Jacob Howland

Jacob Howland is McFarlin professor of philosophy (emeritus) at the University of Tulsa. His research focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, history, epic, and tragedy; the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud; Kierkegaard; and literary and philosophical responses to the Holocaust and Soviet totalitarianism.

Watch Gary Saul Morson and Jacob Howland Discuss the Dostoevsky Problem

Two leading scholars joined Mosaic‘s editor to look at why compassionate people, like the brilliant Russian author, can so often hate the Jews.

Dec. 28 2023 12:01AM

The Molten Flow of Primordial Chaos, Agitating the Chests of Men—or Not

The language of Homer delights in illuminating the world at length. The language of the Bible, by contrast, is compact, but fraught with the agitated flow of emotions.

June 2 2022 12:01AM

Not Everything Is a Charging Boar

The signal achievement of Genesis is to find heroism not just on the field of battle—where Odysseus, too, excels—but on the hardscrabble ground of everyday life.

May 4 2022 12:01AM

Homeric and Biblical Nobodies

Why, in the Hebrew Bible and the Odyssey alike, does the overweening human ambition to become somebody end in lowly banishment and dispersion?

April 13 2022 12:01AM

Noah and Odysseus: Exposed!

What do the Hebrew Bible and Homer have to say about clothes?

March 14 2022 12:01AM

Sex and the Ancient City

The Hebrew Bible and the Odyssey are both preoccupied by the moral and political consequences of ungoverned sexuality and aggression.

Feb. 10 2022 12:01AM

Should Jews Read Homer?

Despite extensive similarities, few readers have studied Genesis together with the Odyssey in hopes of illuminating the human condition. What lies waiting to be discovered?

Jan. 5 2022 12:01AM

Podcast: The Philosopher Who Reads the Talmud

Jacob Howland drops by our studio to talk about the ways in which Greek thought can illuminate the Talmud—and vice-versa.

Nov. 1 2019 12:01AM