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To know more about Bruce Chilton's most recent book, Abraham's Curse, click here for links to reviews and events. To read Professor Chilton's 27 Feburary review of Gary Wills's What the Gospels Meant that appeared in the New York Sun, click here.

Jacob Neusner's op-ed essay, "Catholics Have a Right to Pray for Us," appears in the 28 February issue of The Forward. To read the article in its entirety, click here.


This week you should have received a letter asking for your continued support as a member of the Institute for the year 2008. One of the benefits of your membership is a special four-day seminar, "Archaeology and the History and Religion of Ancient Israel," offered for current IAT members on March 5-6, and March 13-14.Copresented by the Biblical Archaeology Society, the Institute is welcomes William Dever, world-renowned archaeologist and author of Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?, to the Bard campus for this free member seminar. Details about Professor Dever and the program are posted online, click here for further details.

During Professor Dever's visit and during the three-day April conference on the "Golden Rule in the Religions of the World," the Institute would welcome volunteers to help greet people during the sessions and also help guide participants around campus. Please advise if you would be able to do this by e-mailing iat@bard.edu or calling the office at 845-758-7279. Thank you!

If you would like to renew your membership online, please visit the website www.bard.edu/giving and note that this is for IAT membership. Or if you prefer to mail in your renewal, a printable form is located online, just click here for further information (see column below for additional member benefits).


Bruce Chilton offers a week-long seminar, available for graduate credit, on his new book Abraham's Curse, at the Passionist Retreat Center in the Bronx.The seminar is offered by Wisdom University from March 31 to April 4. Click here for details and registration.

A detailed schedule for the three-day conference, The Golden Rule in the Religions of the World (April 15-17), is available. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are requested. (Click here for details)

For those of you who would like to read and research reference materials of the 1st-century, the Center for James will be open on Monday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Center is located in the basement of Village Dorm A. Please e-mail Rebecca Fanning to confirm at  rf822@bard.edu.

Let us know if there are any topics of interest you would like to share or, indeed, hear more about in this format. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions to iat@bard.edu.

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This spring the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton offers a series of lectures on the topic, "Prophecy, Social Justice, and the Vision of God." These will meet on Wednesdays, through March 12. Make your reservation today! (more)

A four-day seminar for IAT members by Professor William Dever, world-renowned archaeologist and author of Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? (more)

This spring the Institute offers a three-day conference exploring the way the Golden Rule is interpreted in world religions. Organized by Professors Chilton and Neusner, the conference is begins on Tuesday, April 15, through Thursday, April 17.(more)

Bard Chaplaincy Events
Join the Bard Chaplaincy in the Chapel of the Holy Innocents on Sundays at 11:00 a.m., for Catholic Mass at Bard College, a celebration that brings together people of diverse backgrounds, hopes and life experiences and  Evensong-- a multitude of candles, a celebration of light--is offered every Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Shabbat Services are offered on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in Beit Shalom-Salaam (basement of Village Dorm A).
Special Discounts Available for
IAT Members
Bard's Stevenson Library offers IAT members a 20% discount of the annual Community Membership. Just present your 2008 IAT member card at the information desk to receive this discount.
Current IAT members may receive a discount from selected programs at Miriam's Well. For additional information and discounted registration, e-mail info@miriamswell.org.

Mirabai of Woodstock offers current IAT members a 10% discount on all purchases (excluding workshop fees). Mirabai is located at 23 Mill Road in Woodstock.





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