Bible: Biblical Exegesis

Rabbi Hayyim Angel

Rabbi Hayyim Angel is the National Scholar of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org). He also teaches advanced Bible courses to undergraduates and rabbinical students at Yeshiva University, and lectures widely. He has published over 100 scholarly articles, primarily in Bible, and is author or editor of thirteen books. He received his B.A. in Jewish Studies Summa cum Laude from Yeshiva College, his M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, his M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and his Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Sample Titles The Chosen People in an Age of Political Correctness: What does it mean? God Insists on Truth: Two of the most Audacious Biblical Prayers, and how later Rabbinic Thinkers dealt with them How Open Minded Should We Be? An Overview of Kohelet and its Controversies Rambam’s influence on Tanakh study The use of modern literary tools and scholarship in traditional Tanakh learning Ezra: the first Modern Day Rabbi Afterlife in Jewish Thought, and Implications for...

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Dr. Moshe Bernstein

Dr. Moshe Bernstein is a professor of Bible at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University. He also taught at Stern College for Women for 20 years. His teaching encompasses both basic and advanced courses, ranging from Introduction to Bible, Biblical Hebrew and Classical Jewish Intellectual History to specialized courses in Literary Approaches to the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Biblical Interpretation. Dr. Bernstein’s research focuses primarily on Jewish biblical interpretation in antiquity, particularly as witnessed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aramaic targumim (translations of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic). His publications in these areas have earned him international recognition as a distinguished scholar. Dr. Bernstein is a member of the international editorial team responsible for editing and publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in 2001 co-edited three fragmentary Dead Sea Scrolls in the official publication series “Discoveries in the Judean Desert.” In addition to his academic and scholarly activities, Dr. Bernstein is a frequent lecturer on a variety of aspects of Tanakh and Judaism in antiquity at synagogues in the New York area and across the country. Dr. Bernstein is a graduate of Yeshiva College and received his semikha (rabbinic ordination) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Fordham University in classical languages. Dr. Bernstein also received a master’s degree in Semitic languages from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, where he later did advanced graduate work in biblical studies. Sample Titles Literary Approaches to Tenakh Biblical Thought: Lamentations, Ecclesiastes (Kohelet), Psalms The Text of Tenakh from Before the Ba’alei Mesorah to Printed Editions Translations of the Bible from the Targumim to ArtScroll The Earliest Biblical Interpretation – Reading the Bible Before There Were Commentaries Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation Second Temple Jewish History and...

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Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Cohen

Rabbi Mordechai Z. Cohen is professor of Bible and associate dean of the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. He has written a number of seminal studies in both Hebrew and English on Jewish biblical interpretation (parshanut ha-miqra) in its cultural settings, particularly its interface with Arabic poetics, Muslim jurisprudence and modern literary approaches to the Bible. Recognized as a leading authority in this field, he lectures regularly at academic conferences in the United States, Europe and Israel. His first book, “Three Approaches to Biblical Metaphor: From Abraham Ibn Ezra and Maimonides to David Kimhi,” was published by Brill Academic Press in 2003 and was re-issued in a second edition in 2008. His second book, “Opening the Gates of Interpretation: Maimonides’ Biblical Exegesis in Light of His Geonic-Andalusian Heritage and Muslim Milieu,” will be published by Brill in 2010. Rabbi Cohen graduated from Yeshiva College in 1987, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1990 and received his PhD at Revel in 1994. Sample Titles Jonah’s Struggle with God: Literary Perspectives New trends in the study of the History of Biblical Interpretation From New Heart to Broken Heart: Penitence (Teshuva) in Psalm 51 Tehillim (Psalms) As Poetry Maimonides and Moses Ibn Ezra: How Arabic Poetics and Muslim Jurisprudence Illuminate Sacred Hebrew Text Joy With Tears: Celebrating the Return to Zion in Psalm 126 Bible and Literary Criticism: In Memory of Nehama Leibowitz Spirit and Soul: What Makes Hebrew the Sacred Tongue Kedusha, Perishut, Ve-‘Achdut: Separation and Unity in Holiness Malbim’s Reaction to the Literary Method in Biblical Exegesis Nahmanides’ Commentary and Thought, nine-lecture series Literary Perceptions in Medieval Biblical Commentaries Literary Artistry in the Book of Jonah Literary Artistry and the Theology of Hesed in the Book of Ruth, two-lecture series What Does Maimonides Really Say About Peshuto Shel Miqra Biblical Interpretation Between Cultures: New Scholarship on the Traditional Commentators; eight-lecture series New Approaches to Parshanut ha-Miqra (Biblical interpretation) in modern scholarship...

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Dr. Aaron Koller

Dr. Aaron Koller is an assistant professor of Bible in Yeshiva College. Aaron received his doctorate in Bible and Semitics in the Revel School of Jewish Studies after doing coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and YU, where he focused on Semitic and other Near Eastern languages and Iron Age history, while also studying linguistics, Bible, Levantine archaeology, and Second Temple and rabbinic Judaism. He also has a strong interest in contemporary ethical thought. He has written papers about Aramaic dialects and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and also teaches classes on biblical interpretation and history at the Drisha Institute. Sample Titles The Uniqueness of Man in Eden and in Science Human Development and the “Sin” of Eden The Philistines in the Bible and in History Reconstructing Sennacherib’s Attack on Judah Archaeology in the Study of the Bible Where did the Alphabet Come From? Aramaic Sources from Biblical Times Everyday Life in Biblical Times The “Ma‘aseh Merkavah” of Ezekiel: Its Meaning and Significance The Modern Book in the Bible: Kohelet Amos, a Radical in his Time How do we Know What a Biblical Hebrew Word Means? The Structure and Purpose of the Book of Deuteronomy “Torah from Zion”: Jerusalem as the International Court of Justice in Isaiah 2 The Law of the Slanderer The Structure and Meaning of the Book of Ezekiel Homicide: Halakhic and Neuropsychological Aspects The Power and Meaning of Martyrdom Language Choices in Second Temple Judaism and Rabbinic Literature The Language and Character of Hillel the Elder The Limits of Halakha The Dual Nature of Rosh...

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Dr. Michelle Levine

Dr. Michelle Levine is Associate Professor of Bible at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, where she has taught since 2001. She is also a former faculty member of the Stella K. Abraham Yeshiva High School for Girls (SKA). She holds a BA, summa cum laude with honors, from Brooklyn College, an MS in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and a PhD in medieval biblical exegesis from New York University; her dissertation was awarded doctoral fellowships from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Dr. Levine also studied for two years at Michlalah Teacher’s College in Israel.  Dr. Levine was awarded the senior class Jewish Studies “professor of the year” in 2011. Dr. Levine is the author of Nahmanides on Genesis: The Art of Biblical Portraiture, which is based on her dissertation, published by Brown University Press (2009). She has published numerous articles on medieval biblical exegesis in academic journals, including “Maimonides’ Philosophical Exegesis of the Nobles’ Vision (Exodus 24): A Guide for the Pursuit of Knowledge;” “The Inner World of Biblical Character Explored in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Genesis;” “Nahmanides’ Literary Approach to Biblical Narrative: Varied Repetition in the Joseph Story;” “Character, Characterization, and Intertextuality in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Biblical Narrative;” “Ramban’s Integrative Reading of Biblical Narrative;” as well as articles on topics of the Bible, including “The Cognitive, Emotional, and Sensory Experience of the Yamim Nora’im: The Message of the Akedah;” “Va-Yera: The Potency of Prayer;” “Yeshayahu’s Call to Prophecy and Ma’amad Har Sinai;” and “Moshe Rabbenu  at Ma’amad Har Sinai:  Ascending and Descending the Mountain.”  She has also delivered papers at academic conferences, in the United States and Israel, focusing particularly on Nahmanides’ literary analysis of the Bible. Dr. Levine lectures widely across the United States and in Israel on various topics of the Bible and biblical commentaries, including Yeshiva University’s Midreshet Yom Rishon. She gives a popular weekly series on Tanach in Queens, that...

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Mrs. CB Neugroschl

Mrs. Chaya Batya (CB) Neugroschl serves as the Head of School at the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central). She is an educator with over twenty years of pedagogic, curricular, and administrative experience in both Judaic and General Studies. Before coming to YUHSG, Mrs. Neugroschl served as Assistant Principal and Co-Director of General Studies at SAR High School, where she introduced innovative curricular initiatives and special programming. Previously, Mrs. Neugroschl was the Director of Admissions at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, where she also taught Jewish History and Philosophy. Mrs. Neugroschl studied for two years at Michlala College for Women in Israel and earned her B.A. at Stern College for Women in 1993. She continued her studies at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, with a focus on History of Halakha and Medieval Ashkenaz. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1998. Her Master’s thesis was entitled “The Nexus of Law and Spirituality in Maimonides’ Laws of Charity.” Sample Titles Kabbalat Hatorah as Per Moshe Rabbeinu, Rabbi Akiva and Rav Chiya Simcha Shel Mitzvah: An Ethos of Inclusion Rav Kook: A Religious Zionism of Inclusion Sukkat Shalom: Paradigms for Peace Rabbi Akiva: Master Teacher and Master Student Yom Kippur: When Less is More Yafta Elokim l’Yafet – Vayishkon B’Ohalei Shem: Can we Beautify Judaism with Greek Culture? The Historical Context of Chanukah and the Enemy Within Zman Simchateinu: Understanding the Happiness of Sukkot The Role of Memory in Jewish Thought and Jewish History The Role of Memory in Jewish Law and Jewish History Religious Zionism – A Difficult...

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Professor Smadar Rosensweig

Smadar Rosensweig is clinical assistant professor of Judaic studies at Stern College for Women. She received her B.A. from Barnard College  in 1983, and an M.A. in 1987 and M.Phil in 1989, both in Jewish History from Columbia University. She gives shiurim and lectures throughout the New York metropolitan area and across the country. Sample Titles Themes in Megillat Ruth From The Depths of Shechem To The Glory of Geula: The Remarkable Ascention of Shevet Levi Moshe, Aharon, & Miriam: Sibling Models of Leadership Sefirah, Torah & Personal Growth Bracha and Bechora: Reuven and Yehuda Interrelationship of Avot and Imahot The Lesons of Chana Haftarot of Calamity and Consolation Mothers-in-law, Daughters-in-law; the Book of...

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Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Ph.D.

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, PhD is Yeshiva University’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the Mazer Yeshiva Program, a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor of Bible at Yeshiva College. Rabbi Wieder is a prolific scholar, with more than 900 lectures on Judaism captured on audio and video and available online. Rabbi Wieder was one of the first Americans to win the International Bible Contest. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College in 1991, and received an MS in American Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was ordained at RIETS and holds a PhD in Judaic studies from New York University. Sample Titles Heinz dilemma in Jewish Law Copyright Law in Halakhah Economic and Social deception in Jewish Law The Interaction between Halakhah and Secular Law The Status of and Ethical Treatment of Gentiles in Jewish Civil Law The Dissolution of Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem Fraud as Grounds for Invalidating Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem? The Halakhic Status of Electricity on Shabbos Abortion in Halakhah A Halakhic view on Disinheriting a Child Parameters and Priorities in the Mitzvah of Tzedakah Conflict Between Science and Halakhah: The Response of Posekim Land for Peace Status of Oats as a Grain in Halakhah The Structure of the Hebrew Calendar Use of Ancient Near East in study of Tanakh Non-literal interpretation of Scripture Tiqqun Soferim in Hazal: Emendation or Interpretation? Textual Variants in Tanakh: A Halakhic Response Targum: An Introduction to the Jewish Aramaic Translations of Scripture How our Biblical Text came to be: The History of the Text and the Tiberian...

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