Jonathan Vroom

Writing and Study Skills Instructor, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Jonathan has a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic studies from the University of Toronto. During his graduate studies he served as a Lead Writing Teaching Assistant, where he was responsible for overseeing the integration of writing instruction strategies into specific writing intensive courses at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (St. George). He also teaches courses in the History of Religions program at UTM’s Department of Historical Studies and at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. His primary research is in the field of biblical and early Jewish studies. His dissertation and forthcoming book, The Authority of Law in the Ancient Near East: Identifying Legal Obligation from Mesopotamia to Qumran (Brill), draw from the philosophy of law to explore the nature of the authority that biblical and ancient Near Eastern legal texts held for various ancient communities. He also publishes on the cognitive science of religion, particularly on the cognitive dimension of copying ancient manuscripts.