Rabbi David Ellenson Announces the Retirement of : Dr. Samuel Greengus as Director of the : School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Rabbi David Ellenson Announces the Retirement of : Dr. Samuel Greengus as Director of the : School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the retirement of Dr. Samuel Greengus as Director of the School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, as of July 1, 2010. 

“As a distinguished scholar and teacher for nearly five decades at the College-Institute, Dr. Greengus has demonstrated his extraordinary breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise in subject areas including Bible, Commentaries, Biblical Theology, Ancient Near Eastern History; Hebrew, Aramaic, Akkadian, Sumerian -- Languages and Literatures; and  Liturgy, Mishnah, Talmud, Codes,” said Rabbi Ellenson.  “Dr. Greengus has provided guidance and mentorship to generations of graduate and rabbinical students, ensuring that the chain of Jewish scholarship and tradition will be sustained, and has strengthened our institution’s international reknown as a venue for serious research and publication.”

Dr. Greengus has served in key administrative positions at HUC-JIR throughout the past 30 years, including Vice President for Academic Affairs (1990-96), Dean of Faculty, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati (1987-96), Director, School of Graduate Studies (1985-90), Dean of the Cincinnati campus (1985-87), and Dean of the Rabbinical School in Cincinnati (1979-84). A member of the HUC-JIR faculty for nearly five decades, he was appointed the Julian Morgenstern Professor of Bible and Near Eastern Literature in 1989, after serving as Professor of Semitic Languages (1970-88) and Instructor in Semitic Languages (1963-69).  ince 1963, Dr. Greengus has been first or second advisor for 48 Ph.D. dissertations and 2 D.H.L. dissertations written by graduates of the School of Graduate Studies, HUC-JIR, Cincinnati.

Educated at the University of Illinois (1952-54) and Hebrew Theological College in Chicago (1950-58), Dr. Greengus received his M.A. in Judaic Studies (1959) and Ph.D. in Assyriology (1963) at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Leo Baeck College in London, the University of Dayton, Antioch College, and as Area Supervisor at the excavations at Tel Gezer in Israel, co-sponsored by HUC-JIR and the Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the recipient of prestigious fellowships and research grants from the America Association of Theological Schools, America Council of Learned Societies, and American Philosophical Society.

An internationally renowned scholar in Semitic languages, Bible, Rabbinics, and Ancient History, Dr. Greengus is the author of Old Babylonian Tablets from Ishchali and Vicinity, Nederlands Historisch-Archaeologisch Instituut te Istanbul vol. XLIV, Leiden, 1979; and Studies in Ishchali Documents, Bibliotheca Mesopotamica vol. 19, Undena Publications, Malibu, 1986.  He has presented keynote addresses and papers at major international academic conferences and published numerous scholarly articles and reviews in books and journals (see http://www.huc.edu/faculty/faculty/greengus.shtml).

Dr. Greengus is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Hebrew Union College Annual (1978 to present) and the Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte (1995 to present). He has served on the Steering Committee of the Biblical Law Section, Society of Biblical Literature (1987-2003); Board of Trustees, Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (1986-96); Executive Committee, Midwest Jewish Studies Association (1988-93); as Chair, Academic Officers of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (1984-5); and as a member of the Visiting Committee, The School for Creative and Performing Arts (1980-2); and Board Member, Cincinnati Community Hebrew Schools (1970-5).



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