Dr. Adam Kamesar, Professor of Judaeo-Hellenistic Literature, has served with distinction for ten years as Director of the School of Graduate Studies in Cincinnati under the auspices of three presidents of HUC-JIR – Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, and Rabbi David Ellenson. During his years of dedicated leadership, the School of Graduate Studies has educated nearly 100 graduate students of diverse faiths and nationalities and awarded scores of M.A., M.Phil., D.H.L., and Ph.D. degrees in the areas of Bible and Ancient Near East, History of Biblical Interpretation, Jewish Studies in the Greco-Roman Period, Rabbinics, Jewish Religious Thought and Philosophy, and Modern Jewish History to men and women pursuing careers in teaching and scholarship.
After a decade of giving vital supervision and support to students and faculty colleagues, as well as serving as an effective administrator, Dr. Kamesar is fulfilling his long-held wish and will return to his "first love" – fulltime teaching and research. As of Sept. 1, 2007, the College-Institute – with some reluctance – has agreed that he will relinquish his post as Director of the School of Graduate Studies and once again devote himself fully to the classroom and study. Dr. Kamesar is a noted scholar in his field and students both in HUC-JIR's rabbinical and graduate programs will benefit greatly from his inspired teaching and guidance.
Dr. Kamesar received the B.A. in Classical Philology from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1980; the D. Lett. in Medieval Latin Literature from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, in 1983; and the D. Phil. in Greek and Latin Literature from the University of Oxford in 1987.
His extensive publications include Jerome, Greek Scholarship, and the Hebrew Bible (Oxford University Press, 1993), scholarly articles published in the J. Neusner and A.J. Avery-Peck, eds., Encyclopedia of Midrash, and J. Bowley, ed.,Living Traditions of the Bible; and in academic journals including Adamantius; Vigiliae Christianae; Journal of Early Christian Studies; Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies; The Journal of Jewish Studies; The Studia Philonica Annual; and The Journal of Theological Studies.
Dr. Kamesar has lectured widely on topics including the "Reform" view of Judaism in antiquity, Julian "the Apostate" and the attempt to rebuild the Temple in 362 C.E., and the formation of the Jewish and the Christian Bible/"Old Testament."
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