Professor David H. Aaron Appointed Director of Scholarly Publications at HUC-JIR

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Hebrew Union College Annual and the HUC Press have come to represent prestigious venues for the publication of significant monographs in all areas of Judaic Studies. Pursuant the retirement of Professors Edward Goldman and Michael Meyer, the faculty and administration reiterate their commitment to the continuation and expansion of the missions of these two mainstays in the intellectual life of the College-Institute. We have asked David H. Aaron, Professor of Hebrew Bible & the History of Interpretation, to guide us through a period of transition, during which time new modalities of publication and distribution presently transforming the publishing industry will be studied. Professor Aaron will convene an executive editorial board to bring recommendations to the President and Vice President of Academic Affairs by the end of May 2013. As of July 1, Prof. Aaron will assume the role of Director of Scholarly Publications at HUC-JIR, with responsibility for overseeing the independent editorial boards that will be responsible for journals and the Press that serves the College-Institute.

David H. Aaron has been Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, since 1998. He earned a doctorate from the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University; he holds Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR (Cincinnati ‘83). As a graduate student he held fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Universität Tübingen. Prior to coming to HUCJIR, Aaron taught Bible and Rabbinic Literature in the Religion Department of Wellesley College (1991-98) and Biblical Studies at Boston’s Hebrew College (1987-91).

Professor Aaron is the author of Biblical Ambiguities: Metaphor, Semantics, and Divine Imagery (2001); Etched in Stone: the Emergence of the Decalogue (2006); and Genesis Ideology (forthcoming, 2013). He is presently completing a commentary on Pirke Avot called Subversive Principles. As a fellow at the Frankel Institute of the University of Michigan, Aaron began work on a large study that blends theories of complexity and pan-computationalism with a philosophy of causality in history. This interdisciplinary study, tentatively titled, Approaching Daybreak: On Complexity and Historical Causality, will entail two volumes; the first will deal specifically with complexity theory and historiography, the second with the ideology of Hebrew language usage in Judaism from the biblical period through the writings of Abraham ibn Ezra.

Aaron’s scholarly articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Harvard Theological Review, Journal of the Academy of Religion, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Approaches to Ancient Judaism, HebrewUnion CollegeAnnual, and AJS Review. He is a contributor to the Brill Encyclopedia of Midrash (2005); the Blackwell Companion to Judaism (2004), and the Encyclopedia of the Hebrew Language and Linguistics (2010).


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