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James Kugel

Contributors

James Kugel, a specialist in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, was Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University 1982-2003 and later Director of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University, Israel. He is the author of more than 70 research articles and 13 books, including The Bible As It Was, which won the Grawemeyer Prize in Religion in 2001 and How To Read The Bible, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 2007. His most recent book is In the Valley of the Shadow.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2013

Thursday, 28 February 2013

As the current chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, approached retirement, and a new appointment is sought, three experts considered the inherent tensions of modern orthodox Jewish practice in Britain and beyond. What place can be found for women, for religious pluralism, for critical scholarship? As the society with which it interacts changes, can Modern Orthodoxy adapt?

Israel-based scholar James Kugel joined UK communal leader Simon Hochhauser for a discussion chaired by Miri Freud-Kandel of the Oxford Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Chair: Maureen Kendler

One of the things the Dead Sea Scrolls have shown is what Jews in ancient times thought about the Bible, even before its last chapters were written. The scrolls have provided some of the most ancient written examples of traditional Jewish interpretation, and a snapshot of how interpretation, known as “Midrash”, arose.

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Video

 
Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.