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The Biblical World and Its Impact: Precept and Praxis : A Symposium in Honor of Dr. Samuel Greengus

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dr. Samuel Greengus,  Julian Morgenstern Professor Emeritus of Bible and Near Eastern Literature, and Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages (1963-2010), was honored by a symposium on "The Biblical World and Its Impact: Precept and Praxis" at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati on April 10, 2011. Attended by scholars, students, and the larger Cincinnati community, the symposium presented the research of leading scholars in Bible studies, all of whom earned their doctorates at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. This symposium was presented by the Gustav A. and Mamie E. Efroymson Lectures, which were founded in 1946 by brothers Clarence W. and Robert A. Efroymson in memory of their parents. Since the inaugural lecture in 1975, the Efroymson Lectures have brought many renowned scholars to the Cincinnati campus and have resulted in significant publications.

Rabbi David Ellenson welcomed the symposium participants with a tribute to Dr. Greengus for his long career of servce to the College-Institute, which also included serving as Dean and Director of the Rabbinical School at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati (1979-1984), Director of the School of Graduate Studies (1985-1990; 2007-2010), Dean of Faculty for HUC-JIR (1987-1996). HUC-JIR Vice President of Academic Affairs (1990-1996), and Faculty chair of the Graduate Executive Committee, charged with the oversight of the School of Graduate Studies (1997-2007). He has served as mentor for over 50 doctoral students during the course of his career.

Dr. Nili Fox, Director of the School of Graduate Studies, Dr. Adam Kamesar, Professor of Judaeo-Hellenistic Literature, Dr. David Weisberg, Professor of Bible and Semitic Languages, and Dr. Barry Kogan, Efroymson Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Religious Thought, presided over the symposium sessions, which featured the following presentations by scholars: (please click on the speakers' names for speaker biographies and descriptions of their papers; please click here for the video of the proceedings; please click here for the audio of the proceedings)

Dr. Stephen Andrews, Ph.D., '95, Professor of Old Testament, Hebrew and Archaeology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: Law, Economy, Academia, and Divination in Bronze Age Canaan: The Value of the Cuneiform Tablets Discovered at Tel Hazor

Dr. John H. Walton, Ph.D. '81, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College: Demons in the Ancient Near East, Israel, and the Bible: Exploring the Category of Non-Divine but Supernatural Entities

Dr. Jeffrey L. Cooley, Ph.D., '06, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Boston College: Gilgamesh and Gilgamos for Greengus: Are Ancient Near Eastern Heroes in the Jewish Book of Giants?

Dr. Bill T. Arnold, Ph.D., '85, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary: The Holiness Redaction of the Flood Narrative (Genesis 6:9-9:29): Unifying Two Independent Traditions

Rev. Dr. Bryan E. Beyer, Ph.D. '85, Professor of Bible, Hebrew, and Old Testament, Columbia International University: Isaiah 47 (Taunt Against Babylon) and Isaiah 54 (Israel's Future Hope): An Investigation into a Case of Intertextuality.

Dr. Rodney E. Cloud, Ph.D., '72, Dean, Turner School of Theology, Amridge University: On the Trail of the Elusive Word 'Na'ar': Is It a Term for 'Youth' or "Servant" or Doest It Define a Position and Status?

Dr. Ronald A. Veenker, Ph.D. '68, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew, Old Testament, Ancient Near Eastern Literature and Assyriology, Western Kentucky University: When Gods Lie: Themes from the Biblical Garden of Eden, the Akkadian Story of Adapa, and the Hurrian Song of Ullikummi

Dr. Angele Roskop, Ph.D. '08, Visiting Assistant Professor, Xavier University: Rhetorical Use of the Wilderness Narratives in Judes 11

Dr. Steven M. Voth, Ph.D. '82, Translation Coordinator for the Americas, United Bible Societies: Towards an Ethic of Liberation for Bible Translation: Reevaluating the Role of Ideology and Marketing

Dr. David J. Gilner, Ph.D. '89, Director of Libraries, HUC-JIR: Women, Inheritance, Land, and Lineage in Biblical Israel

Dr. Brian Webster, Ph.D., 00, Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary: The Perfect Verb and the Perfect Woman in the Book of Proverbs

Rabbi Barton G. Lee, C '70; D.H.L. '97, Hillel Arizona State University: Rabbi Joshua Briskin's Handbook on 'Derekh Eretz': A Model Approach for Busy Jews



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