David J. Gilner - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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David J. Gilner, Ph.D.

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(513) 487-3273
Director of Libraries, Emeritus


Administration Department: 
Academic Field: 
Bible and Cognate Studies
Research Interests: 
Manuscript illuminations

Dr. Gilner served as Director of Libraries, Emeritus Director, Lucille Klau Carothers American Jewish Periodical Center for the four-campus library system of HUC-JIR and Librarian of the Klau Library, Cincinnati. He attended Emory University (Comparative Religion), the University of Illinois (Library and Information Science) and HUC-JIR, Cincinnati, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Biblical and ancient Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Gilner is Editor of the Library’s Bibliographica Judaica monographic series. He is a former President of the Council of Archives and Research Libraries in Jewish Studies and of the Association of Jewish Libraries. He has worked closely with local Christian churches and religious communities to further interfaith understanding and cooperation, and teaches meditation under the aegis of the Foundation for Active Compassion. 

Selected Publications and Edited Works

“Fulfilling Mitzvot through the Practice of Lovingkindness and Wisdom.” Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 32 (2012):27-32.

“’Is That a Hare in My Haroset?’ Art and Whimsy in Haggadah Illumination.” Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries.  New York: The Association, 1998. p.160-165.

Spinoza and Anti-Spinoza Literature: The Printed Literature of Spinozism 1665-1832, by Fritz Bamberger.  Edited by Laurel S. Wolfson and David J. Gilner.  Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2003.

Public Lecture Topics
Status of Women in Biblical Israel
Jesus In A Literary Context
Art And Whimsy in Jewish Manuscript Illumination