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Deena Aranoff is Assistant Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. Her interests include rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought, and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. She is particularly interested in linguistic speculation as a means by which Jewish scholars articulated cultural affinities and boundaries in ancient, medieval and modern times. Prof. Aranoff teaches courses on Jewish society and culture in the medieval and early-modern European context. She completed her Ph.D. in 2006 in the department of history at Columbia University with a dissertation titled In Pursuit of the Holy Tongue: Jewish Conceptions of Hebrew in the Sixteenth Century.