such as the attitude of the religious and secular authorities toward the Jews, their legal status, economic activities, communal structure, living quarters
Awards and Honors
Initiated as member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2005)
Fellow, American Academy for Jewish Research (1996)
Littauaer Foundation grant (1994 - 1995)
Associate Editor, Association for Jewish Studies Review (1992 - 1999)
Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University (1986 - 1987)
American Council of Learned Societies grant-in-aid (1980 - 1981)
Ravid,Benjamin. "All Ghettos Were Jewish Quarters, but Not All Jewish Quarters were Ghettos." Jewish Culture and History 10. 2-3 (2008): 5-24. (forthcoming)
Ravid, Benjamin, E. Dursteler, ed., ed. Venice and its Minorities. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2013.
Ravid, Benjamin, F. Backhaus, G. Engel, G. Grebner and R. Liberles, ed. On the Diffusion of the Word ‘Ghetto’ and its Ambiguous Usages, and a Suggested Definition. Berlin: Trafo, 2012.
Ravid, Benjamin. "Cum Nimis Absurdum and the Ancona Auto-da-Fe Revisited: Their Impact on Venice and Some Wider Reflections." Ed. A. Teller, J. Chayes, F. Francesconi., 2010
Ravid, Benjamin. "Popular Religion in the Early-Modern Ghetto of Venice." Festschrift in Honor of Tzvi Abusch. Ed. D. Wright, B. N. Porter and J. Stackert., 2010
Ravid, Benjamin. "The `Translator of the Hebrew Language' of the Venetian Republic and the Venetian Government as Preserver of Documents of the Venetian Jewish Community." Festschrift in Honor of Robert Bonfil. Ed. E. Baumgarten, M. Ben Sasson, A. Raz-Karkozkin and R. Weinstein., 2010
Ravid, Benjamin. "Il Governo Veneziano e gli Ebrei." Venice and the Rewligious Experience., 2009
Ravid, Benjamin. "The Berlin Period of Simon Rawidowicz: The University and Ludwig Feuerbach in Context." Ludwig Feuerbach und das Judentums. Ed. Ursula Reitemeyer. Muenster: University of Muenster, 2009
Ravid, Benjamin, D. N. Myers, M. Ciavolella, P. H. Reill, and G. Simcox. How Other Really Was the Jewish Other? The Evidence from Venice,. Proc. of Acculturation and Its Discontents: The Jews of Italy. Los Angeles, CA: Toronto University Press, 2008.
Ravid, Benjamin, Y. Kaplan. Alfred Klee and Hans Goslar: From Amsterdam to Westerbork to Bergen Belsen,. Proc. of The Tenth International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherland. Jerusalem, Israel: Brill, 2008.
Ravid, Benjamin. "Biblical Exegesis a la Mercantilism and Raison d`état in Seventeenth Century Venice: The Discorso of Simone Luzzatto,." Bringing the Hidden to Light: The Process of Interpretation. Studies in Honor of Stephen A. Geller. Ed. K. Kravitz and D. M. Sharon. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2007. 169-182.
Ravid, Benjamin. "Bonfil, Robert; Brit Ivrit Olamit; Rawidowicz, Simon; Venice." Encyclopaedia Judaica. Second ed. 2007.
Ravid, Benjamin. "The Human Dimension of Wissenschaft des Judentums: Letters from the Rawidowicz Archives,." Festschrift in honor of Raymond P. Scheindlin. Ed. J. Decter and M. Rand., 2007. 97-142.
Ravid, Benjamin. "Ghetto." Encyclopedia of Antisemitism., 2004
Ravid, Benjamin. "In Defense of the Jewish Doctors of Venice, ca. 1670." Una Manna Buona per Mantova: Man Tov le-Man Tovah: Studi in onore Vittodire Colorni per il suo 92 compleanno. Ed. M. Perani. Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2004. 479-506.
Ravid,Benjamin, 'Simon Rawidowicz and the 'Brit Ivrit Olamit'. "A Study in the Relationship Between Hebrew Culture in the Diaspora and Zionist Ideology (Hebrew)." Studies and Essays in Hebrew Language and Literature (2004): 119-154.
Ravid, Benjamin, co-ed. with Robert C. Davis. "The Jews of Early Modern Venice." (2001).
Ravid,Benjamin. State of Israel, Diaspora, and Jewish Continuity: Essays on the "Ever-Dying" People. Hanover NH: University Press of New England/Brande, 1998.
Ravid,Benjamin. Israel: The Ever-Dying People. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1986.
Ravid,Benjamin, Simon Rawidowicz (with Jehuda Friedlander). Shihotai im Bialik. Jerusalem: Dvir Publishing Company, 1983.