WALFISH, BARRY DOV Contact Areas of Interest

Walfish, Barry Dov
(1) Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street, Toronto ON
t: 416-946-3176
(2) Robarts Library, Collection Development Department, 130 St. George Street, Toronto ON
t: 416-978-4319
e: barry.walfish@utoronto.ca
  • History of Jewish biblical interpretation and reception
  • History of the Hebrew Book
  • Karaism


Barry Dov Walfish is the Judaica Specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries. He has a  PhD from the University of Toronto in Medieval Jewish Intellectual History and a degree in Library Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2007 he has been Judaism editor for The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception.

Selected Publications

Bibliographia Karaitica Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (ed.). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2009- (5 vols. to date).

With Reverence for the Word: Scriptural Interpretation in Medieval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003 (co-editor).

“Typology, Narrative, and History: Isaac ben Joseph Ha-Kohen on the Book of Ruth” in With Reverence for the Word  (2003).

“Kosher Adultery? The Esther-Mordecai-Ahasuerus Triangle in Talmudic, Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Exegesis” Prooftexts 22:3 (Fall 2002):305-333.

Additional Accomplishment

Association of Jewish Libraries Bibliography Award for 2011 for Bibliographia Karaitica