Spring Quarter Schedule

Tuesday, April 9th, 10:30am-12:00pm, in Swift 403, Prof. Dobbs-Allsopp, Princeton Theological Seminary, will present a chapter of his in progress book entitled, “Through Whitman’s Eyes: Thre Free Rhythms of Biblical Hebrew Poetry.”

Monday, April 22nd, 4:30-6:00, Swift 403, Prof Tova Ganzel from Bar-Ilan University will present a paper entitled, “Ezekiel’s Vision in the Babylonian Context: Preliminary Thoughts.”

Monday, May 6th, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Classics 110, Prof Avi Faust, Bar Ilan University, will speak on Israel’s “ethnogenesis.”  Prof David Schloen will respond.

Monday, May 20th, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Swift 201, Joey Cross, PhD student in NELC will present a paper entitled, “Psalm 45: Lineation Through Manuscript Analysis, and Notes Toward an Interpretation.” Psalm 45 is a royal wedding hymn that praises a king and his bride and, in a way unparalleled in biblical literature, begins and ends with the poet reflecting on the importance of his own work. It is also a difficult text. On a formal level, the psalm is parallelistic (and thus similar to most Biblical Hebrew poetry), but only in parts. Much of the psalm remains difficult to conceive in poetic terms. As modern readers we are not alone in this observation: all of the major Hebrew and Greek witnesses agree on the difficult portions and make different decisions of lineation. In this talk we will 1. discuss the process of arriving at a lineated text of the psalm that is as reliable as possible, through a careful reading of the manuscripts; and 2. point to problems of interpretation, with a careful eye towards how the interpretation is bound up with its unique form.

Tuesday, June 4th, 4:30-6:00pm, Swift 201, Hebrew Bible Workshop will hold our Craft of Teaching pedagogy event, “Teaching Bible in Diverse Classrooms.” The Bible continues to be one of the world’s most read and taught texts.  However, in a classroom of students who come from diverse religious/cultural backgrounds and hold different and often conflicting views about the Bible, how does an instructor get everyone on the same page in order to talk about the bible in a productive way?  This is a challenge whether you are teaching a course that addresses the Bible primarily or peripherally.  Join panelists Prof. Simeon Chavel, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Prof. Lucy Pick, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity, and Allison Gray, PhD student in New Testament and Early Christian Literature, for a lively and informative discussion.