Pamela Barmash is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew at Washington University in St. Louis and served as director of the Program in Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies. She received her B.A. from Yale, rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Harvard. In her academic scholarship, she addresses issues of law and justice in her book Homicide in the Biblical World (2005, Cambridge University Press) and shows how Jews have transformed the story of the Exodus and the celebration of Passover to meet changing needs and concerns in Exodus in the Jewish Experience: Echoes and Reverberations (2015, Lexington Books). She is currently finishing a monograph on the Laws of Hammurabi.