Professor Jacob Neusner is the senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology and a full-time professor at Bard College. He has published more than 800 books and innumerable articles. His publications range from the scholarly and academic to the popular and journalistic. Professor Neusner has been awarded nine honorary degrees and fourteen academic medals.
Not only must we, as moderns, deal with the question of how miracles and the giving of Torah might be understood, but more importantly, we must struggle with what the ancients thought they were doing when they wrote about the past. But this is the academic side of the inquiry. Neusner wants us to move beyond these standard, academic questions. He challenges us to scrutinize how the past has been used to forge a religious conceptualization of history in general, and how this conceptualization might inform religious life today. History becomes both paradigmatic and generative---paradigmatic of religious ideals (such as revelation and redemption), and generative of ideas for our religious imaginations.
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What is available in the archive?
After you register, you will be able to download Professor Neusner's essay. In addition, you will also be able to download two response papers. We also have clips of an interview with Jacob Neusner. Once you register, you will receive a username and password to access the papers and additional video interview clips.
is the senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology and a full-time
professor at Bard College. He has published more than 800 books and unnumbered
articles, both scholarly and academic, popular and journalistic, and has
been awarded nine honorary degrees and fourteen academic medals.
He was President of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the founding committee of the Association for Jewish Studies. He founded the European Association of Jewish Studies and also served, by appointment of President Carter, as Member of the National Council on the Humanities and, by appointment of President Reagan, as Member of the National Council on the Arts. He is editor of Academic Studies in the History of Judaism, Academic Studies on Religion and the Social Order, and International Studies in Formative Christianity and Judaism, and is editor of the Encyclopedia of Judaism (Brill, 1999. I-III), The Annual of Rabbinic Judaism, and the Brill Reference Library of Judaism both published by E. J. Brill. He is editor of Studies in Ancient Judaism and was editor of Judaism of the Dictionary of Religion and the Encyclopedia of Religion (Britannica/Merriam Webster.)