Adi Ophir is Professor Emeritus at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University and a Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Cogut Center of the Humanities, Brown University. He was Director of the Lexicon for Political Theory research project at The Minerva Humanities Center. He was also the founding editor of Theory and Criticism, the main Hebrew journal for critical theory, and of the online journal Mafte'akh: Lexical Review for Political Thought, and member of the editorial board of Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon. His publications include The One-State Condition: Occupation and Democracy in Israel/Palestine (Stanford University Press; 2012), Power of Inclusive Exclusion: Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (MIT Press, 2009), and The Order of Evils: Toward an Ontology of Morals (MIT Press, 2005). Ishay Rosen-Zvi is a Professor in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and head of the Talmud section. He previously taught Talmud and Midrash at the University of California at Berkeley and was a fellow at the Scholion Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2013 he was elected to the Young Israeli Academy of Science. He is the author of Demonic Desires: Yetzer Hara and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and The Mishnaic Sotah Ritual: Temple, Gender and Midrash (Brill, 2012).
This carefully argued, somewhat technical monograph offers a wide-ranging survey of ancient Israelite and early Jewish understandings of non-Israelites and non-Jews. ... there is no doubt that Ophir and Rosen-Zvi have done an important service by analyzing a vast amount of literature across several historical periods. They also engage an astonishing number of scholarly dialogue partners, as their extensive footnotes and 50-page bibliography reveal. An invaluable resource for those interested in the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple studies, the New Testament, and rabbinics. * CHOICE * an impressive work of scholarship ... [it] is important and worthy of further discussion and research * Elad Lapidot, Political Theology * Books such as this should be judged not only by what they say, but also by the quality of debate that they generate. On this score, Goy is already a success ... Ophir and Rosen-Zvi's blend of methodological precision with philological breadth has set a new standard for debate on these issues * James Adam Redfield, Reading Religion * Goy is first and foremost a meticulous historical and philological research into ancient rabbinic texts. Yet this research on things past is closely related with the present, what gives the discussion a sense of urgency. * Karma Ben-Johanan, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Political Theology Network * Ophir and Rosen-Zvi's study sheds light on a significant blind spot. The two uncover a dramatic historical development and for the first time elucidate the history of one of the oldest and most important Jewish institutions. * Tomer Persico, Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, Haaretz * Review from previous edition Goy is an important and absolutely necessary intervention in scholarly assumptions. * Cavan Concannon, University of Southern California. , Ancient Jew Review * The work is thorough in its review of contemporary scholarship in this area, and rightly dismisses both the tendency of scholars to project rabbinic views back to an earlier period and the common misreading of the rabbis in the light of apologetic concerns. * Norman Solomon, University of Oxford, Journal of Jewish Studies * Their co-authored book is a rich and rewarding (if sometimes demanding) study that discusses a wide range of ancient Jewish texts, and points to different ways in which ideas of otherness can be understood and experienced * Andrew Gregory, University College, Anvil *