Dr. James A. Sanders to Present "What Alexander the Great Did To Us All"

Monday, October 1, 2001

Dr. James A. Sanders, the most senior alumnus of the School of Graduate Studies of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will present "What Alexander the Great Did To Us All" at the next Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series. This critical look at how Alexander the Great and his passion for Greek culture have influenced Judaism and Jewish culture will take place at 12:00 noon on November 7, 2001 at the College-Institute, 3101 Clifton Avenue.

Dr. James A. Sanders received his Ph.D. in Bible and Ancient Judaism from HUC-JIR and has also earned academic degrees from Vanderbilt University, Acadia University, Glasgow University, and Coe College. He was professor of Intertestamental and Biblical Studies at the School of Theology at Claremont from 1977 to 1997 and has held teaching posts at Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Dr. Sanders' scholarly interests bridge the testaments of Christian Scripture with focus on the Prophets, the literature of pre-Christian Judaism, and the New Testament. He has published or edited fifteen books and over 250 scholarly articles.

In its twelfth season, Food For Thought features HUC-JIR faculty and scholars who discuss their fields of expertise and recent research with the public. The Department of Outreach Education invites the community to learn with Dr. Sanders about some of the Hellenistic cultural traits that continue to affect the Jewish community today. To reserve your $8 hot buffet lunch or to learn more about Food For Thought or the Department of Outreach Education at HUC-JIR, contact Marcia Cruse, 221-1875, ext 353.

The School of Graduate Studies of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion welcomes Dr. Sanders as the Graduate Alumnus-In-Residence from November 5-9. In addition to presenting at Food For Thought, Dr. Sanders will conduct six graduate student seminars as well as meet with students about careers in academia.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu