Research Groups: Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America, and Europe

[RG # 134] Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America, and Europe

Sept. 1, 2012 - July 1, 2013

Organizer:

Bernard M. Levinson (University of Minnesota)
Konrad Schmid (University of Zurich)
Baruch Schwartz (The Hebrew University)

 

The Pentateuch lies at the heart of western Humanities, and the question of the formation of the Pentateuch represents one of the foundational topics in the discipline of academic bibilical studies. Despite its importance to the discipline, recent scholarship on this question has become increasingly divided on fundamental questions like dating, the existence of literary sources, and the role of authors or editors in shaping the final document. In effect, three separate academic cultures have emerged, those of Israel, Europe and North America, each promoting its own model, and without sufficient intellectual exchange between scholars in the various communities regarding their own assumptions. Our research group was created to address this problem, to bring about greater dialogue among leading proponents of the different scholarly models, and to move towards a shared discourse.

 

Members

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Jan Christian Gertz

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Heidelberg University
Jan Christian Gertz is a professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the Faculty of Theology at Heidelberg University.
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Shimon Gesundheit

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Shimon Gesudheit is a senior lecturer in the Bible Department of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Sara Japhet

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Sara Japhet is Yehezken Kaufmann Professor Emerita of the Bible department at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Dalit Rom-Shiloni

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Tel Aviv University
Dalit Rom-Shiloni is the Head of the Hebrew Bible Department, within the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University.
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Konrad Schmid

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University of Zurich
Konrad Schmid is a professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Zurich.
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Baruch J. Schwartz

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Baruch J. Schwartz is the Avraham Mordechai Shlansky Senior Lecturer in Biblical History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Benjamin D. Sommer

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Jewish Theological Seminary
Benjamin Sommer is a professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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