Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History and Theology of Judaism and a senior fellow at the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College.
He received his A.B. from Harvard College; did graduate study at Oxford University and Hebrew University; earned his master of Hebrew letters at Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. An internationally renowned scholar of religion, he has written or edited hundreds of books, including Theology of the Oral Torah (1998) and Theology of the Halakhah (2001). His awards include 10 honorary degrees, 14 academic medals and prizes, and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Council of Learned Societies. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Clare Hall at Cambridge University. On January 18, 2010, the day after attending Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to Rome’s main synagogue, Neusner met with the pope at the Vatican to discuss their writing and scholarship. He has been a member of the Bard faculty since 1994.

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