Dr. Jason Kalman, Associate Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation, has been granted tenure at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, as of July 1, 2013.
Dr. Michael Marmur, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, stated, “Dr. Kalman provides an important model to our students of the capacities and sensibilities associated with the finest traditions of our institution. We are privileged to have him and his family as part of the core of the College-Institute.”
Dr. Kalman received his Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University and is a research fellow affiliated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. He specializes in the history of Jewish biblical exegesis and his specific research interests include rabbinic anti-Christian polemic, medieval intellectual history as reflected in biblical commentary, and biblical interpretation after the Holocaust. His most recent research involves the history of Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship and reception history.
He is co-author with Jaqueline DuToit of Canada's Big Biblical Bargain: How McGill University Bought the Dead Sea Scrolls (2010) and the author of Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls (2012). As the book review editor for H-Judaic, an online network for Jewish studies scholars, he has overseen the publication of more than 300 academic reviews. His wife, historian Dr. Dana Herman, is managing editor of The American Jewish Archives Journal and academic associate of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
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