David Z. Moster, PhD, Rabbi

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now live in Yonkers, New York with my wife and two children. I received my PhD from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel under the tutelage of Professor Yigal Levin, an expert in historical and biblical geography. Before attending Bar-Ilan, I spent two years in Israel and a decade in New York City, where I received a B.A., M.A., M.S. and Rabbinical Degree (סמיכה) from Yeshiva University, and an M.A. from New York University. In addition to my publications in the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, I wrote Etrog: How a Chinese Fruit Became  a Jewish Symbol (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). In 2017, I turned down a university professorship because it would have meant uprooting myself from my family and friends. This led me to explore online and long-distance learning communities, which resulted in the founding of BiblicalCulture.org in 2018. In addition to my work at the IBC, I am also a Charney Fellow at the Center of Israel Studies at Yeshiva University and a Fellow in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College.