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The Institute is pleased to present a discussion and book signing in honor of volumes edited by Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner. On Tuesday, February 12, we'll celebrate the publication of Professor Neusner's Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity and Professor Chilton's The Cambridge Companion to the Bible. The discussion between Professor Chilton and Neusner begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, followed by tea and a book signing. We hope that you will be able to join us (no reservations are necessary). Books are available for purchase from the Bard College Bookstore before and after the discussion.

Bruce Chilton (Ph.D. from Cambridge, 1976) is a scholar of early Christianity and Judaism. He wrote the first critical commentary on the Aramaic version of Isaiah (The Isaiah Targum, 1987), as well as academic studies that analyze Jesus in his Judaic context (A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible, 1984; The Temple of Jesus, 1992; Pure Kingdom, 1996). He has taught in Europe at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and in the United States at Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament) and Bard College. Currently Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard, he also directs the College’s Institute of Advanced Theology. Throughout his career, he has been active in the pastoral ministry of the Anglican Church, and is rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Barrytown, New York. Abraham’s Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, his most recent book, is released this month; his other books include Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (2000), Redeeming Time: The Wisdom of Ancient Jewish and Christian Festal Calendars (2002), Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography (2004), Mary Magdalene: A Biography (2005), and, as general editor, The Cambridge Companion to the Bible (2007). For more detailed information about the Cambridge Companion and a discount order form, click here.

Jacob Neusner, senior fellow of Bard’s Institute of Advanced Theology, Bard Center Fellow, and Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism at Bard, received a Ph.D. in religion from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and a rabbinical degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also holds seven honorary doctorates and numerous other academic honors. He has published more than 975 books and articles. He has taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida, among other institutions. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England. Neusner was president of the American Academy of Religion, a member of the founding committee of the Association for Jewish Studies, and founder of the European Association of Jewish Studies. He served on the National Council on the Humanities under President Carter and National Council on the Arts under President Reagan. He has taught at Bard College since 1994. To read the recent profile, "The Pope's Favorite Rabbi," of Jacob Neusner by David van Biema in Time Magazine, click here.

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