A Special CNS After-Kiddush Talk on Jan 15th
RECLAIMING THE BIBLE AS A JEWISH BOOK: THE LEGACY OF JACOB MILGROM, YOCHANAN MUFFS, AND MOSHE GREENBERG
Speaker: Professor Benjamin Sommer,
Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary
at Congregation Netivot Shalom - Shabbat, Jan 15th
The past year marked the end of an era for Jewish biblical scholarship with the passing of four great scholars who developed distinctively Jewish and original ways of reading the Bible as modern critical scholars. Professors Jacob Milgrom (beloved Netivot Shalom member), Yochanan Muffs, Moshe Greenberg, and Moshe Weinfeld exerted extraordinary influence on both Jewish and Christian scholars who came after them. In this after-kiddush talk, Professor Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will describe how they combined traditional Jewish learning with modern historical methods to recover lost voices of Jewish theology in the Torah, how their methods were shaped by their studies in Jerusalem and JTS, and why their perspective matters to people who want to be fully modern and fully Jewish without contradiction.